Stop Shingles Pain Naturally

Did you know that 20–30% of people suffer from an episode of shingles in their lifetime? In South Africa, statistics indicate that approximately 102,000 people are diagnosed with shingles annually. Of the 11,600 sufferers in the Western Cape, 7,400 can be found in Cape Town alone.

What is Shingles?

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Also known as herpes zoster, it often appears as a band of blisters spreading from the middle of the back around one side of the chest to the breastbone. Other areas of the body can also be affected, including the neck, face, or scalp.

It used to be most common in people over the age of 50, but that’s not the case anymore. Nowadays, stress levels affecting younger generations have seen an increase in the prevalence of shingles in this group, where historically it was a disease of the elderly.

the image depicts shingles on the human body
Photo Collage of Shingles

Anyone who has suffered from shingles knows how painful it is due to the nerve endings beneath the skin’s surface being damaged by the virus. These little nerve endings take time to heal, and the pain is referred to as Post Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN). Post Herpetic Neuralgia can last for years after the shingles rash has healed.

Shingles is related to the chickenpox virus. Once you have had chickenpox, you have the shingles virus in your system lying dormant until it is activated to cause shingles. This arises from one of three situations:

1. A weakened immune system due to chronic illness such as HIV, auto-immune disorders, or recurrent infections.

2. From an emotional shock, like the loss of a loved one or other grief incidences.

3. From ongoing and prolonged stress.

It has been found that the shingles virus lies dormant at the base of the nerves where they extend from the vertebra along the spinal column. When the shingles virus is reactivated by one of the above events, it travels down the nerve towards the skin where it produces its symptoms, a rash in the dermatome. A dermatome is the skin area supplied by specific nerves. The dermatome mostly affected is around the torso, either on the left or right-hand side. Seldom does the virus affect both sides at once.

The infection starts with a sensitivity being felt on the skin surface, then a rash appears followed by blisters which have a slight watery appearance. There can be itching associated with the rash and blisters. After about 2 weeks, the rash begins to heal, ushering in the start of the pain associated with the condition. People have said ‘it feels like ants crawling under the skin’. The skin becomes so sensitive that even having clothing rubbing or touching the area is unbearable. Most shingles sufferers complain of the Post Herpetic Neuralgia, which is exceptionally debilitating and interferes with the normal daily functioning of the sufferer.

Effective Homeopathic Formula

Dr. Mari Jordi, a registered homeopathic doctor based in the Southern Peninsula, has been successfully treating PHN. “There does not seem to be any real successful allopathic medication for post herpetic neuralgia sufferers.” says Dr. Jordi. The GP treatment of choice is usually pain killers and anti-epileptic drugs. The painkillers such as aspirin and paracetamol (to mention a few) don’t heal the damaged nerve endings. Shingles sufferers have found no real long term benefit from these painkillers. The anti-epileptic drugs also do not heal the damaged nerve endings, and once again the patient continues to suffer the PHN. From Dr. Jordi’s experience with homeopathic remedies shows that patients who commit to a 6-month treatment find that during the recovery process, the severity of the pain does diminish. Then the duration of pain episodes subsides after further treatment as the nerves heal; twinges of pain will be experienced until there is no further associated pain and the nerves are completely healed. As seen in the pictures below.

Photo of Patient with Shingles Photo of Patient after treatment: Shingles has gone

Shingles Facts

– Shingles is indeed contagious and can be spread from an affected person to babies, children, or adults who have not had chickenpox. But instead of developing shingles, these people develop chickenpox.

– The duration of the outbreak may take 3 to 4 weeks from start to finish.

– Once a person has had chickenpox, they cannot contract shingles (or the virus) from someone else. If you have had chickenpox, you have had the virus infection that can reactivate at a later date to produce shingles, so you can still “get” or develop shingles.

– Doctors diagnose shingles based on the appearance of the rash. It may also be diagnosed by scraping a swab of the fluid from the blisters that can be analysed in a lab.

Celebrities who have suffered from Shingles

– The late Robin Williams, suffered from shingles in the 80s, and the famous Hollywood comedian was actually sued by an ex-partner at the time because she believed the Herpes Zoster was symptomatic of another health condition. She tried to sue him for allegedly passing on the virus to her.

– Rosanne Barr; Comedian and actress has said that shingles was the worst pain she has ever felt and compared it to the pain of childbirth, saying that she would take childbirth over shingles any day.

– Anne Heche; struggled with the condition, and it affected her life so much that she wrote about it in her memoir called “Call Me Crazy.”

– Billy Idol: the hugely popular British rock musician, has spoken about his bad experience of living with shingles. He complained that it was the most painful experience he has endured and was bedridden due to the severity of his symptoms. The pain, although it only lasted a few weeks, left him unable to perform.

Other famous people who have suffered from shingles:

– Golda Meir (former Israeli Prime Minister)

– Tony LaRussa (baseball manager)

– Richard M. Nixon (former President of the U.S.A.)

Disclaimer: Please note this article is for information purposes only, it it not intended to treat, diagnose or cure. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements or making significant lifestyle changes. They can provide personalized advice and ensure that your approach is safe and effective for your specific needs.

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