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MoonDragon's Health & Wellness
SHINGLES
(HERPES ZOSTER)

& Chickenpox (Herpes Varicella) Information


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"For Informational Use Only"
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BASIC INFORMATION


TYPES OF HERPES VIRUSES - QUICK OVERVIEW

There are more than 90 viruses that belong to a family of animal viruses called herpes virdae. Of this family of viruses, at least seven are known to be important to humans.

Herpes Varicella-Zoster causes chicken pox and shingles.

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) causes infectious mononucleosis.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV), another member of the herpes family, can cause some cardiovascular diseases and eye disorders. It is often is carried without producing any symptoms, but can have devastating consequences for developing fetuses, newborns and for people with compromised, depressed immune systems.

Human Herpes Virus Type 6 (HHV-6) and 7 (HHV-7) are suspected of being capable of triggering autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis, and roseola, a common illness of early childhood.

Human Herpes Virus Type 8 (HHV-8) is very closely related to the Epstein-Barr virus, and may lead to cancer of the bone, chronic fatigue syndrome, Kaposi's sarcoma, and infection of the lymphatic system.

This page primarily discusses the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1), which causes cold sores (fever blisters), and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2), which causes genital herpes.

Once the herpes virus enters the body, they never leave. They live in nerve cells, where the immune system cannot find them, and they become active from time to time as the immune system is depressed. The virus may lie dormant for long periods of time, until illness, sun-exposure, fatigue, stress, or some other factor causes the virus to break out in open sores again. Fortunately, after a period of time, the virus seems to burn itself out. Outbreaks rarely appear after the age of fifty, with the exception of the herpes zoster virus, which tends to reappear as shingles in older adults.

MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Herpes Virus Infections





herpes zoster virus


SHINGLES (HERPES-ZOSTER) DESCRIPTION

VARICELLA-ZOSTER VIRUS

Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) belong to the Herpes Virus Family. This virus causes two major diseases, chicken-pox (Varicella), an infection that usually occurs in childhood, and shingles (Zoster), that usually occurs later in life. Shingles (Zoster) is a reactivation of an earlier varicella infection.

SHINGLES CONTAGIOUSNESS

The VZV is spread by respiratory aerosols or direct contact with skin lesions. If you have already had chickenpox, You cannot get shingles from someone else with shingles. However, if you have not had chickenpox, you can get chickenpox from close contact with the open blisters of someone with shingles. Once the blisters are crusted over, the virus can no longer be spread.

This is because the same virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles and is considered contagious only to those never having chickenpox. Shingles can only occur after a person has had chickenpox.

dormant chickenpox can cause shingles


Most adults have already contracted chickenpox. Chickenpox is a common childhood disease that causes a fever and a rash that itches maddeningly but rarely does any permanent damage. Once the varicella-zoster virus enters the body and has caused chickenpox, it does not ever go away. It may lie dormant in the spinal cord and nerve ganglia for years until activated, usually by a weakening (temporary or permanent) of the immune system. An estimated 90 percent of people who have had chickenpox are at risk of developing shingles. The trigger for shingles is unknown, but it is not caused by being around someone who also has shingles.

The virus affects the nerve endings in the skin. Shingles can appear anywhere on the body; however, it is most commonly found on the skin of the abdomen underneath the ribs, leading toward the navel. Other commonly affected areas are the vaginal tissues and the inside of the mouth.

common sites for shingles


When the varicella-zoster virus is activated, the infection spreads to the very ends of the nerves, causing them to send impulses to the brain that are interpreted as severe pain, itching, or burning, and rendering the overlying skin much more sensitive than usual.

MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Chickenpox

MoonDragon's Pediatric Information: Chickenpox





shingles of the eye herpes zoster of the eye shingles on the face


FREQUENT SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

CHICKENPOX

The typical rash of chickenpox is made up of groups of small, itchy blisters surrounded by inflamed skin. The rash usually begins as one or two lesions, quickly spreading throughout the body including the trunk, scalp, face, arms, and legs. The total number of blisters varies greatly from person to person. Over four days, each blister tends to dry out and form a scab, which then falls off between 9 to 13 days later.

