Shingles is a painful viral infection of the sensory nerves that is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster). After having chicken pox, the virus remains dormant in the spinal cord until it is triggered by stress or an immune insult. Shingles tends to appear most frequently in adults over the age of 60 and is characterized by painful blisters over the skin where the nerve is located. The blisters can last for 1 to 2 weeks, but the pain can stick around for many months.
Here are some suggestions for shingles relief:
Pathway Herp-Ease – this liquid herbal formula is designed to enhance immune function. Ingredients include neem, licorice, St. Johns wort, and turmeric for a powerful anti-viral and anti-inflammatory blend. Take 60 drops three times daily.
Gaia Herbs: Skullcap/St. John’s Wort Supreme – liquid blend of oats, skullcap, St. Johns wort, valerian, calendula, chamomile, and California poppy to support nerve health, as well as provide relaxation support. Take 60 drops three times daily.
Pathway Synergy C (1000 mg tablets) – blend of vitamin C, quercetin and turmeric. This powerful combination supports immune activity. Take 2 tablets twice daily (total of 4 grams a day).
Gaia Echinacea Supreme – supports the body’s immune response. Take 2 capsules every 2 hours at onset.
Pathway Lysine (500 mg capsule) – an amino acid that helps fight the zoster virus. Take 1 capsule, three daily.
Pathway B Complex 50 – essential for healthy nerve function. Take 1 capsule twice daily
Topical Support – peppermint essential oil applied to the blisters can provide a numbing effect, and St. John’s wort oil is supportive to nerve tissue.