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Ayurvedic Treatment of Shingles

Updated at: Sep 13, 2011
Written by: Pratima SharmaPublished at: Sep 01, 2011
Ayurvedic Treatment of Shingles

Know the Ayurvedic treatment for shingles. It has no side-effects and can be very effective but the patients do need to observe some precautions.

Treatment of shinglesMany people opt for ayurvedic treatment for shingles because it has no side effects. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a pathological condition caused due to viral infection by herpes virus (varicella-zoster virus). Conventional methods of treatment for Shingles include intake of oral antivirus medications and the use of a wide spectrum of steroids, painkillers, antidepressants, anticonvulsants and topical ointments.

  • Various remedies which fall under the category of ayurvedic treatment for Shingles include the following. 
  • One of the most common herbal remedies for shingles includes application of a paste of turmeric powder on the affected area. Being a natural antiseptic, turmeric speed up healing and relieves the sufferer from pain. 
  • Applya paste made of crushed aspirins and alcohol on the lesions three times a day. This desensitizes the nerve endings and offers respite from pain.
  • Clean the blisters with a cloth moistened in a mixture of 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of water to help them dry up. This is yet another common and effective herbal remedy for shingles.
  • Sprinkle colloidal oatmeal powder on the parts of the body where clothes rub against skin to diminish pain.
  • Intake of a concoction made of HypoxisRooperi (extract of African Potato),Agothosmabetulina (Buchu) and Oleaeuropea (extract of olive leaf) is an ayurvedic remedy for Shingles which also helps in fortifying the immune system.
  • Another ayurvedic remedy for shingles involves the intake of pear juice as it is rich in antiviral caffeic acid that helps fight infection.
  • Take cinnamon, lobelia, ginger and valerian root to speed up the healing process.

In addition to these above mentioned alternatives for an effective ayurvedic treatment for Shingles, the patient should also observe some precautions -avoid scratching, wearing tight clothes and should find ways for strengthening the immune system. The patient should also keep away from any kind of heat sources and should also avoid contact with people as shingles is contagious.


Few facts about Shingles

  • In early ages, this virus causes chicken pox and then retreats into nerve cells near the spinal cord and brain.
  • It remains latent but in some cases, mainly due to a weakened or suppressed immune system, it becomes active again and follows a peripheral nerve pathway from the spinal cord or brain, and is manifested in form of rashes and tiny blisters on the skin.
  • Generally, people who have been infected with chicken pox are likely to get Shingles in the latter half of their life.
  • People with weak immune systems, such as those with HIV/AIDS, patients receiving steroids, radiation and chemotherapy, or those who have suffered from bone or lymphatic cancer are more prone to it. S
  • Shingles is manifested in form of an occasional stabbing pain with a burning sensation, appearance of rashes which may vary from red blotches to itchy blisters on only one side of the body, neuralgia (severe pain of nerves) which is caused by the damaged nerves.


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