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How To Eliminate Shingles Quickly and Naturally Using Alternative Holistic Methods

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Shingles (herpes zoster) is a secondary outbreak of the chicken pox virus. It can happen decades after the original infection. It is usually less severe the second time. It may occur for people who have had either chicken pox or the chicken pox vaccination. It is often caused by the vaccine, and people who get the vaccine strain years after a vaccination get a much worse version of shingles. It is an opportunistic virus that will strike whenever the immune system is sufficiently impaired. Those who have never contracted chicken pox are at risk of contracting it from people with shingles. When it first occurs, shingles usually appears in circular patterns.

You Should Not Visit Your Doctor

Doctors will prescribe just about anything for shingles, except for something that actually works. Some prescribe painkillers, anti-depressants, and topical petrochemical creams. The establishment's resultant help-to-harm ratio is rather disturbing. More often than not, standard treatments actually stress the immune system to make the outbreak last longer. Prescribing anti-depressants for a shingles outbreak is insanity, and places the patient at more risk than the original virus. Pharmaceutical anti-depressants are known to cause suicidal and homicidal behaviors, especially in those not needing them. All of the orthodox treatment options have risks, and are rarely effective. Shingles will eventually disappear without treatment, and the amount of time depends on the strength of the immune system.

Natural Treatments

A natural, holistic approach to shingles takes into account that it is part of the herpes family of viruses. When it is treated appropriately, the virus outbreak will be short-lived. Herpes can only thrive in a body with a weakened immune system. The herpes family of viruses are particularly effected by a person's L-arginine to L-lysine ratio. These are natural amino acids that are found inside the human body, but they come from foods. There must be a greater level of arginine in the body for herpes viruses to thrive.

Lysine is found in proteins, dairy, and most vegetables. Arginine is found in nuts, chocolate, and tomatoes. Use the chart below to ensure that the diet is higher in lysine foods, until the outbreak passes.

Foods with Lysine
Foods with Arginine
All meats
Green beans
Wheat Germ
Brussels sprouts
Pumpkin Seeds

A chiropractor will generally be more helpful than a standard doctor. The shingles virus dwells in the spinal column, where the virus may remain dormant for decades. Spinal misalignment is a strong contributing factor in outbreaks, and their duration. Therefore, chiropractic adjustments can dramatically speed the recovery process.

In order to reduce pain and stimulate recovery, soak a cloth rag in apple cider vinegar. Next, sprinkle cayenne pepper powder over the lesions, and cover them with the damped rag. Put a hot water bottle on top of the rag, or use some other safe source for heat. Be careful not to burn the person. This procedure should dramatically reduce recovery time if repeated regularly. It will also provide much needed relief to the itching.

It would be wise to temporarily supplement with large doses of lysine of up to 2000 mg. per day (2 grams), until the shingles outbreak is gone. However, this large dosage may cause health problems if it is continued for an extended period. A mere handful of peanuts is usually enough to unfavorably shift the balance in favor of arginine, so a carefully planned diet is absolutely critical for fast recovery. Oral doses of colloidal silver can be helpful too, because colloidal silver is harmful to viruses. Large doses of vitamin C are known for being helpful in reducing the recovery time. We intentionally neglected to list herbs as an option, because herbs have almost no effect on herpes, chickenpox, or shingles.


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Comments (26)
  • R L Timpson  - Mr.

    I used Homemade Garlic oil (Garlic plus Olive Oil blended in a blender) with a Q-Tip to break the blisters....rubbing them until there was pink on the Q-Tip. They would scab over and dry up.
    Mine was a cronic case and I use this method for 10 years successfully. I learned other methods but this was the fastest, and yes a little painful when rubbing the blisters until they bring a small amount of blood. Interesting enough I have zero scaring.

  • YK Lee

    Mr Timpson,
    Your treatment worked wonder for me within 1 month. I washed with baby soap and applied the lotion 5 times a day. Of course, diet and sleep helped in the recovery. TQ Mr.Timpson.