The rash is usually preceded by:
  • Fever, usually low-grade.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Flu-like symptoms.

SHINGLES

Varicella-zoster is part of a group of viruses called herpes viruses, which includes the viruses that cause cold sores and genital herpes. Many of these viruses can lie hidden in your nervous system after an initial infection and remain inactive for years before causing another infection. The signs & symptoms of shingles can include:
  • Pain, burning, extreme sensitivity in a certain part of the body.
  • Red rash that begins a few days after the pain.
  • Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over.
  • Itching.
  • Numbness.
  • Fatigue.
  • Depression.
  • Tingling.
  • Shooting pains.
  • Swollen and painful lymph nodes.
  • Fever & chills.
  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach or abdominal pain.
  • Malaise (feeling bad overall) and other flu-like symptoms, including muscle aches.
  • Visual disturbances, drooping eyelid, loss of eye motion (if in a nerve that affects one of your eyes or the muscles surrounding it).
  • Taste abnormalities (if in a nerve that affects your tongue).
  • Hearing loss (if in a nerve that affects one of your ears).

An attack of shingles is often preceded by 3 days of chills, fever, and achy feelings. There may also be pain in the affected area. Pain is usually the first symptom of shingles. For some, it can be intense, with just the slightest touch causing severe pain. Sometimes the pain can be mistaken for other problems or diseases, such as kidney stones, gallstones or appendicitis, depending on its location. Some people experience the pain without the rash, which makes diagnosing shingles more difficult. Although the shingles rash may resemble chickenpox, the virus typically causes more pain and less itching the second time around.

herpes zoster blisters


Then crops of tiny fluid-filled blisters surrounded by a red rim appear. These blisters resemble the lesions of chickenpox, but are concentrated in the area supplied by the involved nerve. The affected area becomes excruciatingly painful and sensitive to touch. Typically, the shingles rash occurs on only one side of your body. It may appear, for example, as a band of blisters that wraps from the middle of your back around one side of your chest to your breastbone, following the path of the nerve where the virus had been inactive. It may occur along the entire path of the nerve or only in certain areas supplied by the nerve. Sometimes, the shingles rash occurs around one eye or on one side of the neck or face. The blisters eventually form crusty scabs and drop off. Scarring can occur in severe cases.

shingles on the back


Shingles strikes some 1 million Americans each year. It can appear at any age, but is most common in people over the age of 50, when immune function naturally begins to decline as a result of aging. Most cases of shingles run their course within a few weeks. More severe cases may last longer and require aggressive treatment.

POST-HERPETIC NEURALGIA (PHN)

In some cases, the pain continues for months, even years, after the blisters have disappeared. This syndrome, called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), is more likely to occur in older people. If shingles develop near the eyes, the cornea may be affected and blindness may result. About 20 percent of persons who get shingles go on to suffer a recurrence of the disease. The acute pain of shingles and the chronic pain of PHN are called neuropathic pain. Both originate in the nerve cells, but their duration and the reaction to treatment is different. Pain that occurs with the initial outbreak responds to treatment and is limited in duration. In contrast, PHN lasts longer, is often difficult to treat, and can be incapacitating. The skin of may people with PHN becomes so sensitive that they cannot tolerate wearing clothing or even feeling a light breeze on the affected area. Described as agonizing, excruciating, and burning, the pain can have a severe impact on daily living, leading to a loss of independence and, ultimately, to depression and isolation.

SHINGLES & PREGNANCY

Shingles during pregnancy can be serious. Pregnant women who get chickenpox or shingles have a higher than normal risk of developing pneumonia. In rare cases, an unborn child exposed to varicella zoster can be damaged or may be miscarried. If you acquire chickenpox when you are pregnant, the infection may spread to the fetus. However this is less likely with shingles than chickenpox.

shingles affected nerves


NERVE PATHWAYS

Anyone who's had chickenpox may develop shingles. If your immune system does not destroy the entire virus during the initial infection, the remaining virus can enter your nervous system and lie hidden for years. Eventually, it may reactivate and travel along nerve pathways to your skin - producing the shingles. Generally, only one nerve is involved. In rare cases, more than one nerve is involved.

dermatomes nerve pathways
In people who have had chickenpox, the virus is never fully cleared from the body; instead, it remains dormant in the nerve tissues. When physical or emotional stresses to the body weaken the immune system, the virus re-activates and spreads along the nerve fibers that comes out of the spinal cord (called a dermatomal pattern) to the particular area of skin supplied by the involved nerve (called a dermatome).





