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Cure Shingles: Home Remedies for Shingles Treatment

Last Modified on Oct 05, 2015

Apple Cider Vinegar, L-Lysine, Vitamin C   1  0   

Posted by Bruce (Hart, Michigan) on 07/27/2009

[YEA]  I have had shingles for about 10 years. It started at age 69. I never had a serious rash but the pain has been the worst. My shingles is concentrated in my right forehead, around my eye and in my nose and in my teeth- upper right. When I first had the pain I would fall down and see stars. I've tried all the bad drugs with very limited results and gave them up. Until I was referred to this web site just 4 weeks ago. I now take 2 tablespoons of acv and 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup in distilled water twice a day, one acv tablet 3 times a day, one LLysine capsule daily, 3000 mg of Vitamin C daily and I go in once a week to receive a Vitamin C intravenous injection once a week. From the first swallow of acv the pain left me and has not returned. Prior to this I could hardly eat, talk and I lived with constant pain. It is a real miracle. Thank you everyone for your input to this great web site.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lysine   3  0   

Posted by Earthgurl (Northern Virginia) on 06/02/2015

[YEA]  I had to tell you my experience curing shingles. Organic apple cider vinegar on a cloth compressed onto the area. I also took L-Lysine. My doctor was blown away! No thanks Big Pharma. Thanks to this community! Keep in mind that is what worked for me. Everyone is different.

Replied by Lori
South Florida
Just realized I'm having a shingles outbreak on my inner thigh. Haven't had one in 10 yrs. Immediately took 1000mg of L-lysine and Vitamin C. Put apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and put it on the rash for a few moments. Will come back to update.

9/7/15 UPDATE: Since 9/3 I've been taking 500mg L-lysine twice a day and using Apple Cider Vinegar on the rash twice a day on a cotton ball for a few seconds. Can say the rash is drying up! A few minutes after using ACV the pain and itch goes away for most of the day. It's working!

Posted by Monica J (Western Suburbs Of Chicago, Illinois ) on 05/15/2011

[YEA]  Hi all. Just finished a recent bout with shingles and thought I would share here in repayment for the great advice I have read here over the years.

I have had shingles a few times before and found the apple cider vinegar treatment (swabbing lesions with cotton soaked ACV) has worked for me. In fact, even treated my son when he had chicken pox that same way and lessened his time spent with that awful childhood illness.

This last time was different for me however. Instead of having shingles in a 'convenient' location, grouped together on my back or leg where I could treat with ACV, dry and then coat with an OTC anti itch cream and then cover with a bandage... No, this time they appeared on my foot. And like many here didn't recognize it as shingles - thought I had some nasty spider bites. After a day or two as they were spreading, realized well into the problem that this was a new location for shingles.

Maybe waiting a day or two to treat with ACV made it less effective than it was in the past. I was able to soak my foot a few times a day in a small foot bath of ACV and that helped with current lesions. However, having it on my toes made it difficult to keep the lesions from spreading and multiplying. One area would sprout a lesion and then go thru its stages and break as it was rubbing against another toe and then that toe would have a lesion (or two) the next day.

Then I remembered this site and read thru the comments here again for another clue as to what to do. The clue was the amino acid Lysine. The lack of the amino acid in one's diet is considered to make one liable to viruses such as shingles.

I had an older bottle of bee pollen in my cabinet. Bee pollen is a 'complete food' and contains all aminos. I took three tabs immediately and then 3 every 12 hours. (Why that time? Made it up - thought it would take that long to get thru my system.)

So, will keep up with the Lysine intake and of course, keep a supply of ACV on hand in case of future outbreaks.

Replied by Schuyler
Mullins, Sc
I started with shingles Dec. 2012. Have had ongoing problems since then. It was hard to diagnose because it never came out as a rash, but stayed "inside. " It's in the left side of neck, left upper roof gum area, temple, top left side of head, partially down left neck and left shoulder. Been on antivirals & steroids 3 times. Now, back on antivirals alone. BUT... This time, I'm having an actual outbreak on the inside of the lower lid of my left eye. It's very uncomfortable. I've just taken the ACV for the first time after reading all the comments, but can anyone suggest what I might possibly be able to use for my eye to help with the bad discomfort? I know I can't put vinegar in there--UGH! Thanks for any help.
Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Schuyler, I have sent two friends who had shingles to my friend who is a Chinese herbalist. He doesn't do acupuncture but specializes in Chinese herbalism.

