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Cure Shingles: Home Remedies for Shingles Treatment

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Apple Cider Vinegar   38  3   

Posted by Kelbie (Ripon, Ca) on 08/14/2009

[YEA]  Thanks for the information on your site. I had shingles for 4 days before I found your site. I had been to the doctor who gave be antibiotics but the pain was not going away. I was not able to sleep one night from the pain so I searched for remedies. I tried the ACV. I put on the ACV with a cotton ball directly on the blisters. Couldn't believe that once I put it on my blisters, within 5 minutes, the pain had subsided. I also drank the vinegar mixed with apple juice (1 tblsp to 4 oz of juice). I had a lot of redness on my skin with the blisters. The redness was gone within a few hours of applying the ACV. Thanks so much for the help!

Replied by H
Bixby, Oklahoma
10/28/2009
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Developed my first case of the shingles after minor surgery! Ouch! They're worse than surgery! And itchy!!! After going several days just using the Famciclovir the dr gave me and calamine lotion on the rash (about 3-4 nickel-quarter size 'bumps' which never formed blisters)... I remembered Earth Clinic. The info provided here helped me with other conditions too!

Last night, this morning and this evening I drank 1 Tblspoon ACV in water with honey (heated up).. not exactly tasty, but I'll do what it takes. I also rubbed cotton balls soaked in ACV on the bumps several times. I'm still getting the shooting "pains" apparently associated with these shingles, but the bumps have already started to fade. It's already doing better than rubbing calamine 3-5 times a day! I also purchased L-Lysine which I've taken 2 tablets, B-12, one tablet, and I'm taking 4-6 tablets of Vitamin C. So far the ACV is helping with the rash. Time will tell! Thanks Earth Clinic.

Replied by Barbara
Rsm, Ca
11/01/2009
Hi all Shingles People! My shingles started a week ago but I realized what it was only 2 days ago. I was suspecting poison oak. I have never had that before in my life. I also have never had poison oak burn either so it was hard for me to diagnose it.

I got my health insurance 2.5 weeks ago so I don't think I can go to see a doctor now because I'm pretty sure insurance will call it preexisting condition. My symptoms are not that bad and I am so lucky it's not on my face next to the eye. Ouch. I have a small rush on my back and another one above my heap.

I started ACV treatment yesterday ( drunk ACV with water and washed rush with ACV with cotoon ball). I also take multivitamin, vitamin B and tons of vitamin C. Aloe Vera bring some relief too.

Last night I woke up for the first time with pain and had to take a pain killer. I am not sure if ACV helps or not. It's too early to say. But my cold like symptoms are gone and skin seams less sensitive too today.

Did you know that Edgar Cayce had a solution for shingles too? Check this out: http://www.edgarcayce.org/IntSearchHealthDatabase/data/prhz3.html?terms=shingles

I don't think my diet is poor but I did injure my spine and I am under a lot of stress recently so it could trigger my shingles. I have not tried Edgar's treatment yet.

Thank you for sharing your tips and experiences.

Replied by Alexa
Vegas, Nv
09/26/2012
I have to thank you all so very much for your comments on this acv, I just tried it and pray it works for me.... I was freaking out with this ugly rash and soo painfull too...

Posted by CJK (Augusta, ME) on 06/30/2009

[YEA]  Apple Cidar Cinegar cured my shingles. I'm 37 yrs old and was shocked when my dr. said the word shingles!! I thought it was a spider bite for the 1st 2 days, and then on the 3rd, it started to blister. That's when I knew, something was very wrong. My dr. prescribed an anti-viral, and antibiotic, and pain med. By the next morning I was in so much pain I cried, I decided to surf the net to see if I could find anything useful. Thank goodness I came across this site! I immediately went to the store and picked up apple cidar vinegar, L-Lysine and Vitamin C. The ACV was a miracle!!! I didn't drink it because my stomach was already upset from the med's. I applied it to large gauze pads and wrapped it with seran wrap. After an hour I removed it and it already looked better and definately felt better. After 3 days the blisters are level with my skin and are not as painfull. I can only imagine what would have happened without the ACV. Try it, what do you have to loose?.......... besides horrific pain!!!! THANK YOU, Sincerely, CJK