CAUSE

CHICKENPOX

Anyone who has not had chickenpox or the vaccine, is at risk for contracting the virus if exposed to someone with either chickenpox or shingles. The time between exposure to the virus and appearance of symptoms (called an incubation period) is between 10 and 20 days. The virus is spread through sneezing, coughing, and breathing - in other words, when someone with chickenpox sneezes or coughs, there are respiratory droplets with the VZV virus in the air. Then, you can breathe in those infected droplets and, if you have never had chickenpox or the vaccine, get chickenpox yourself.

Another possible way to get chickenpox, is to come into direct or indirect (like the clothes of someone with shingles) contact with discharge from VZV skin lesions.

The virus is contagious from two days before the rash appears until all of the lesions have crusted over.

SHINGLES

While shingles is caused by the same virus that leads to chickenpox, the way that you develop this painful skin lesion is quite different. After you have had chickenpox, the virus lives in a dormant state (like it is hibernating) in nerve cells along the spine. Later in life, when it is reactivated (usually from a weakened immune system, aging, or other risk factor), the virus travels down the tract of the particular nerve where it was "hibernating", first causing the pain and other sensations followed by the rash. The pattern or path that the symptoms follow is called a dermatome, which essentially means the area of the skin that the nerve supplies.





RISK FACTORS

CHICKENPOX

  • Exposure to VZV if you have neither had chicken pox nor received the vaccine.

  • Age under 10.

  • Late winter and early spring is the most common time that the virus is spread.


  • SHINGLES

  • Anyone who's had chickenpox has the potential of developing shingles. However, it is most common in older adults: More than half the shingles cases occur in adults over 60.


  • In addition, people with weakened immune systems from HIV/AIDS, those who are receiving medical treatments, such as steroids, radiation and chemotherapy, or those who have a history of bone or lymphatic cancer are more likely to develop shingles. Most people develop shingles only once, but recurrences in other areas are possible.


  • A person with shingles can pass the varicella-zoster virus to anyone who has not had chickenpox before. This usually occurs through direct contact with the open sores of the shingles rash. Once infected, the person will develop chickenpox, however, not shingles. The infection can be serious for certain groups of people with immune system deficiencies. The varicella-zoster virus cannot be spread to another person with a normal immune system who has already had chickenpox.


  • Until the shingles blisters scab over, avoid physical contact with:
    • Anyone who has never had chickenpox.
    • Anyone who has a weak immune system.
    • Newborns.
    • Pregnant women (A chickenpox infection can be dangerous for the developing baby.)

  • Stress and stressful situations may trigger shingles.


  • Having had chickenpox before age 1.





  • PREVENTIVE MEASURES

    There are 2 vaccines that conventional medicine says may help prevent shingles - The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine and the shingles (varicella-zoster) vaccine.

    CHICKENPOX VACCINE

    The varicella virus vaccine (Varivax) has become a routine childhood immunization to prevent chickenpox. It is recommended for children between ages 12 months and 18 months. The vaccine is also recommended for older kids and adults who have never had chickenpox. If you (or your child) receive the vaccine before age 13, then you only need one dose. If you receive the vaccine when you are older than 13 (which may be recommended if you have not yet had chickenpox or received the vaccine), then you should get a second dose 1 to 2 months later.

    Though the chickenpox vaccine does not guarantee you will not get chickenpox or shingles, it can reduce your chances of complications and reduce the severity of the disease.

