Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- ACV, Coconut Oil, Cayenne
- Alcohol, Distilled Water and Fastum Gel
- Aloe Vera
- Aloe Vera, Cayenne, Oatmeal Flour
- Aloe Vera, Eucalyptus Oil
- Anti Fungal Cream and Chlorox
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe, Cayenne
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne
- Apple Cider Vinegar, L-Lysine, Vitamin C
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Lysine
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Vitamins, Acupuncture
- Black Salve
- Black Tea
- Calamine Lotion
- Capsaicin Cream, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Castor Oil
- Cayenne Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper, Geranium Oil
- Cayenne, Vitamin C
- Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E and Dlpa
- Coconut Oil
- Cola Nut
- Corn Starch
- Corn Starch and Chiropractic Adjustments
- Diaper Cream and Mylanta
- Dietary Changes, Supplements
- Digestive Problem Link
- DMSO, Stabilized Oxygen
- Edgar Cayce Remedies
- Electro Muscle Stimulus
- Eliminate Sugar
- Eradicating the Shingles Virus
- Essential Oils
- Eucalyptus Oil
- General Feedback
- Golden Seal
- Homeopathy, Staphaseptic
- Hot Sauce
- Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda Paste
- Hypericum Oil
- Ionic Silver
- L-Lysine and Vitaminc
- L-Lysine, ACV, Tiger Balm, Cayenne
- L-Lysine, Vitamin C, Zinc
- Licorice Extract
- Lye Soap
- Manuka Honey
- Multiple Remedies
- Oatmeal Paste
- Olive Leaf
- Olive Leaf, Vitamin C
- Over the Counter
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt
- Shea Butter, Turmeric, Homeopathy
- Tabasco Sauce, DMSO
- Tea Tree Oil
- The Zapper
- Topical Paste
- Treat Underlying Medical Problems
- Turmeric, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Vitamin C, Calamine Lotion
- Zostavax Vaccine
[YEA] 11/01/2009: Benito from Rome, Ny: "Lye soap works on shingles I had them at 22 yrs old very painful I lathered lye soap on them and let it sit for agood 20 minutes and they dried up the next day."
02/24/2013: Tim Evans from Kelowna, Bc: "Has anyone ever tried Manuka Honey on shingles?"
11/15/2012: Willow from Gardner, Co, Usa: "About 4 years ago, I had severe stress reactions to my partner and my family's behaviors and "ran away from home" 800 miles away to a little house that my grandma used to live in. The house is full of black mold. After a month of hiding out there, I got shingles for the first time, I was 46. Now, I'm almost 50 and this illness is returning yet again. I've had it every winter, sometimes severely and it's hung on as long as 5 months. Got some relief that first year by floating in the ocean in February near Boca Raton, FL. Back then, I did not know I had shingles because I don't get the pain others describe. Perhaps this is because I've never used painkillers.
I'm an herbalist, and this year as the stressful holiday season approaches and the itching starts, I'm grateful to find your site. Woke up at 5 AM and stoked the woodstove (we are off-grid) and got a headache from the cold in the house. Can't shake it. And bumps are starting to rise! So, I'm megadosing Vit. C, powdered and made into a paste with cayenne and honey. 2 Tblsp/hour...Plus Lysine--I think I'll try 3 1000-mg. Caps today. Plus ACV in filtered water from our spring. Plus 1/2 a B-complex tablet each half-hour. Quit coffee, chocolate (waah! ), nuts. Eating organic apples, homegrown cabbage, lentils, garlic, and oats. Teas of lemon balm, oatstraw and licorice root. Washing the areas with decoction of lavender, witch hazel and ACV. Will update."Replies
12/06/2012: Butterfly from Sydney, Australia replies: "I don't know if you have been diagnosed so forgive this comment if so, but I was diagnosed as having shingles when young and for 20 years as I continued to experience this just assumed it was a correct diagnosis. Actually I had herpes, HPV2 which manifested as blisters on the buttock. Shingles does not (or rarely) repeat more than once. As I got older I also started to experience sciatic pain with outbreaks. I love natural remedies but to control the constant back pain I developed and stop outbreaks - I use zovirex and havn't found any other remedy. If any one has a similar issue, don't let them talk you into more modern versions."
[YEA] 11/05/2011: Healthnut from Scarsdale, Ny, Usa: "Hi Everyone-
Much to my horror, I had all the symptoms of a shingles outbreak on my scalp and face - headache, pain, tingling, electric shock - 4 weeks before my 40th birthday party!!! After finding this website, I started my own treatment in an attempt to stave off any rash/blisters on my face. Here's what I did DAILY for 3 straight weeks and I never did have the outbreak!!! After a total of 4 weeks of symptoms and my daily routine, no outbreak and symptoms disappeared. Good luck and God Bless to everyone dealing with this.