  • K Richardson  - my experience with herbs and shingles

    After hospitilization in an ICU, I developed shingles. Equal parts of tamanu and tea tree oil (Calophyllum inophyllum and melaleuca alternofolia) 5x a day diminished the pain (after initial burning when used) and within 5 days the blisters had healed completely leaving only a red patch. No further recurrence after 2 years. I'd use this again in an instant.

  • Linda Hargraves

    I had my first outbreak of shingles right around the time I was five years old. I'm pretty convinced it was due to one of the inoculations I had to have before kindergarten. That first outbreak was the worst one, affecting almost every inch of my body. After that the outbreaks were rare until adulthood. I would always get them when under stress. Now that I'm 55 I have found that GABA keeps it under control. I use the pure, powdered form that you take sublingually. I take it every morning and more often during times of stress. I sleep much better now and the shingles have gone from being a monthly occurrence to a yearly one.

  • Christian Mccreery  - Emu aid cream helps!

    I had an outbreak of shingles and found the information on this healthwyze website to be very helpful,especially the chart about the foods to avoid and the ones that are encouraged...very helpful! I also found a cream called Emuaid that is somewhat pricey but I ordered it and used it as directed and it also was very helpful. In fact it gave me relief from the pain in a matter of hours and I noticed the swelling and redness of the blisters diminish overnight! I am very impressed! The cream is all natural and no petrochemicals! The only thing that I didn't like was the price of the cream which was around $50 for 2 oz. It really did help heal my shingles blisters and I didn't have to go to the hospital and have drugs prescribed.From what I understand, a lot of these drugs do not help much anyway and some of them cause a lot more problems than they help. I also used colloidal silver for the first week and supplemented with lysine as recommended and I believe that this also helped. I tried the vinegar and cayenne pepper treatment but discontinued that immediately as it irritated and burned like torture! I would not recommend this at all but to each his own. The Emuaid cream really is a miracle product that works! If you can afford it you should try it!

  • valerie wood  - ms

    I found the dietary advice very helpful too and had to resort to painkillers at the initial outbreak of shingles. I also would highly recommend the frequent application of calamine lotion for instant temporary relief it both soothes the sores and has a cool calming effect and also keeps the sores dry which helps in the healing process.

  • Suzanne McKinley  - Shingles

    Do you have a more complete list of food to eat for Shingles? I printed your list from your site.

    I have Shingles and had the Shingles shot in 2009. I don't think I ever had chickenpox. The Shingles shot may have made my Shingles a milder case or they gave me the Shingles.

    I went to my M.D. doctor and my Chiropractor and the Chiropractor is giving me laser treatment and adjusting me.

    I take pain pills prescribed by the M.D. doctor. I have not been eating meat so will include it again in my diet. I didn't get blisters - just a rash that is almost gone.

    The doctor prescribed Gabapentin too and I'm afraid to take it because of side effects. I have taken 3 of them. I also take something called Shingles. It's drops from Newton and they are in Conyers, Ga..

    Any help/suggestions you can give me will be very appreciated. Thank you.

  • Meredith Twiss  - Shingles

    This is a great article. I had shingles for the first (and only time so far) in 2009 and did the Lysine, Vit C, and topical ACV treatment. One thing I also did which seemed to help was take high doses of sublingual B12 to protect the nerve sheath. I had no problems with neuralgia at all.

    Hope this is helpful to someone.

  • Christine macleod

    I had shingles many years ago and never repeated except when my immune system is compromised and I get sick I also get the same excruciating pain in my back. No rash, itching or blisters just pain. Does anyone have an holistic treatment for this?

  • Tami Wilcox  - Propolis and Neem

    I used Propolis and Neem to g cure my shingles. It worked very fast and was cheap. The propolis liquid I applied to blisters and it deflated them within 15 mins. I used this for the first day, then I mixed the propolis and Neem cream and applied it where ever I had the rash and pain. It was completely gone in less than 2 weeks. The pain was lessened in the first day or so. It cures the shingles and keeps it from recurring. This was more than 5 years ago and it has never returned.