    SHINGLES VACCINE

    In May 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first vaccine for adult shingles. The vaccine, known as Zostavax, is approved for use in adults ages 60 and over who have had chickenpox. The vaccine contains a booster dose of the chickenpox vaccine usually given to children. Tests over an initial four-year period showed that the vaccine significantly reduced the incidence of shingles in these older adults. Like the chickenpox vaccine, the shingles vaccine does not guarantee you will not get shingles. The single-dose vaccine was shown to be more than 60 percent effective and will likely help in reducing shingles symptoms and it reduced the incidence of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) by at least two-thirds. Studies are ongoing to evaluate the effectiveness of the vaccine over a longer term. Since vaccination against VZV is now recommended for children, the incidence of chickenpox has been reduced, which is expected to reduce the incidence of shingles in adults as these children age.

  • The shingles vaccine is recommended for all adults age 60 and older, whether or not they have had shingles previously. It is given as a single injection, usually in the upper arm. The shingles vaccine is only used as a prevention strategy, however. It is not intended to treat people who already have the disease. Common side effects include:
    • Redness, pain and swelling at the needle site.
    • Itching.
    • Headache.

    The shingles vaccine is not recommended under these conditions:
    • People who have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin or any other component of the shingles vaccine should not receive the vaccine.


    • People with weakened immune systems from HIV/AIDS or other disease that effects the immune system or a weakened immune system due to immune suppressing medications , steroid drugs, cancer treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy or organ transplants should not receive the vaccine because it contains live, weakened viral particles.


    • People with a history of bone-marrow or lymphatic cancer should not receive the vaccine.


    • People with active, untreated tuberculosis should not receive the vaccine.

  • If you are mildly ill, such as a cold or the flu, you may be considered well enough to get the vaccine. However, if you are moderately or severely ill, wait until you feel better before getting the vaccine.


  • If you have never had chickenpox or the vaccine, avoid contact with anyone who has chickenpox and avoid contact with the skin lesions of anyone with shingles.


  • To avoid spreading to others, children with chickenpox should be kept out of school or day-care until all of the blisters have scabbed over.


  • Capsaicin cream (from cayenne pepper) may help prevent post-herpetic neuralgia, a possible complication from shingles.





  • EXPECTED OUTCOME

  • Both chickenpox and shingles generally resolve spontaneously in those not at high risk for complications. The goal, therefore, is to make you as comfortable as possible while you have either condition and to shorten the length of time that you have the pain and itching associated with shingles in particular. Many lifestyle approaches and medications may be helpful for these purposes. Mind/Body techniques for relaxation can also help alleviate pain and reduce stress associated with shingles.


  • During symptom-free periods, the virus returns to its dormant state. Symptoms recur when the virus is reactivated. Recurrent symptoms are not new infections.


  • For most healthy people who receive treatment soon after the outbreak of blisters, the lesions heal, the pain subsides within 3 to 5 weeks, and the blisters often leave no scars. However, shingles is a serious threat in immunosuppressed individuals - for example, those with HIV infection or who are receiving cancer treatments that can weaken their immune systems. People who receive organ transplants are also vulnerable to shingles because they are given drugs that suppress the immune system.

    A person with a shingles rash can pass the virus to someone, usually a child, who has never had chickenpox, but the child will develop chickenpox, not shingles. A person with chickenpox cannot communicate shingles to someone else. Shingles comes from the virus hiding inside the person's body, not from an outside source.





    POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS

    CHICKENPOX

    While chickenpox usually goes away on its own with non-serious complications like itching and scarring, severe and sometimes fatal infections may occur, particularly in newborn infants, adults, and people whose immune systems are weakened. Such potential infections include:
    • Encephalitis (a brain infection).
    • Myocarditis (an infection of the heart muscle).
    • Pneumonia.
    • Secondary bacterial skin infection.

    SHINGLES

    Shingles usually clears in 2 to 3 weeks and rarely recurs. Your chance of getting another bout of shingles is only 1-5 percent if you have a normal, working immune system. If you are immunocompromised your risk for recurrence is higher.

