Shingles are a skin condition that causes blotchy red patches and a painful eruption on the surface of the skin. Shingles are also known as herpes zoster, and it is caused by the same virus that is responsible for chickenpox. In most cases, the virus shows up like chickenpox and stays dormant in this state after chickenpox is gone but later erupts. This virus then shows in the form of vesicular skin lesions and is usually accompanied by extreme pain on the skin. These lesions appear anywhere on the skin, especially along the distribution of the nerve root.
The pain can last up to fourteen days before eventually there is an outbreak of rash and the healing may be within twenty days. It is important to consult your health care provider if you experience extended pain and if the rash spread to the area of the eye.
Symptoms of Shingles
The following are the common noticeable signs of herpes zoster
– Red rash
– Blisters show on the skin and later break open and crust over
– Itching of the skin
– Burning feelings of pain some level of numbness or tingling sensation.
Likely Causes of Shingles
There are a variety of factors that may be responsible development of Shingles and they include the following:
– Weakened immune system of the body
– An infection in the body
– Shock (Physical or emotional)
– Exposure to chemotherapy and radiotherapy
– Extensive use of steroids
The risk of contracting Shingles increases with age.
Homeopathic Treatment for herpes zoster
The conventional treatments for herpes zoster include the use of anti-viral agents and pain relief drugs. The Homoeopathic Treatment uses like to cure like. This just means the use of similar medicine especially one that brings about similar symptoms is given in a tiny dose to make the body heal itself.
This form of treatment involves giving a particular homeopathic medicine that corresponds to the symptoms shown by an individual patient. To make this treatment effective, using the written dosage is of great importance as it requires strict adherence to prescription.
Homeopathic Remedies for Shingles
Arsenicum album: this particular treatment is appropriate for skin conditions with itching and burning sensations. The burning sensation also is relieved with heat application or sometimes cold. The patient feels thirsty and restless.
Rhus Toxicodendron: this remedy is made from poison oak, and it is made homoeopathically and is used in the treatment of Shingles. Due to the itching nature of poison oak that is similar to shingles reactions, this remedy suits treatment of Shingles. It is appropriate for a patient that shows restlessness always changing resting position.
Graphites: This remedy is used in the later stage of Shingles disease for patients that show a crusty quality of vesicles accompanied by a sticky exudation.
Hypericum: This remedy is used for Shingles with extreme pain and intense itching. This pain is due to the excess paint in the nerve
Cantharis: the associated indication of this form of Shingles is a burning sensation that is aggravated with touch but milder with cold application. This remedy is appropriate for the treatment of such symptom
Ranunculus Bulbosa: this is made from the herb buttercup, and it is appropriate for burning and itching feeling that gets worse with touch, the vessels are bluish in look.
Homeopathic remedies are not limited to the ones listed above. Rhus Toxicodendron will be appropriate at the initial stage and graphites at the later stage in case you are not sure which remedy to use. You can also change the remedy if you find another that looks more appropriate.
It is advisable to consult a homeopath for a more accurate prescription.
Dosing and Tips
For the Homoeopathic Treatment of Shingles to be effective, it is better to repeat in the interval of a few hours four times daily. It can also be combined with other medication without any complication except that it may distort the symptoms shown and this might slow the response expected from the treatment.
Ensure to stay away from caffeine and mint including flavored toothpaste as they can interfere with the homeopathic remedy.
Do not touch the homeopathic remedy with a bare hand. Take it straight from the bottle avoiding direct contact with the content.
In conclusion, never get scared of using a homeopathic remedy for Shingles, it won’t hurt anyway, and the healing effect will be visible and seen faster than you think.
Homeopathic Treatment for Shingles in Philadelphia
At the Philadelphia Homeopathic Clinic, a worldwide recognized homeopathic practitioner, medical doctor Victor Tsan will perform an initial assessment that lasts for 1.5-2 hours and will choose the most appropriate homeopathic combination (protocol) for the patient’s constitution. Amongst classical diagnostic techniques (anamnesis, percussion, palpation, auscultation) doctor Tsan uses Iridology diagnostic to pinpoint the core of the problem and the initial glitch in your body that leaded to the development of the shingles.
Contact Philadelphia Homeopathic Clinic to schedule an appointment for a homeopathic evaluation or use our secure on-line scheduling system.