Replied by Eva
Muncie, Indiana
08/03/2012
I have been dealing with shingles for 9months now. My problem is not rash but flu like symptoms. I have been so sick that I cant get up somedays. I have lost 25 lbs due to lack of appetite. I have been to ER twice and on antiviral twice. Nothing works. Still on percoset 2 to 4 times a day. (pain is constant) Somedays cant move legs or arms-its in my spine. I had breast cancer in 1998. I am so scared that I may never recover. I cannot function to even work. Please is there any cure for shingles so that I may go on with my life?? Thank You, Eva.
Replied by Psyched
Flying Hills, Pa
08/11/2012
Evelyn, I am so sorry for your chronic pain & I empathize with your pain. My own 1st time bout of shingles brought me to this website, and I've read a lot of the postings. My suggestion after reading several is to try apple cider vinegar (1T. in water or juice 3x a day to drink & also dab directly on lesions), aloe Vera gel, l-lysine (for energy), oil of eucalyptus or peppermint for pain, & olive leaf extract (natural anti-viral recommended by a retired pharmacist on this site), cayenne capsules, and cold pressed coconut oil and raw honey rubbed on for their anti-viral & germ fighting properties & to keep from scarring. Personally, I used raw honey on a bad burn on the back of my hand and have NO scarring. Much success to you.
Replied by Ana Maria
Waterbury, Ct
09/09/2012
Apple cider vinegar for shingles does work should also drink it besides applying to the rash. Two to three caps of apple cider with a glass of water or in a bottle (drink some before adding). Apply with a cotton ball avoid touching it and wash hands frequently. I also bathe with it take a bucket half warm water if in the shower and put half cup of apple cider oder goes away quickly and pour it all over your body after bathing if in a bathtub then pour 1/2 cup. After bath use organic coconut oil they sell it in health stores (also the vinegar should be with the mother brand less than 5 dollars) and supermarkets in the organic section. Silver spray and liquid. The spray you apply to rash kills bacteria and viral great use for immune system. The liquid can take a teaspoon awesome results. No pain so far and rash is shrinking quickly (no meds refused after seeing side effects) Take also 1000mg of Vitamin C and cayenne capsules with a meal. Peppermint cream on rash before sleeping for a good night rest and if the rest of body hurts apply as well will sleep. After all is gone if pain persists seek Acupuncture doctor best bet! ;) Good luck!!!

Posted by Sam (London, UK) on 05/17/2009

[YEA]  Hi all, in January 09 i came down with a case of shingles on the right side of my face. It was excruciatingly painful. Once the blisters had cleared up and I could again open my eye, I thought I was on the mend. However I was left with neuralgia in the nerve endings in the right side of my face and head. I went to the doctor to see what he could give me for it as this was preventing me from sleeping each night and I was slowly going in insane. The only thing he could suggest for me was anti-depressants. No way! Not for a pain on my face, however much it hurt! So to cut a long story short I did a lot of research. ACV kept coming up over and over. One morning the pain was soo bad and frustrating as I could'nt keep my fingers from it that I couldn't leave the house. I remembered that I had brought the ACV to try and took 2 tablespoons of it in desperation. Magically the itching and burning sensation stopped almost within minutes. I thought I was imagining it. However I continued to take it every time the pain came back and each time it had the same affect. 2 tbsp every couple of hours. Or whenever you feel the need. Hope you find this helpful. Take care

Replied by Fran
Monmouth, U.k.
08/09/2009
Thank you for the suggestion of ACV. I got a very severe case of shingles in June and have been left with PHN which is driving me demented! I feel I have exhaused every remedy and nothing touches the pain. I will try ACV right now!
Replied by Sam
London, Uk
09/13/2009
You are very welcome. I only hope that it helps you too. No more PHN woo! Let us know how you get on.
Replied by Brenda
Riverton, Illinois, Usa
12/30/2011
Thank you Sam for your results with ACV for the nerve pain from Shingles. I have had the nerve pain for 7 months now. It has been horrible. The meds the doctor wanted me to take all had horrible side effects and I wouldn't take them. I've been trying to find natural relief. I did take 5-HTP which has helped a little. I started my husband on ACV for gout and he had complete relief in 3 days. I wanted to try ACV for my shingles nerve pain, but couldn't stand the taste. Another submitter suggested using 2 packets of lemon powder and 2 packets of stevia in a glass of water with the ACV. This tastes so much better that I am now going to take ACV daily to see if I can get relief from this pain. Again thanks and I hope you and I do not get any further shingles episodes.
Replied by Maria
Marietta, Ga
05/14/2012
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I have had shingles pain for one year. I am taking lyrica, but does not help much. Out of desperation, I searched this wonderful site and so many people mentioned ACV. I had a large bottle at home and took 2 tbs. with a glass of water and the pain was reduced a lot. I can smile now. There is still pain, but I will continue to take the ACV and hopefully, my shingles will be gone forever!!
Replied by Tony
St Paul, Ab, Canada
05/29/2012
Hi, this is about treating SHINGLES.... Put pure oil of cinnamon on the soles of the feet, and the palms, twice a day. Also I would put oil of sage on the affected areas. I have found this to be a reliable treatment for anything viral.

