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Shingles

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful viral infection caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus responsible for chickenpox. While conventional medical treatments focus on antiviral medications and pain management, the naturopathic approach to treating shingles takes a holistic perspective, addressing the underlying causes and promoting overall well-being.

Naturopathic practitioners view health as a balance between physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The treatment approach involves identifying and addressing the root causes of illness rather than merely alleviating symptoms. An key observation for patients under the age of 50yo who develop Shingles is a weakened immune system leaving a patient more susceptible to recurrent viral infections. Lyme disease and other co-infections along with parasites are known to suppress various parts of the immune system allowing viruses to go unchecked and poorly managed. A few steps can be helpful to get Shingles under control and reduce the pain associated with the outbreak.

Boost the Immune System:

  • Naturopathic practitioners believe that a strong immune system is crucial for preventing and combating shingles. Strategies may include a diet rich in immune-boosting foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Supplements like vitamin C, zinc, and echinacea are often recommended to support immune function and reduce the severity and duration of shingles outbreaks.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide IV therapy can be very helpful and it often resolves acute outbreaks in a matter of days compared to weeks with standard therapies.

Herbal Therapies:

  • Naturopathic practitioners often utilize herbal remedies to address shingles symptoms. Common herbs include St. John’s wort, which has antiviral and nerve-soothing properties, and licorice root, known for its immune-enhancing effects.
  • Topical applications of calendula and chamomile may be recommended to soothe skin lesions and reduce discomfort

Physical Therapies:

  • Naturopaths may recommend physical therapies like acupuncture to alleviate pain and improve the flow of vital energy (Qi) within the body. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce pain associated with shingles and promote faster healing.
  • Frequency Specific Microcurrent utilizes unique combinations of electric frequencies to promote healing and suppress viral activity. This is an effective and safe approach to treating the chronic pain of shingles outbreaks.

The naturopathic approach to shingles treatment is a comprehensive and individualized strategy that addresses the underlying causes of the condition while promoting overall health and well-being. By combining immune-boosting practices, herbal medicine,and physical therapies naturopathy aims to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal and recover from shingles. Quick action is recommended once a Shingles outbreak is recognized as it resolves easier and quicker when compared to treated that is delayed.