  • Generally, shingles heal well and problems are few. However, on occasion if the blisters are not properly treated, the blisters can become infected with bacteria, causing cellulitis, a secondary bacterial infection of the skin. If this occurs, the area will become reddened, warm, firm, and tender. You might notice red streaks forming around the wound. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your health care professional. Antibiotics can be used to treat these complications.


  • A more worrisome complication occurs when shingles affect the face and mouth, specifically the forehead and nose. In these cases, it is possible, although not likely, that shingles can affect the eye, leading to temporary or permanent loss of vision. If you have shingles on your forehead or nose, your eyes should be evaluated by a health care professional. It can cause loss of hearing.


  • The most common complication of shingles is post-herpetic neuralgia. This occurs when the pain associated with shingles persists beyond one month, even after the rash is gone. For about 1 in 5 people who develop shingles, the pain continues in the same spot long after the blisters have cleared. It is a result of irritation of the nerves of sensation by the virus. The pain can be severe and debilitating and occurs primarily in people over the age of 50. When a person has post-herpetic neuralgia, damaged nerve fibers send confused and exaggerated messages of pain from the skin to the brain. This leaves the affected area of skin sensitive to even the slightest touch. There is some evidence that treating shingles with steroids and antiviral agents can reduce the duration and occurrence of post-herpetic neuralgia. Pain medication, antidepressants or anticonvulsant medications may help provide relief until the pain subsides. However, the decrease is minimal.


  • Shingles can also lead to other complications, including inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) and other neurological problems.


  • Loss of facial movement (paralysis) is possible as well.


  • Encephalitis (a brain infection) or sepsis (an infection in your blood stream, affecting many organs in the body) if you are immunocompromised.


  • For people with immune deficiencies, shingles and its aftermath can be devastating. The disease is capable of affecting the internal organs, attacking even the lungs, kidneys, and liver. Disseminated shingles can cause permanent injury - including blindness, deafness, or paralysis, depending on the area of the body that is served by the infected nerves - if it goes unchecked. Death can occur as the result of a secondary bacterial infection or viral pneumonia brought on by shingles.




  • TREATMENT


    CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS & TESTS

  • Shingles is usually diagnosed based on the history of pain on one side of your body along with the telltale rash and blisters. Your health care provider is likely to conduct a thorough physical exam and ask questions about accompanying symptoms. Your health care provider may also take a tissue scraping to look at under the microscope (called a Tzanck test) or culture of the blisters for examination in the laboratory. Blood work may be performed.


  • Treatment is directed toward relieving symptoms, reducing recurrence pattern and preventing complications.





  • CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT

  • There are several effective treatments for shingles. High doses of drugs that fight viruses (anti-virals), such as acyclovir (Zovirax), valacyclovir (Valtrex), or famciclovir (Famvir), can reduce the severity and duration of the rash if started early (within 72 hours of the appearance of the shingles rash). The addition of steroid drugs may have limited benefit in some cases, but studies have not conclusively confirmed the benefit of steroids in combination with all antiviral drugs. In addition to antiviral medication, pain medications may be needed for symptom control.


  • Antihistamines, like diphenhydramine, may be considered to control itching, especially at night for children.


  • An anti-inflammatory drug may be given to ease inflammation. Corticosteroids (prednisone) are occasionally used to reduce inflammation and lower the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia.


  • Pain relievers may be used to control pain. For relief of severe pain, narcotics (opioids) may be recommended.


  • The affected area should be kept clean. Bathing is permitted, and the area can be cleansed with soap and water. Cool compresses and anti-itching lotions, such as calamine lotion, may also provide relief. An aluminum acetate solution (Burow's or Domeboro solution, available at your pharmacy) can be used to help dry up the blisters and oozing.


  • Sometimes tricyclic antidepressants, such as nortriptyline, amintriptyline, and desipramine, or certain anticonvulsants are helpful if the pain continues (post-herpetic neuralgia) after shingles resolves. A topical ointment that includes capsaicin or a skin patch that contains the pain-relieving medication lidocaine may be soothing as well.


  • POST-HERPETIC NEURALGIA TREATMENT

    Post-herpetic neuralgia is localized pain in the area of involvement of shingles that persists beyond one month.

