SHINGLES (herpes zoster)
What is shingles?
What are the symptoms of shingles?
Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles that affects the nerve fibers and skin and can be extremely painful. It typically occurs after the rash has resolved. The symptoms are typically confined to the area where the shingles occurred and may include a sharp, burning or deep, aching pain; extreme sensitivity to touch and temperature change; itching and numbness. These problems can go on for months, in some cases years, and are most likely to occur among older people. In fact, the older you are when you develop shingles, the more likely you are to develop postherpetic neuralgia. This complication rarely occurs before the age of 50, but develops in at least 50 percent of shingles patients over 60 and in almost 75 percent of those 70 or older.
What are the causes?
It is uncertain what causes the reactivation, but more than likely, having a decreased immunity is one of the predisposing factors. Shingles is much more common in older adults (whose immune systems become weaker with age) and in those whose immunity is suppressed. Heightened emotional or physical stress can also play a part in increasing the incidence of shingles.
Help and Suggestions from Four Winds Nutrition
Nutri-Calm (To calm the nerves) up to 8 a day.
For itching and irritated skin
Eat as much raw fruits and veggies as possible!
Avoid refined sugars, starches, jams, ice cream, eggs, red meats, nicotine, coffee and alcohol.
EXERCISE: Moderate to strenuous.
MASSAGE: Lymphatic and Circulatory system
Antiviral Formula for Herpes and Other Viral Conditions
Dr. Wenwei Xie a traditional Chinese medical doctor from Beijing China came to the United States as part of a research project on Chinese remedies for the herpes simplex virus. He formulated this product and tested it in the lab. It reduced viral counts more than 50% with no toxicity. The researchers were unable to find any -active- compounds in the herbs that could be developed into drugs, so the project was abandoned. As a result, he introduced the formula to Nature's Sunshine, who made it commercially available.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, the combination helps to resolve viral disorders by cooling the blood and regulating the chi. Many of the herbs in this formula are antiviral and anti-inflammatory. They are also detoxifying. VS-C has been clinically successful in resolving a wide variety of viral conditions including cold sores or fever blisters, canker sores, genital herpes, shingles and chicken pox.
Dandelion is an alterative and a tonic that aids the function of the liver, kidneys, stomach and blood. It reduces inflammation and relieves sores. It has been used to treat lymphatic swelling and bacterial infections. It gently detoxifies the body by promoting healthy liver and kidney function.
Scute Root is an antiseptic that reduces inflammation and relieves pain. It is related to the Western herb, skullcap, and has similar nervine effects. A detoxifying herb, it has a fever reducing effect and is antiviral and antibacterial. It also eases allergic reactions.
Purslane is a common garden weed, seldom used in Western herbalism. However, in Oriental medicine it is considered a cooling remedy for fever and inflammation. It is used to cleanse the liver and blood, and has been used to treat warts, sores, boils, stings, and malaria.
Indigo Herb and Root detoxifies the blood, reduces fever and is anti-inflammatory. In Oriental medicine it has been used for eruptions on the skin, including dermatitis, chronic eczema, infected wounds and abscesses. It is also used for canker sores and skin eruptions. VSC
Thlaspi expels pus, purifies the blood, reduces fever and arrests pain. It is a bitter, acrid herb that has been used in Chinese medicine to treat viral disorders like hepatitis and mumps.
Pinellia dissolves phlegm, stimulates digestion and absorbs toxins. It is primarily a decongestant herb that has been used to treat sinus congestion, bronchitis, tuberculosis, croup, sore throat and asthma, but it has also been used in Oriental medicine for blood poisoning. VSC
Bupleurum is a major Chinese herb for the liver. It helps reduce fever and has been used to treat hepatitis and skin eruptive diseases. It has some antibacterial and anti-viral effects, too.
Ginseng is a general tonic that acts as an immune stimulant and improves energy. It balances the cooling effect of the other herbs in this formula.
Cinnamon Twig is an aromatic herb with antiseptic qualities. It acts as a catalyst in this formula to improve digestion and stimulate circulation.
Licorice is included in many Chinese formulas because it is a balancing herb. It is also anti-inflammatory and has some antiviral activity.
The general indications for VS-C tcm formula include fever or inflammation and skin eruptions. It may be helpful for any viral condition that causes skin eruptions. The normal dose of this formula is one capsule daily.
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