By Linda Mackenzie,
Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster,
is a viral infection that affects the nerve endings in the skin and
causes a painful rash. When the shingles is activated and the virus
hits the nerve endings it send signals to the brain which interprets
it as severe pain, itching, burning and makes the skin most sensitive.
It can occur to anyone at any age but mostly hits those over 50.
Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the
same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the
virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain.
Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles if and when you have
a weakened immune system.
However more recently Shingles may be caused by getting a COVID vaccine.
A study of the Pfizer vaccine published in the New England Journal of
Medicine used two different measures of risk and a data set of more
than 2.4 million vaccinated Israelis and the result confirmed the vaccine
is associated with an excess risk of shingles - as well as inflammation
of the heart, lymph node abnormalities and appendicitis. This and other
reports pin blame not just on the Pfizer shots but also on Moderna's
mRNA shot and all the other major COVID vaccines in use around the world,
including China's Sinovac, India's Covaxin, AstraZeneca and the Janssen/Johnson
& Johnson vaccine.
Other causes of Shingles are cancer, the use of anti-cancer drugs, stress,
spinal cord injuries, HIV, or the use of medications such as corticosteroids
or cyclosporin. In most cases one usually cannot determine what the
Usually an attack of Shingles is preceded by 3 or 4 days of chills,
fever and aching. Then a crop of tiny fluid filled blisters appear.
Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears
as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or
the right side of your abdomen underneath the ribs. This can be accompanied
by: depression, fatigue, numbness, painful, swollen lymph nodes fever,
shooting pain and headache. This stage of shingles can last 7-14 days.
The blisters usually form scabs and drop off. Most cases of Shingles
last a few weeks however, aggressive cases can be months or years after
the blisters have disappeared.
The signs and symptoms usually affect only a small section of one side
of your body and may include:
Pain, burning, numbness or tingling
Sensitivity to touch
A red rash that begins a few days after the pain
Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over
Sensitivity to Light
Other complications from shingles can include:
Postherpetic neuralgia - shingles pain continues
long after the blisters are gone
- Neurological problems like:
o inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)
o facial paralysis
o balance problems.
- Skin infections
- Attacking internal organs
Here's some Natural Methods that may help Shingles.
Using one of the highest quality essential oils from below add
few drops to one tablespoon of one of these carrier oils: Olive,
Almond or Peanut Oil and pat on lesions several times a day.
Here is a special formula you can try that may help in 3 days:
80% Almond Oil
15% Tea Tree Oil
5% Jojoba oil
Pat oil on lesions several times a day.
|Another thing you can try to aid to alleviate pain:
Capsaicin Cream - Apply topically 4X a day
VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS
|Calcium and Magnesium
||Vitamin B Complex (with extra B12)
||Grape Seed Extract
|Maitake, Reishi, or Shitake Extract
||Bee Pollen or Bee Propolis
||Goldenseal (do not take more than 1 week
at a time or if allergic to ragweed or pregnant)
|Licorice Root Extract
||St Johns Wort
|Brewers Yeast, Brown Rice, Garlic, raw fruits and
vegetables, whole grains, nuts, bananas, sweet potatoes, potatoes
No junk food, fried, greasy or processed foods, white flour,
salt, dairy products(except eggs, butter, cottage cheese) and
limit red meat.
|NATURAL MIND THERAPY AND HINTS
- Avoid stress and tension
- Exercise - walking, yoga, tai chi
- Do deep breathing exercises several times during the day
- Do meditation, visualization, self-hypnosis, get out in
- Do Deal with Your Emotions
Learning to cope and deal with emotions in positive ways can
help your healing process. You are what you think - so for a
positive outcome - THINK POSITIVE! Here are some of the emotions
you may have to deal with and some suggestions on how to handle
- Denial: Look to balance your mind and work on looking
at the real picture.
- Anger: acknowledge it, take an appropriate action (e.g.,
Punch a pillow, go into a room by yourself and scream, walk
around the block, draw a picture) then let it go.
- Sadness: Let it out and cry, get support from friends,
loved ones or a support group, start and write a your own healing
journal, do artwork therapy, write a letter to yourself.
- Worry: is a useless emotion which accomplishes nothing
and eats up your time. Time in which you can be doing something
positive to help your healing process. When you get a "worry"
thought acknowledge that you have it and let it go immediately.
- Change your emotions to positive ones like hope, joy
- Make your Environment Happy. Bring your favorite personal
pictures, paintings, music, flowers and plants, aromatherapy
fragrances with you to the hospital or even spruce up your room
- Avoid negative people and situations.
- Make a list of supportive people and groups in your
life and use the list!
- Do Face Your Fears:
- The only thing to fear is fear itself. You are in God's
hands and will be all right - no matter what..
- You create your reality with your thoughts. So if you
feel, know and trust that the outcome will be positive and that
you will heal - YOU WILL.
- Positive Energy resonates to a higher energetic frequency
than negative. Positive energy that can make you feel good and
help you face your fears can be activated by thought. The higher
frequencies correlate with the upper chakras (esoteric electrical
energy centers in the body) starting with the heart chakra and
up to the crown chakra. To activate these centers - BUZZ. That's
right just buzz like a bee. You will be surprised as to how
- Another helpful hint for fear is to BREATHE. Breathe
in through the nose slowly and deeply and then breathe out with
the mouth in a rhythmic pattern. This will immediately lower
your pulse and heart rate and get you centered. Physically it
activates the Vegas nerve which is the major quieting nerve
in the body. The Vegas nerve starts at the base of the brain
and branches out to the heart, lungs and intestinal track. By
just breathing deeply it automatically quiets your body and
- Remember fear is your friend, not an enemy. Society
teaches us that fear should be avoided but you can reprogram
your mind to make fear a friend. You can always learn something
you fear and once you learn it the fear usually doesn't come
- Remember there are 4 steps to managing fear and turning
it into a positive emotion: 1) Acknowledge your fear; 2)
Feel how the fear is affecting your body; 3) Think about and
determine what the best action is and 4) Do the action. Putting
off the action delays releasing the fear.
- Let go of your fear, ego, rigid goals, expectations,
negative attitudes and negative feelings and replace them with
to Living in the Moment, trust, hope, positive intention and
attitudes and positive feelings.
- Do Deal with Stress
To help your healing process here are some helpful hints you
can use to deal with stress:
- Use the POWER of Positive thought and positive intention
- Practice Relaxation for Rejuvenation
- Use Visualization. You can visualize a time when you
were in perfect health and everything was going 100% right in
your life. Then anytime you are having a stressful time go back
to that place, visualize it and feel the joy and happiness.
- Self Hypnosis
- Listen to calming music
- Pamper yourself with a candlelit bath, etc.
- Use color therapy like soothing blues and greens.
- Take a 1 minute stress break. Close your eyes. Tell
yourself you are going to be stressed for 1 minute and at the
end of 1 minute you will be stress free. It works!
- Look in the mirror and use Positive Self-Talk to describe
the outcome as you want it to be.
- Avoid using negative words like I can't, I won't, I
shouldn't, I couldn't. Replace them: I can, I will, etc.
- Live in the Now, not the past or the future
- Don't try to control things
- Feel, Trust and Know things will be all right and they
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent
any disease and we recommend you check with your health care practitioner
before beginning any treatment.
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