One of my friend's husband was hit with a terrible case of shingles along the same area where yours is. His work sent him home saying he could not return until it was resolved. Of course, he was in pain and upset about not being able to work. He's also a scientist and when his wife told him about my recommendation for this he said he would not go there and have his tongue "read". She said fine, went by herself and told him her husband had shingles and where it was located. He sent her home with herbs and instructions and within 2 days the shingles were gone and he could return to work.

Again, I don't think I can emphasize how powerful Chinese medicine is. I hope this helps. Lisa

P.S. Forgot to mention, my herbalist friend treated his own dad successfully for shingles as well!

Replied by Connie
Slc, Utah, Usa
Hi Schuyler; I would recommend high dose B12, even injections for shingles. B12 has antiviral properties, and it used to be used to treat them before the advent of antivirals. Shingles near the eyes may even cause blindness, so I can't help but ask you to hurry. B12 will also treat post herpetic neuralgia, which can be debilitating.
Replied by Liz
Melbourne, Australia
Hi l have had shingles 3 times in 3 months but quite mildly, l use colloidal silver and keep a wet solution on at all times with cotton wool , you can put it in your eyes, l have been using it successfully for 15 years on any external infection, sometimes l drink it for my ulcer helps straight away, sore throats, eye infections fantastic, good luck
Replied by Maryann
Emporia, Kansas
Collodial Silver (liquid dietary supplement) is great to use as eye drops if you want to protect your eyes from your shingles outbreak. It's safe to use in eyes.

Posted by ELFGIRL (Buffalo, NY) on 04/21/2009

[YEA]  I'm a 52 year old female - the ACV works! I admit that the bout of Shingles I had was not too bad. The first night I tried the ACV both internal and external the redness and itching started to go away. I included in fight against shingles by taking between 3,000 - 4,000 mg of lysine. This helps boost your immune system both for shingles and cold sores. I also used calamine lotion and Zorvorax. In less than 2 days the blisters were drying up and the itching was going away I finally could sleep. I highly recommend the ACV as a great method in treating shingles.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Vitamins, Acupuncture   2  0   

Posted by Bert (New Brunswick, NJ) on 04/02/2008

[YEA]  SHINGLES REMEDY I'm getting over a case of the shingles now. Thank you for all the inputs provided here...they really helped. Here's what worked for me. When the rash starts to appear accompanied with the burning sensation, apply vinegar to the rash. This will soothe the burn (this same remedy is used in jellyfish stings) Also use Neosporin to help with healing and the itching. Aleeve or Tylenol for the pain. TylenolPM at night to help me sleep. I also took Vitamin C, B and Lysine everyday. When the rash first appeared, I was in so much pain that I was willing to do anything that would ease the pain. My friend recommended acupuncture so on I went. My skin was so sensitive to touch that they could only apply the acupuncture needles in a small portion of the rash. The part of the rash that received the treatment never actually turned to blisters. It just became less red and went away. The rest turned into red bumps and blisters. That was my first time getting acupuncture. I was so nervous. I'm not a fan of needles at all but I think it really helped eased the pain and the rash. So if you are brave enough for it I think acupuncture works.

Replied by Trudy
Salt Lake City, Ut
[YEA]   I started out with a pulled muscle with a pinched nerve. Shingles showed up a few days later in the area where I pulled my nerve. The apple cider on a washcloth was very soothing. Also using an ice pack stopped some of the sting. Trying different levels of elevating my leg helped also. Arnica cream works great on severe pain. I also took lysine tablets 12hrs apart with food.

Beginning Stage Shingles Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Lizzy (Asheville, Nc) on 10/10/2014

Hello! I think I may have the beginning stages of shingles. I have a rash that just appeared at the top of my right buttock and I am running a slight fever (99.4 F). Does anyone have any suggestions to prevent it from getting worse? Thank you thank you thank you thank you!

Replied by Prioris
Homeopathic remedy labeled shingles can help.
Replied by Marina
Try Olive Leaf Extract.

BHT   0  0   

Posted by Alaskanprincess (Yuma, Arizona) on 10/16/2014

I had an outbreak of shingles years ago. I remember doc telling me 'there's no cure' - and pain....lots of pain. (Maybe he gave me a Vit B injection???)

