Postherpetic neuralgia occurs when nerves have been damaged in the area where an outbreak of shingles has occurred. The pain of shingles persists after the rash has gone and in some people it lasts months or even years.
Shingles is an infection of a nerve area caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The virus usually affects one nerve only, on one side of the body. Symptoms occur in the area of skin that the nerve supplies. Occasionally, two or three nerves next to each other are affected.
The first sign of shingles usually is a tingling feeling, itchiness, constant dull, burning, gnawing or stabbing pain on the skin typically on the back, side, tummy or face near the eye. A rash typically appears 2-3 days after the pain begins.
In our practice we see numerous patients with postherpetic neuralgia even though they have been given treatments by their medical doctor. To avoid this long lasting pain it is crucial to begin natural treatments as soon as possible after diagnosis to prevent nerve damage. The longer the person has experienced the pain, the more difficult it is to reverse it.
Upon Shingles diagnosis immediately start taking (along with your doctor's treatments):
Olive leaf extract (Natural Factors) 2 caps 3 x day to kill off the virus. Take it even if you are on an anti-viral medication from the doctor.
B-12 1000mcg (sublingual) (Jarrow Formulas) under the tongue 2 x day to protect the nerve.
Rodex Forte (which is a time released vitamin B-6 150mg) 1 cap 2 x day to protect the nerve.
Curcumin Phytosome Meriva 500mg (Jarrow Formulas) 3x day with meals for pain relief.
Geranium oil- or Olbas Salve apply topically on scabs as often as needed for pain relief. If sores are open apply Colloidal Silver gel to kill the infection topically.
I can’t urge strenuously enough to begin this treatment as soon as possible when shingles has been diagnosed and to continue for at least 2 weeks after pain is completely gone. For further treatment suggestions it is advised to schedule an in-office or telephone Natural Wellness Appointment at the Tree of Life Wellness Center. 508-336-4242
Jane Jansen Naturopath Tree of Life Wellness Center
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