Posted by Kelly (Lake Cathie, N.S.W-Australia) on 03/05/2009

[YEA]  What I first thought were infected insect bites turned out to be shingles. While I did not have any pain, I had extremely itchy lumps that blistered and spread till they formed one large area on my neck and were popping up in other places as well. I had tried various things like hydrogen peroxide, aloe vera gel and betadine but they only gave temporary relief from the itching and did not stop them spreading. I remembered your site and read about using ACV for shingles and thought I would give it a go before I gave up and went to the doctor. I just used a cotton-ball and dabbed it straight onto the whole area that was affected every couple of hours. It gave me immediate relief from the itching (although it stung a bit for a few minutes) and within a couple of days it had dried up completely, the scabs were healing and it had stopped spreading. It is now about a week since I started using ACV and the shingles have virtually disappeared. Thanks heaps!

Replied by Vicki
Duvall, Wa
05/05/2012
Treatment for Shingles. Melaleuca.

Posted by Anonymous (Nowhere, PA) on 01/21/2009

[YEA]  So, I am 25 years old and developed my first case of Shingles. They are HORRIBLE!! After reading the posts on ACV, I decided to try it out. Well, tonight is the first night that I have used it and already I am seeing less redness and swelling in the areas of the Shingles. I am currently drinking 2 teaspoons mixed w/ juice. It tastes as it smells but I don't care as long as it keep working!!! :) My Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Dad all swear by ACV!! So far it's working!! Thanks for the info!!

Replied by Dthales
Ogden, Ut
03/01/2012
[YEA]   I was seriously doubting that Apple Cider Vinegar was working becasue so many people seemed to be also using some other form of treatment. My 16 year old son has shingles on his neck and was miserable for two days. He was beyond the time when antivirals would be effective so the doctor said he just had to wait it out and to take an allergy pill if itching became a problem.

My son was miserable and couldn't beleive all he could do was wait it out for a week or so. So he begged me to find some other form of releif and I found this website talking about Apple Cider Vinegar. I figured it couldn't hurt to try.

So I went and bought some and dabbed it on all the affected areas with a cotton ball about 5 times during the whole day yesterday and he drank one capfull of the ACV 2 times during the day. He also also put on calamine lotion on before bed.

This morning he woke up and says he feels 80% improved from yesterday! Holy cow the stuff really works! The sores even look better already! Drives me crazy I have to search the internet for this stuff though. The doctor should tell us these things!

Replied by Susanfrommontreal
Montreal, Canada
03/17/2012
Shingles: My husband had a severe case of shingles 3 years ago all over his upper body that lasted 3 months. The only way he could sleep was to wrap ice in a towel. We finally found a Dr who recommended a 9 step treatment at the hospital (injections in the spine) that finally worked along with a cream compound (xylotaine)

The shingles are back again (no more cream) but on his face this time. I had an herbal infusion made at a local shop that I read about with oak bark, sage, lady's mantle, oats, sweet clover& chamomile that I boilled, let cool and he used it as a compress. Itching gone. So far, so good.

Posted by Steve (Ballina, Australia) on 11/29/2008

[YEA]  After six days of the really intense pain of Shingles on my scalp and right forehead - and this using the prescribed medication and painkillers, I looked up cures on the internet and found this site. ACV seemed to have the most comments and it was something I knew I could get from the local supermarket. I took the two tablespoons in juice orally as one writer had suggested and within minutes the pain had dulled to a tolerable level. This was about 8pm in the evening. I also dabbed the rash with straight ACV. Not looking forward to yet another sleepless night I took a second oral dose of ACV and all my doctor prescribed stuff just before going to bed at about 11pm. I am writing this the morning after the only unbroken sleep I have had all week. I have taken another dose of ACV with the other stuff this morning. I still have some pain but it is tolerable and I now think the other option I considered ie. chopping my head off, was perhaps a little too drastic.