Anyway, I took BHT and they were gone! When I went to local health food store (now defunct, unfortunately) and asked for BHT, they asked me if I had shingles. AFTER my cure, doc wasn't surprised - seems he knew about BHT but didn't feel he could tell me about it. (This was probably 25 years ago so I don't remember dose, how long I took, etc. - only that it worked, and it worked quickly! )

My questions: What is the dosage for shingles?? Anny suggestions on how to take?? (If it matters, this would be for 60'ish year old woman, about 110 pounds; and a 70'ish year old woman, maybe 125 pounds.)

Can/should BHT also be applied topically? And of, and combined with what?

And, when the shingles are gone, would it be prudent to continue on a 'maintenance' dose?

Any cautions - other than avoiding alcohol? about taking BHT as a preventive measure??

If anyone else has had experience using BHT for shingles, I'd appreciate it if you'd share your experience. There are some great posts about BHT - but most of them address use of BHT for other maladies.

Replied by Oscar Donate

Syracuse, New York
Thanks for posting this valuable information Alaskanprincess. Myself and others have had success using BHT to treat hepatitis C and B. I can`t help but wonder if BHT will work for Ebola also, as a treatment and preventive measure. BHT seems to work for a very many lipid coated viruses. Ebola is a lipid coated virus.

The original publication by: Person, Snipes, Keith and Cupp is titled " Butylated Hydroxytoluene Inactivates Lipid-Containing Viruses " in the journal " Science " volume 188 pages 64-66 published in 1975.

My suggestion for people weighing 125 pounds or less is One 250mg to 350mg of BHT with water only on an empty stomach or less if any adverse reactions are experienced. It was great hearing from you....Oscar

Black Salve   1  0   

Posted by Kate (Nevada City, CA USA) on 10/16/2008

[YEA]  I have used black salve successfully on many different skin lesions, as well as moles. Two years ago I had an initial, very painful outbreak of shingles on my chest. After several days of suffering I decided to try black salve on the blisters. At first it hurt like heck, but it hurt anyway. By the next day the pain and itching were gone. It took a long time to heal completely, and a couple more spots appeared in the area along the way (which I treated also), but the pain was gone and it eventually healed nicely. I still have scars, but no more problems since.

I haven't seen any other postings for using it on shingles, so I thought someone might find it helpful.

Replied by Kat
Drummond, Montana
I just learned of black salve from a friend of mine who used it on a growth on her breast that looked like it had spider veins coming from it when xrayed. In 6 months time, when they re-xrayed that growth it was completely gone! I have psoriosis and am wondering if anyone has any info on me maybe trying this black salve on it
Replied by Ann
Charlotte, Nc
This is in response to the person with psoriasis. it will be cured by a completely GLUTEN FREE diet. it is amazing...

Black Tea   0  0   

Posted by Suanne (Geelong, Australia) on 08/10/2010

I had shingles and the medication the dr gave me was not effective so I used tepid black tea to dab on the blisters and it cleared it up in a couple of days. I use the cut side of a slice of lemon to cure corns. Use it every time you think of it over the day. Soon gone forever.

Bleach   1  1   

Posted by Josie (Columbia, Maryland) on 11/22/2012

[NAY]  I thought my case of shingles was poison oak and put cortisone cream on for two days as that had cleared up a case of poison oak (that I had for 2-3 months) in 3-4 days. But the cortisone was not working so I went to see my doctor and he said I had shingles. I had experienced more blistering from putting diluted clorox on my poison oaked areas and I smelled like clorox too all day long. This was a popular remedy I saw on the internet. So I was glad when I got the cortisone cream to heal my poison oak. Now I will have to be as persisitenet with this shingles. It's been the year of rashes for me.

The reason I mention the diluted clorox is that the dermatologist my doctor consulted with also on the shingles recommended a diluted clorox bath but I think it could spread the blisters like it did with the poison oak so I am not going to try this.

Posted by Bob (Somewhere, Az) on 11/16/2012

[YEA]  The best way to get rid of shingles is to wipe them with a little clorox on a cotton ball. Early on this will work really well and dry up the lesions in 1-2 days. I have not tried in on PHN and don't know if it works. I know it dries up the lesions. It really works. If the lesions are on your face be so careful not to get clorox into you eyes as it will burn!!! DO NOT DRINK IT!

Calamine Lotion   1  0   

Posted by Tressa (Mount Pocono, Pa.) on 05/27/2012

[YEA]  I'm in my 80's and got a case of shingles, the perscription my Dr. gave me was too expensive and it was to treat shingles. So I didn't buy it I saw that shingles looked like poison ivy so I treated it with calamine lotion by soking toilet paper with it, placed it around my middrift and wore a white T shirt. My shingles was gone in 2wks.

