Shingles is a viral disease that only affects people who suffered from chickenpox. This is because the varicella zoster virus never abandons your body, so the virus stays dormant and when you have a weakened immune system it reactivates and manifests as a shingles outbreak.
I’m guessing that if you are reading this article you already know what shingles is and that there’s not really a cure for it. Doctors usually prescribe painkillers, creams, antivirals, antibiotics, antidepressants, anesthetics, anticonvulsants and opioids. And this is just to deal with the symptoms. Many of these medications weaken your immune system even more, and as you already know the herpes virus only thrives in a vulnerable organism. So in this article we’ll go through five amazing and holistic shingles remedies that will not only give you relief, but will strengthen your entire system and help you fight this painful ailment NATURALLY.
A Holistic Approach
Lysine & Vitamin C:
If the herpes zoster usually affects people with weakened immune systems the first logical thing to do is give your body a hand in boosting your defenses.
Lysine is an essential amino acid that works as a herpes inhibitor. You can find it in red meats, fish, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, pears, pineapples and asparagus. It would be wise to eat a lot of these and also take a lysine supplement.
During the shingles outbreak you should avoid eating peanuts, chocolate, all kinds of sugars and cashews because they are high sources of arginine. This substance works as a stimulator so for now stay away from these foods.
High doses of Vitamin C have proven to be effective against this virus so take a Vitamin C supplement four times a day.
With lysine and Vitamin C you will start boosting your immune system and feeling better. Now, we’ll go through other four holistic remedies that will give you relief.
The benefits of this herb go beyond its soothing effects and aromatherapy. All the plant, including the flower, branches and leaves can be used for medicinal purposes.
Lemon balm is from the mint family and produces a sedative effect over the central nervous system. It’s used for treating stomach disorders, insomnia, fever, nausea, irritability, flu, bronchial inflammation, high blood pressure and PMS syndrome. And for this same reason, it’s often used to treat herpes topically because it relieves pain.
Many studies indicate that lemon balm has antiviral properties. They discovered this herb prevents the virus to attach to new cells. This means that by taking this tea orally the herpes virus will not thrive and will live for a short time in your body.
Lemon balm is a great remedy from nature because you can use it as sedative to relax and relief pain but also as an antiviral.
How To Use It
Place two handfuls of lemon balm leaves in four cups of water and boil for twenty minutes. Then let the infusion cool down and soak as many cotton balls as you need to cover the affected area. You can do this every time you feel uncomfortable or in pain.
Now, to accelerate the healing process drink at least four cups of lemon balm tea every day.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
For a long time apple cider vinegar has been used as a natural remedy, and this is for a good reason. It helps in conditions from fungus to diabetes, and it has so many other benefits that I could write a whole book naming them.
You can use apple cider vinegar in three ways for treating shingles, check them out.
How To Use It
Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it three times a day. This will relieve the pain very quickly.
Soak cotton balls in apple cider vinegar and apply to the affected area for thirty minutes. Also do this three times a day, and the itchiness will be gone. It stops the rash from spreading and dries the wounds faster.
Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath. Just don’t use hot water, lukewarm is best. If you could do this at night, it would be great, so you don’t need to cover the area of your body where the rash is. Just let it breathe and dry naturally.
Olive leaves contain a glucoside named oleuropein, enzymes and many other substances that are essential for the human body. They have astringent, antiseptic and diuretic properties, but its antiviral characteristics are so powerful that can help you combat many ailments. People with AIDS have used strong doses of this leaf, and the results have been fantastic. The secret of this is to make a strong tea. It can have a bitter taste, but it’s totally worth it so don’t let this discourage you.
How To Use It
Add three tablespoons of olive leaves to two cups of boiling water. Lower the heat and boil another fifteen minutes. Strain and drink. You can take this cold or hot, whatever you prefer. Add some honey in case the taste is too bitter or too strong for you and drink at least three cups a day.
You can also take olive leaf supplements with the Vitamin C and lysine.
Licorice is a root that has many applications related to health, and its use has many benefits. It’s commonly used for stomach issues, constipation and respiratory infections. But licorice also has a potent antiviral action, and for this reason it’s included in this list.
How To Use It
Boil two cups of water and add two sticks of licorice. Let the infusion cool down and then soak a cotton ball and cover the blisters. This relieves pain instantly and accelerates the healing process. Do this at least two times a day.
Licorice extract is also amazing for people who suffer from postherpetic neuralgia. You just apply the liquid over the area in pain two to three times a day.
These are very powerful ways to deal with this ailment at home naturally. Shingles is a painful and aggressive disease, but there are many things you can do to feel better. The holistic approach don’t only works, it’s your best choice.