1) 3 times per day: 2 TB _____'s Apple cider vinegar. You can mix with apple or pear juice.
2) L - Lysine - 1000 mg, 2-3 times per day
3) Folic Acid - 800 mg, 2-3 times per day
4) Vitamin C - 2000-3000 mg per day
5) B12 - 1000 mcg per day
6) mixture of plain yogurt and zinc oxide - applied on my face along the nerve where I felt tingling and electric shock."
[YEA] 02/01/2010: Robert from Martinez, Ca: "Shingles
l-lysine maintainence dose of 500 mg. plus occasional 1/2 aspirin w/lysine.Tea using bitter mellon dried,1-2 tbsp.,(called bitter gourd or 'Gohyah' from Viet Nam), together with powdered 'huang lian jie du tang', 1 tsp.,per coffee size mug of hot water. Let steep & drink. Can refresh with hot water. Use cinnamon in tea to help with very bitter taste.Items avail online or at asian markets.This is direct successful usage. Another very potent chinese herbal is 'long dan xie gan wan'. This is very potent & used if above items are not successful, & also avail at asian market or online. Follow label or online directions.Mung bean gruel will help with detox.Use minerals,especially magnesium due to diuretic effects, also b-complex for fatigue. Search homeopathic creams or use calamine for topical use.Avoid hot spicy & acid forming foods."
02/14/2009: Geraldine from Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA: "Shingles/PHN/Scoliosis: I have suffered from shingles, PHN [Postherpetic neuralgia], and scoliosis for three and a half years, and though I used apple cider vinegar, I hesitated taking it every day as I was still trying to completely knit the bones of a pelvic fracture. After trying many recommendations including acyclovir (which caused me to be dizzy ), Ted recommended 2% zinc chloride and 10% magnesium chloride. I have been unable to get this prescription filled, and ask if Ted could advise how and with what this is blended and if it is a powder, liquid or gel. The pharmacist said he had to know the "medium" with which to blend the zinc and magnesium. I am now taking the Gilliam type of magnesium in water and hoping for results.
Besides taking most of the necessary vitamins and minerals plus special items, I eat a heathful diet, and recently tried Super PAV Oil (from NATR) which caused more pain; however I hope for some sort of relief from it as it is a tree resin product which is anti-viral. At times I use apple cider vinegar in water and full strength, as well as apricot kernel oil and castor oil. (I used hot castor oil packs on my thoracic scoliosis left side, and will now try them over my abdomen and liver area near the peyer patches (thymus tissues).
Thank for a great website and your concern for humanity. Geraldine"
EC: Hi, Geraldine. Your post has been emailed to Ted for response.
[YEA] 01/02/2009: Kelly from San Antonio, TX: "Every year, once or twice a year, I get an outbreak of shingles on my right cheek. I know I am getting it due to pain on the left side of my face accompinied by a tingling sensation on my nose. When I feel this, I immediately start taking acyclovoir (SP) and wash the area with regular ol' rubbing alcohol, applied by a cotton ball. Then while the area is still wet, I apply Goldbond medicated powder and let it dry. It seems to help with the pain and itching. If blisters form, they immediately start to dry up. Try this, it might work for you."
[YEA] 12/18/2008: Wendy from La Ceiba, Honduras: "I read with great interest all the remedies posted for shingles. Researching a bit on my own, I came up with this concoction which has reduced itching and pain as well as sped up healing.
In a very small container place One teaspoon of coconut oil, squeezing a gel cap of Vit E oil into it...add a teaspoon of Neem oil, 2 drops of grapefruit seed extract, 2 drops of oregano oil, 4 drops of sandalwood oil, a teaspoon of fresh aloe gel and a 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric.
mix this all up and dab it on the blisters. i lightly placed a tissue over this as the turmeric will stain clothing so wear something old.
I have eliminated coffee, alcohol, nuts, seeds and have upped my intake of papaya and sardines (high in lysine).
Internally, I am taking 15 drops of grapefruit seed extract and 2 drops of oregano oil mixed with water in a shot glass, followed by a large glass or pure water every hour. This mixture does not taste good, but has very strong anti viral properties and ANYTHING is better than the pain from shingles. DO NOT take more than 2 drops of oregano....this is powerful stuff. ALWAYS mix it with water.
I am on day 5 now. i started using this protocol on day 3. The first angry patch has scabbed over and and looks much much better and the other patches have not developed blisters .....so I am hopeful for a brief experience.
Many of these ingredients are part of the Indian healing system called Ayurveda. I just added everything I researched into one method. Hope this helps you."
[YEA] 06/03/2010: Lucy from Santa Cruz, California, United States: "SHINGLES
I thought this was an old persons disease, not so. The medication they gave me did nothing for the pain, so I tossed that.