  • Elisa Ruehlmann

    I just ordered some neem cream and propolis tincture. Can't wait to try them out. Thanks for the recommendation.

    I also tried the ACV today and there was a dramatic difference in the look of my shingles and I already feel much more comfortable. As usual, the homeopathic solution was better than the medicine my doctor subcribed (valtrex).

  • Molly Hawkins

    same here, Elisa! I'm waiting on the neem cream and propolis to come in. Eager to try them out, too! I'm using the ACV constantly as well

  • Molly Hawkins

    Thanks for the advice, Tami! I ordered both o them online yesterday after reading your advice. Thank you!!

  • Jane Gulley  - cold sore

    I just found out that putting real vanilla extract on a cold sore would help and it did. It was gone in a few days and so was the tingle.
    Just a thought...
    Maybe it would help shingles outbreak?

  • Kresentia Silaban  - Shingles

    Great Article!!! Thank you so much!!! I feel better in just one week !! I follow the diet, take Anti Viral from the doctor, Vit C, Vit B6, B Complex and do Lysine Food Diet. I put AVC to help dry the Shingles.
    Once again thank you!!

  • Molly Hawkins

    ditto, Kresentia!! same with me -- so very thankful for this article!

  • Molly Hawkins  - Thank You!!

    I was diagnosed three days ago and immediately started the apple cider vinegar after finding this cite. I'm dabbing it on throughout the day and am also drinking a capful of it three or four times daily. My initial breakout is healing and it the places where it began to spread seem to have been stopped in their tracks. I'm also taking the antiviral prescription from my doctor, plus extra multi-vitamins and extra b vitamins. I also went strictly by your food plus others I googled that were high in lysine. I can't imagine that I would have gotten better this quickly without finding your article.

    I've also shared all of this with an older man in our town who's had a terrible bout of shingles for THREE YEARS now --- he'd been to two neurologists and to a pain management specialist. NONE had ever mentioned diet or ACV --- WOW!!(Oh, and he told me that he's been eating peanuts and peanut butter almost daily for the past three years!!) Thanks so very much!

  • Carmen Gomez

    I began feeling my shingle symptoms and rapidly searched for alternatives to medical treatments. I found in this site what would be my remedy. Definitely what cured my shingles was the apple cider vinegar. I applied it on my rash alone during the day and in a mixture with coconut oil and cayenne pepper in the morning and night. I also mixed ACV with aloe vera and baking soda and drank one tablespoon every 4 hours. I am very greatfull I read about this remedy in this site because this happened two weeks ago and today I only have a small insignificant dot, but I will keep applying ACV until its gone. I do not have any pain at all thanks be to God and this site.

  • Sherry Thompson

    Today was my 2 month anniversary of my mother death and was diagnosed with Shingles. I want to thank all of you for you comments and I will be taking a holistic approach for relief.

    Thank you again.

  • Lynn Summer

    I looked on your website instantly when I thought I had Shingles. I was terrified from horror stories I heard from others having Shingles. My naturopatic doctor was out of town and so was I. So I took food grade Hydrogen Peroxide and diluted it 1 oz of 35% peroxide to 15 oz of distiller water. I put it on a cotton ball and held it on the sores. Then I took the unscented organic Hand and Heel repair cream from Sage Stone Botanicals and put it on 2-3 times per day. I also took a naturopathic pain drops for 3 days, After one week I had no pain and my sores had diminished to just a light rash. The cream helped with the itching and kept my clothes from irritating it. I never lost a day of work!! My naturopathic doctor was amazed that it healed so quickly. :)

  • Georgina Haul

    Fabulous article. The only thing I can add is that, surprisingly, soluble Aspirin worked a treat for me regarding the pain, every time.I'd feel human for at least 5 hours :)

  • kenneth l. lane

    OMG! I wish that I had found this site three weeks ago. My blisters healed 10 days. The burning nerve pain is unbelievable unbearable! Please help,I'm a 62 year old male in construction. Unfortunately, I love tomatoes,one a day. Gabapentin 1800 a day. Six weeks of prednisone caused this.

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