    The pain of post-herpetic neuralgia can be reduced by a number of medications. Tricyclic antidepressant medications (amitriptyline [Elavil] and others), as well as anti-seizure medications (gabapentin [Neurontin], carbamazepine [Tegretol], pregabalin [Lyrica]), have been used to relieve the pain associated with herpetic neuralgia. Capsaicin cream (Zostrix), a derivative of hot chili peppers, can be used topically on the area after all the blisters have healed, to reduce the pain. Lidocaine pain patches (Lidoderm) applied directly to the skin can also be helpful in relieving nerve pains by numbing the nerves with local lidocaine anesthetic. These options should be discussed with your health care practitioner.

    SPECIAL POPULATIONS

    If you have a compromised immune system, shingles lesions may be widespread rather than localized to one area of the body and it will likely take longer for the symptoms to heal, maybe lasting for months. Conditions that compromise your immune function include:
    • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.
    • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
    • Organ transplant recipient on medications to avoid rejection of the new organ.
    • Cancer, especially leukemia, Hodgkin's disease and other lymphomas, or if you are receiving chemotherapy.
    • If you have an autoimmune disease (like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn's disease) and are taking drugs that suppress your immune system in order to control the inflammation from any of these conditions.

    WARNINGS & PRECAUTIONS

    Aspirin must not be used in children with chickenpox or shingles because of risk of Reye's Syndrome which can cause liver and brain damage.

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Reye's Syndrome

    Call the health care provider if symptoms of confusion, vomiting, or weakness, even paralysis, of the arms, legs, trunk, or face begin during or soon after a chickenpox or shingles infection.





    RESEARCH & CLINICAL TRIALS

    The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conduct shingles research in laboratories at the NIH and also support additional research through grants to major medical institutions across the country. Current research is aimed at finding new methods for treating shingles and its complications.

    NIH Patient Recruitment for Shingles Clinical Trials
    ORGANIZATIONS

    American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)
    P.O. Box 850
    Rocklin, CA 95677-0850
    E-Mail: ACPA@pacbell.net
    Web Site: www.theacpa.org
    Tel: 916-632-0922, 800-533-3231
    Fax: 916-652-8190

    VZV Research Foundation [For Research on Varicella Zoster]
    24 East 64th Street
    5th Floor
    New York, NY 10021
    E-Mail: vzv@vzvfoundation.org
    Web Site: www.vzvfoundation.org
    Tel: 212-371-7280
    Fax: 212-838-0380

    National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain
    P.O. Box 70045
    Houston, TX 77270
    E-Mail: NFTPain@cwo.com
    Web Site: www.paincare.org
    Tel: 713-862-9332
    Fax: 713-862-9346





    LIFESTYLE & HOME REMEDIES

  • Depending on your level of pain, you might not feel like doing much, and you may feel weak and tired. If this is the case, be sure to listen to your body - get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities while you're recuperating.


  • Also, avoid stress, which can worsen pain. Relaxation techniques, including listening to music or doing tai chi, might help. To take your mind off the pain, try doing other activities, such as reading a book, watching a movie or working on a hobby.


  • MoonDragon's ObGyn Information: Stress

    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Pain Control

    The following are other tips to help minimize the pain and manage the symptoms of shingles.
    • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others). Never give aspirin to a child with a fever as it can result in Reye's syndrome.


    • Apply an anti-itch cream or calamine lotion to the affected area. A non-prescription hydrocortisone cream, containing at least 1 percent hydrocortisone, can temporarily relieve the itch. A non-prescription oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl, others), may be helpful if itching is severe.


    • Wash the blisters twice a day with regular soap and water but do not bandage them.


    • Apply cool, wet compresses to the blisters to relieve the pain and itch or soak in a cool water bathtub. Use water or water mixed with white vinegar - 1 ounce of vinegar to 32 ounces of water. Apply the compresses three times a day.


    • Take a comfortably cool bath. Sprinkle the bath water with baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal - a finely ground oatmeal that is made for the bathtub (Aveeno, others).