Capsaicin Cream, Apple Cider Vinegar   1  0   

Posted by Janbug (Jewett, Texas, USA) on 08/29/2009

My husband came down with shingles after chemo and back surgery. The doctor gave him the regular meds with extra nerve pills but it did not stop the pain. I called the nurse and ask what to use. I was told to use capsaicin which I went to get as quick as I could on a friday afternoon. I put the cream on him and thought he was going to burn up. I think it may work because the pain on the outside of the skin hurts so bad you forget about the pain on the inside for a little bit. I thought I would go crazy trying to find something to help make his pain go away so I got on line and found your site. I have started him on 2 tablespoons of the Apple Cider Vinegar in water and rubbing his neck and scalp. I pray it works and I thank you for being there for me to find. jan in texas

Replied by Diane
Uniontown, Pa
I had read Dr. Morton Walker's book about Olive Leaf extract, so when my son had shingles, he reluctantly took OLE. (He must have been desperate to try one of mama's remedies, haha) I wanted him to take two to four a day (500 mg is what we have on hand) but I can't say for sure how many he did take. All I know is that he improved quickly, (a few days) and hasn't had a problem with shingles after that. You could Google "olive leaf extract" shingles, for more info.
Replied by Lola
[YEA]   CAPSICAIN (from hot peppers) for the best topical relief from shingles. You can get it in creme/lotion in a tube at most pharmacies. No burning whatsoever. REALLY HELPS.

Castor Oil   1  0   

Posted by Junglegirl (Haiku, Hawaii) on 08/11/2009

[YEA]  Shingles treatment: My mother used a high quality pure castor oil slathered on the worst spots. She applied it most heavily at night and wore old pajamas because it's messy, but it worked immediately for her. We found the remedy somewhere online, years ago, so I can't reference it. But it worked.

Replied by Johnny
Ray City, Ga
Here is a good summary of shingles:

"Shingles and chickenpox were once considered separate disorders. It is now known that they are both caused by a single virus of the herpes family known as varicella-zoster virus (VZV). The word herpes is derived from the Greek word "herpein, " which means "to creep, " a reference to a characteristic pattern of skin eruptions. VZV is still referred to by separate terms

"* Varicella: the primary infection that causes chickenpox.*
Herpes zoster: the reactivation of the virus that causes shingles."

Cayenne Pepper   2  0   

Posted by Ahmad_h (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) on 12/04/2012

[YEA]  I'm 27 and I recently had a breakout of shingles on my leg. A day after I had the red spots the nerve pain arrived. That's when I realized it was shingles and immediately began seeking remedies. It appeared that cayenne pepper was key to suppressing the virus, according to a number of folks on earthclinic. I began looking for natural pastes around the house to mix with cayenne pepper. All I had at the time was Tahini (sesame butter). I took a tablespoon of tahini and mixed it with a whole lot of cayenne pepper, almost to the point of saturation, and applied it to the red spots. 95% of the nerve pain was gone and the red spots were no where in sight within 24hours. I've been reapplying it almost daily (usually when I feel the pain creeping up). Cayenne pepper is shingles' worst nightmare. I've been ingesting half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper every few days as well, just for good measure. And they said it takes 2-3 weeks to heal!

Replied by Tabitha
Kennewick, Wa
How long should I leave the cayenne paste on my rash? Please get back to me as soon as u can cuz im in a whole lot of pain.
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
Dear Tabitha,

So sorry about the shingles!

I do not know how long the person who wrote the post left the cayenne in place. It sounds as if people apply it and then reapply as needed. I know a man who used cayenne to pack a bleeding wound and left the cayenne in the wound. It did not cause a problem to leave the cayenne in the wound. (And it stopped the bleeding and left the ER wondering how he got the bleeding to stop! )

I once made an apple cider vinegar/cayenne liniment to put on a sore foot and just left it on.

If you haven't tried it yet, the cayenne may burn upon contact, but that usually goes away quickly. If it bothers you beyond that, you could wash it off.

You may want to take the cayenne internally as well. I like 1/2 teaspoon in some grape juice or carrot juice a couple of times a day when I need the cayenne.

Let us know how it goes. I hope you find much relief with the cayenne!

~Mama to Many~

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