Replied by Dkimb
Redondo Beach, Ca, Usa
02/24/2012
[YEA]   I want to thank you all for the great tips ~ I found them late at night, when I realized I was indeed coming down with what could have been a terrible case of shingles on my face, close to my eyes, which was pretty scary. While waiting to find out how soon I could see my skin & eye doctors, I applied a lot of ACV, and also took it in tea, and added l lysine and Brewer's yeast (great source of B12). EVERYTHING calmed down! I still have a case of shingles, and am now on the med, but not stopping any of these other things, ESPECIALLY Apple Cider Vinegar, it has made a huge difference. The itching, burning, tingling is all but gone, the blisters that had started already are drying up (in 1 day! ), and other blisters I really feel have been halted. I will complete my whole course of meds for the week, with ACV applied all the way. I would never have thought of this, but it is unbelieveably effective ~ so to all of you here ~ THANK YOU, so much. This could have been really awful!

Posted by Donna (Halifax, Nova Scotia) on 10/23/2008

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar for Shingles

I used cotton rounds soaked in Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and swabbed area as often as I could, approx every hour. I also drank 2 tbsp mixed in juice, morning and night. Best to leave the soaked cotton on affected area as long as possible. On first attempt, I placed cotton on area and wrapped plastic around myself to keep cotton from moving, however, after approx 30 min the burning sensation was too strong and I had to remove plastic. From that point on I placed soaked cotton on affected area and laid down with it on my back for as long as I could. I saw a drastic improvement in less than 24 hours. The affected area looked better, pain had decreased substantially and rash stopped spreading. Never would have believed it if I hadn't tried it myself!!

Posted by Gena (Baltimore, Maryland) on 09/14/2008

[YEA]  My son had his first case of shingles (13yr) this week. I came upon your site and read the remedies from others. We tried the ACV. I soaked cotton balls in ACV and put them on the rash area for about 45 min. 2 times a day. I also had him drink 1 tbl ACV w/ 10oz of cold apple juice in the am and at night. His rash begin to heal overnight. His pain and rash went away within 3 days. I think that we will try this remedy when he feels the rash coming on. I believe that if you start it early on-this remedy will lessen the shingles time. Thanks so much to others who shared their remedies and to you for getting this info to others! Gena Taylor

Replied by Joan
Adelaide, South Aus
11/25/2011
My husband developed shingles two weeks ago. We have been using Calendula Cream which seems to have been very effective in healing them and easing pain. also taking zinc, vit C.

Posted by Denise (Tampa, FL) on 08/29/2007

[YEA]  Shingles stopped with ACV -- I suddenly had severe stabbing pains in my back on the left side. A few hours of this and some red blisters were starting to appear. I read about the Apple Cider Vinegar and took 1 1/2 T in a glass of distilled water with some honey for taste. I had only 2 more stabbing pains and went to bed. In the AM the rash was gone. I am continuing to take the ACV twice a day and so far I feel like it is trying to break out again on my upper thigh, but then disappears due to the ACV. Time will tell, but I have no doubt that it is the ACV that is keeping it at bay.

Replied by Karina
Sherman Oaks, Ca
10/23/2011
I have had shingles twice now, and I am finally starting to figure out how to shorten the duration. First things first.... Relax. Mine is triggered by stress.... So I do EVERYTHING to relax and unwind! I get massages, do yoga, go on walks, laugh... Definitely laugh... and remind myself not to take life so seriously.

Once you see the rash coming on... Take two valtrex immediately. Then take one twice a day for at least 7 days or until the shingles subside. I wash with zanfel once a day for itching and to help pop the little blisters so they heal faster. This is a poison oak treatment... But it helps tremendously with itching (almost immedately) and help dry up the blisters so they don't spread to other areas (shingles can be spread... so don't scratch them and spread them to other areas of the body).

I have also been using a cream called triamcinolone acetonide. Its a topical steroid cream and dramatically reduces inflamation. I use this twice a day after washing with cold water and a light soap to keep the rash clean.