Health books always start with a fast to give your system a rest. I went on a 10 day orange, grapefruit and lemon fast with large amounts of L-Lysine three times a day. I still needed something for the pain, that went on for weeks. The pain is so intense, making it almost impossible to even sleep.
Visiting my brother, I found him taking 500 mg of Niacin every morning, was he crazy! His face was as red as a beet, but he didn't seem to care. I never took anything more then 50 mg of Niacin.
I thought if he can take it, so can I. A few minutes later my face started getting hot and tingly, but to my surprise the pain from my shingles was gone, not just slightly gone, it was gone.
I found Niacin only lasted about 4 hours before the pain started coming back. Another thing I found out is that it only worked on an empty stomach in the morning. Every day the pain became less intense. After about a week, the pain was gone. So far never to return."
[YEA] 10/22/2011: Bettylou from Arkoma, Ok, United States : "Hello, I just found out from a doctor a few days ago I went to the emergency my first thought was I had cancer. I had a big red bump on my back and two small bumps in one of my breast I was very shocked to learn I had shingles I worked in the medical field and was exposed to shingles never once caught them. The Doctor said we caught it at the right time since it was only a few days. He gave me pain med and antibotics which didn't help much but when I read where it was related to chicken pox. I remember my mother making a paste from oatmeal and applying to the red patches and thought I would give it a try it gave me a lot of relief. Thank God for mothers they know best."
[YEA] 02/12/2012: Quercus from Inland Empire, California : "Have had shingles on and off for several years. What really seems to knock them out is olive leaf extract. Olive leaf has anti viral properties and brought me almost instant relief during the last outbreak. I have found using the standardized extract of 20% Oleuropein in 300 mg /3 times a day worked well. I have also found that the Zyrtec antihistamine helps with the uncontrollable itching. Diet/stress for me seems to cause an outbreak. Usually chocolate and nuts are factors. How long they last seems to depend on rest, diet and supplementation. Lysine, B & C vitamins along with the olive leaf extract really helps me."
Olive Leaf, Vitamin C
[YEA] 07/04/2013: Maggie from Philadelphia, Pa: "I got a nasty case of the shingles right below my rib cage on my right side a few weeks before I left for an overseas trip. It was so painful, I really thought I would have to cancel. The valcyclovir did nothing but upset my stomach, so I only took it for a few days. What really killed the shingles was olive leaf extract and vitamin C. I took 4 capsules of 20 percent standardized olive leaf extract and 500 mg of vitamin C 6 times a day for 10 days, when I reduced it to 3 capsules plus 500 mg vitamin C 4 times per day. After a month, I reduced it to 3 capsules plus 500 mg vitamin C 3 times per day and so on. It significantly reduced the pain and blisters and in 2 weeks both were pretty much gone, save for some zapping pain every once in a while. I continue to take a reduced dose just to make sure it doesn't return. Oh, and I had a great trip!"
Over the Counter
[YEA] 06/12/2012: James from Camden, Tennessee Usa: "I've tried many things but BUTT PASTE is by far the best thing."
[YEA] 12/06/2011: Barbara from Montgomery, Al: "Several years ago when I had a near outbreak of shingles... Rash starting to appear and painful stinging sensation, I read in a health magazine that Tagamet, an over the counter acid reducer, could help with symptoms. It did! The symptoms went away in a few days."
09/04/2012: Lauren from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: "I am wondering if anybody has had shingles but with more internal symptoms rather than the blistering painful rash. I had scalp problems initially ( on one side of my head) which was painful and a huge swollen gland on same side of neck. A second doctor diagnosed shingles and said it was too late for medication. That was five months ago and since then I have had various symptoms including extreme fatigue, itching over various prts of body and some rash but not overly painful. Nightsweats, ongoing sore throat, headaches, dizziness, very low mood and a constant sense of a kind of presence in the same side of head and neck. A lot of the symptoms seem to add up to shingles but every single piece of information I have read focuses on the skin problem and I can't seem to find much else. It has been extremely debilitating and mentally wearing to feel so fatigued and ill for a long period of time.
I am now taking st johns wort ( a natural anti-vral) and a tonic made up by naturopath which contains olive leaf and other ingredients for the nervous system. This seems to be making an impact and I can feel my energy starting to return. I am hoping I am turning the corner on this as it is has been one of the most horrid illnesses I have experienced and feels like it will never leave my system. It has been very depressing also. I feel lucky that the skin rash has not been extreme for me but the rest terrible. Has anyone else experienced anything similar??"Replies
12/04/2012: Ahmad_h from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada replies: "Hi Lauren, Two things I can suggest for you that will significantly improve your situation: increase you water intake and apply cayenne pepper to red/itchy spots on your skin. The water will flush your system and help your skin, and the cayenne will increase blood flow to damaged skin and will assist the body in fighting off the virus. Drink buckets of water for a few days.. as much as your stomach can hold."