How to eliminate shingles quickly and naturally using alternative holistic methods

Written by Thomas Corriher

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a secondary outbreak of chicken pox that can happen decades after the infection.  It is usually less severe the second time.  It may occur if you have had either chicken pox or the chicken pox vaccination.  It is an opportunistic virus which will occur whenever the immune system is sufficiently impaired.  Those who have never contracted chicken pox are at risk of contracting it from people with shingles.  When it first occurs, shingles usually appears in circular patterns.

Why You Should Not Visit Your Doctor

Doctors will prescribe just about anything for shingles, except for something that actually remedies it.  Some prescribe pain-killers, anti-depressants, and topical petro-chemical creams.  The resultant overall help-to-harm ratio is rather depressing to say the least.  More often than not, standard treatments actually stress the immune system enough to make the outbreak last longer, and of course, ultimately more profitable.

Prescribing anti-depressants for a shingles outbreak is insane, and places the patient at more risk than the original virus.  Pharmaceutical anti-depressants are known to cause suicidal and homicidal behaviors, especially in those not needing them.

All of the treatment options have risks, and are rarely effective.  However, shingles will eventually disappear without treatment, and the time that it takes depends on the strength of the immune system.


Natural Treatments

A natural, holistic approach to shingles takes into account that it is part of the herpes family of viruses.  When it is treated in this manner, the virus outbreak will be short-lived.  Herpes can only thrive in a body with a weakened immune system.  The herpes family of viruses are particularly effected by a person's arginine to lysine ratio.  These are natural amino acids that are found in the human body.  There must be greater levels of arginine in the body for herpes viruses to thrive.

Lysine is found in proteins, dairy, and most vegetables.  Arginine is found in nuts, chocolate, and tomatoes.  You can also view a full chart which provides lysine to arginine ratios in recommended foods.  Ensure that the lysine intake is higher than the arginine intake.

A chiropractor will generally be more helpful than a standard doctor.  Shingles survives in the spinal fluid, where the virus many remain dormant for decades.  Spinal misalignments are a strong contributing factor in outbreaks, and their durations.  Therefore, chiropractic adjustments can dramatically speed the recovery process.

In order to reduce pain and stimulate recovery, soak a wash rag in apple cider vinegar.  Next, sprinkle cayenne pepper powder over the lesions, and cover them with the damp rag.  Put a hot water bottle on top of the rag, or use some other safe source of heat.  Be careful not to burn the person.  This procedure should dramatically reduce recovery time if repeated regularly.  It will also provide much needed relief to the itching.

For an outbreak of shingles to occur, the immune system must be weakened.  It is therefore important to eat well, and take care of yourself during the outbreak.

For a short period, it would be wise to supplement with large doses of lysine (up to 2000 mg. per day), until the outbreak is gone.  This may cause health problems if continued for a lengthy period.  A mere handful of peanuts is usually enough to shift the balance in favor of arginine, so a carefully planned diet is absolutely critical for fast recovery.  Oral doses of colloidal silver should be helpful too, because colloidal silver is harmful to viruses.  Large doses of vitamin C are known for being helpful in reducing the recovery time.  We are intentionally neglecting to list herbs as an option, because herbs have almost no effect on herpes, chickenpox, or shingles.

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