I am also taking lysine and vitamin C twice a day to help build my immune system. The virus loves weak immune systems... So anything that helps build it will help get rid of it faster. That includes no alcohol, lots of veggies (helps alkaline the body), fruit and water.

Also...change your pillow case and sheets regularly so they stay clean. Apple cider vinegar soaks with cold water also help to heal the skin quickly and sooth the itching and inflamation.

I hope this helps. Shingles suck but they are managable if you get on it right away. I am also going to look into the vaccine since this is my second bout with this and I am over it!

Posted by Dani (Melbourne, Australia) on 08/06/2007

[YEA]  My Bf got shingles almost 1 and a half weeks ago now. he went to the doctors and got anti viral tablets, and i spent almost a full day in between answering phone calls at work reading up on natural remedies,as i fuss over him, and wanted him to get better quick! im a quick fix type of person. i went out and brought him everything i had read about, ACV, tea tree oil, broccoli, fish, which i cooked with lemon grass, parsley, a killer amount of garlic and rosmary,to ensure he got a good does of all the good stuff, along with all these other things. he didnt want to drink the vinegar or have it on his body! "it stinked" according to him, and he didnt see how it'd help, so i maintained feeding him heaps of broccoli..with all of his meals and applied tea tree oil twice a day after his showers. this helped it maintained the rash and kept blistering to a minimal, but it was not a quick fix. last night i talked him into trying the vinegar as while the sores were slowly clearing he was starting to get sharp pains, and i told him it was either try everything natural to help otherwise acupunture, so the chicken decided we'll try the vinegar. i soaked cotton wool, i brough in strips from the supermarket in ACV placed it on his sores and wrapped him in cling wrap for a good 2 hours or so! he still had a few sharp stbbing pains for the first half an hour, but then the pain stopped and when we took the plastic and cotton off, the infected area had completely cleared up with the exception of a few little blisters. he woke up this morning, the affected area still looks great and the pain is minimal. a few more days of the ACV treatment and he should be 100% and would have dodged acupuncture completely.

Posted by Sue (Charleston, SC) on 09/28/2006

[YEA]  I cut strips, sufficent to cover areas affected with Shingles, from a brown paper bag and soaked them in ACV. I placed them onto those areas and covered the entire area with cling wrap which kept the paper from drying. I was amazed at the results--immediate comfort, drying of small blisters, and my first night of painless sleep since they first appeared.

Note: I do not leave the treatment on overnight. I do use it at least twice a day for short periods. Thanks for the help your website provides.

Posted by Phoebe (Zebulon, NC) on 03/22/2006

[YEA]  I read about the ACV on this website. About 2 weeks ago I began adding 2T of ACV in a quart of good water and sipping on it throughout the day. I immediately noticed more energy, exquisite bowel function,better kidney function and about a 1/2 pound a day weight loss. I noticed an outbreak of shingles starting, but after only a day, the process reversed and disappeared. This has never happened before. I have no other explanation other than the ACV.

Posted by Sandra (Pahrump, NV) on 01/30/2006

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have had this for nine days and having a baby was less painful, I am trying ACV on the lesions for the first time today and we'll see but benadryl ointment extra strenght seemed to take the pain away faster, I did mix honey, ACV and water for internal help. Hope something works have Dr. s app. tomorrow and will try anything to make this go away. It's on my neck, right ear, cheek and head, right side only. Pain is terrible like hot needles inserted, a branding iron on the skin!!!

Posted by Peter (Oakland Park, FL) on 01/23/2006

[NAY]  apple cider vinegar did nothing for me. i tried aluminum acetate diluted in water applied via a compress, which dried the area and had a soothing effect. however, i must say that acyclovir, and zovarax cream seemed to do the best. for pain good luck,tylenol helps, as some rx's the docs can supply you with. i am 16 days into this and can not wait for it to be over. PAINFUL.

Posted by Virgil (Houston, Texas) on 06/05/2005

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Can't say I am cured but applying the vinegar sure gave me pain relief. I apply when the posthepetic neuralgia pain kicks up and befroe bedtime. Started using the ACV last Tuesday, just 6 days ago. This is the best treatment so far. I had acupunture initially and it reduced the most severe pain by a lot however 6 treatments could not erase the remaining pain.


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