    • Trim your fingernails to avoid infection from scratching. For infants with chickenpox, try loose fitting, soft cotton or flannel mittens.


    • Tetrasil Skin Ointment may help some individuals. This is Tetrasilver Tetroxide (TsT) that was originally developed for and approved by the U.S. EPA as safe, non-toxic and effective method used in destroying a wide variety of pathogens commonly found in swimming pools. Tetrasil is intended for the cleansing, beautifying and moisturizing of the human body. See www.tetrasil.com for more information about this product.







    CONSIDERATIONS

  • Capsaicin has been attracting attention for its ability to relieve pain in persons suffering from post-herpetic neuralgia. Capsaicin is not a product of chemical engineering, but a component found in plants of the same family as red peppers. Researchers in Toronto found that 56 percent of people with post-herpetic neuralgia who were treated with capsaicin cream (Zostrix) for 4 weeks experienced significant relief in pain. Clinical studies suggest that capsaicin directly reduces the amount of substance P, a neurotransmitter responsible for the transmission of pain impulses. If there is a deficiency of substance P, the nerves are unable to transmit sensations of pain. Capsaicin is easy to use. You simply apply it topically to the affected area 3 or 4 times a day. In addition, capsaicin does not interact with any other drugs or medications, which makes it an especially attractive option for elderly people, who are often taking one or more drugs on a regular basis. Capsaicin cream is sold over the counter in most drugstores, health food stores, and is available online for purchase. It should not be applied until the blisters caused by shingles have healed completely, however, or extreme burning pain may result.


  • Herbal Remedies: Swedish Bitters Capsaicin Cream, NatureWorks, 4 oz.

  • Topical lidocaine (Lidoderm) may be prescribed for the pain of post-herpetic neuralgia. Possible side effects of this drug include redness and swelling. However, this is usually mild and does not last long.


  • People with compromised immune systems may be given serum or other biological products obtained from the pooled blood of people who have recently recovered from shingles to assist their own immune systems in resisting the virus. Health care providers are not more likely to administer huge doses of antiviral drugs to try to destroy or cripple the virus.


  • Orthomolecular health care practitioners often administer injections of vitamin B-12 combined with adenosine monophosphate (AMP) for shingles. Adenosine monophosphate (AMP), a compound that occurs naturally in the body, has been found to be effective against shingles. This treatment, together with topical applications of zinc oxide and plain yogurt along the path of the affected nerve 2 to 3 times daily can bring relief.


  • If conservative measures are not effective, an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep) may be prescribed. These drugs not only ease the emotional impact of unrelenting pain, but they seem to alleviate the pain itself. They appear to do this by causing an increase in the production of endorphins, the body's own natural painkillers.


  • Experiments are being conducted in which live chickenpox vaccine is given intravenously in an attempt to prevent shingles. Since you cannot develop shingles if you never contact chickenpox, researchers theorize that a vaccine that prevents chickenpox would therefore also prevent shingles. Detractors argue that while this approach may produce immunity in those who have never had chickenpox, the virus in the vaccine may also take refuge in the central nervous system and cause shingles years or decades later.


  • One of the biggest obstacles to researchers is learning more about the varicella-zoster virus is the fact that there are no animals in which it can be studied; chickenpox and shingles occur only in humans, and the virus grows poorly in laboratory cultures. Nonetheless, research continues into the biology of varicella-zoster, with the hope of developing a better understanding of how the immune system controls it and perhaps finding ways to ease the suffering caused by shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia.


  • In treating PHN, health care providers often resort to treating only the residual pain, whether with medication or other approaches. These include the following:
    • A transdermal (patch) form of anesthetic lidocaine has had very good results. The medication in the patch penetrates the skin, reaching the damaged nerves just under the skin without being absorbed significantly into the blood stream. This means that the patch can be used for long periods of time without serious side effects.


    • Trancutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy uses a device that generates low-level pulses of electrical current. The TENS unit is applied to the skin's surface, causing tingling sensations and offering some people pain relief. One theory as to how TENS works is that the electrical current stimulates production of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.


    • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: TENS Therapy

    • As a last resort, nerve blocks may be used to provide temporary relief. These procedures usually entail the injection of a local anesthetic into the area of the affected nerves. PHN most commonly affects older adults; because they are often unable to tolerate medication, the nerve block becomes a viable option.


    • Injections into the spin is another option for relief of pain. A Japanese clinical study reported in The New England Medical Journal of Medicine (November 2000) found that an injection of the steroid methylprednisone combined with the anesthetic lidocaine reduced pain by more than 70 percent in one patient group compared with groups that received lidocaine alone or an inactive substance.


    • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Pain Control Therapies





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    HOLISTIC, NUTRITION & HOME TREATMENT


    RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Warm baths with a tablespoon of salt, Epsom salts, or baking soda added can ease some of the discomforts, such as itching and pain, caused by the blisters. After the bath, pat dry gently and keep the lesions dry.


  • Consider life-style changes to avoid emotional stress. Stress reduction and keeping stress to a minimum is important. Stress reduces the immune system's effectiveness in fighting off infection. Studies have found that people with shingles report having recently been through stressful periods more often then other people. Get plenty of rest.


  • Avoid drafts. Allow the affected area to be exposed to sunlight for 15 minutes each day. Wash the blisters gently when bathing, and otherwise avoid touching or scratching them.


  • If you are suffering from a rash or blisters of an unknown origin, see a dermatologist. He or she can administer a test for shingles that only takes a few minutes.


  • See an ophthalmologist if the shingles appear on the forehead, near the eyes, or on the tip of the nose. Untreated ophthalmic herpes zoster can lead to vision loss.


  • Research suggests that capsaicin may be able to prevent outbreaks of herpes fever blisters or genital lesions.


  • Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), a byproduct of wood processing, is a liquid that can be applied topically to relieve pain and promote the healing of herpes outbreaks. DMSO has been used with success to relieve the pain of shingles and promote healing of outbreaks. Note: Only DMSO from a health food store should be used. Commercial-grade DMSO found in hardware stores is not suitable for healing purposes. The use of DMSO may result in a garlicky body odor. This is temporary, and is not a cause for concern.


  • Herbal Remedies: DMSO Use & Information

    Herbal Remedies: DMSO Liquid (Dimethylsulfoxide), 99.9% Pure Concentrate, 16 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: DMSO Gel (Dimethylsulfoxide), 99.9% Pure, 4 oz.

  • Apply vitamin E and vitamin A, alternately, directly on the sores. Or try using L-Lysine Cream from a health food store.


  • Herbal Remedies: Vitamin A, 10,000 IU, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 SoftGels

    Herbal Remedies: Vitamin E Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol, Vegetarian, 100% Natural, 32,000 IU, NOW Food, 1 oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Vitamin E 1000, NOW Foods, 1000 IU, 100 Gels

    Herbal Remedies: Vitamin E, 400 IU, 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 100 Gels

    Herbal Remedies: Vitamin E Skin Cream, NOW Foods, 28,000 IU, 4 oz.

    Herbal Remedies: NutriBiotic Skin Ointment, W/ Grapefruit Seed Extract & Lysine, 0.5 oz.

    For more specific and detailed information about treatment options, visit these pages:

    ESSENTIAL OILS

  • Try using essential oils. Bergamot Oil, Calophyllum Oil (related to St. John's Wort), Eucalyptus Oil, Geranium Oil, Goldenseal Oil, Lemon Oil can be used singly or in combination. These highly concentrated plant essences have strong antiviral properties. The best way to use them is to add a few drops of essential oil to a tablespoon of a carrier oil such as Almond Oil, Peanut Oil, or Olive Oil, and apply the mixture directly to the lesions at the first sign of an outbreak. In most instances, the lesions dry up and disappear completely within 3 to 4 days after this treatment.


  • HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

    Although very few studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic therapies, professional homeopaths may consider the following remedies for the treatment of chicken pox and shingles based on their knowledge and experience. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person's constitutional type. A constitutional type is defined as a person's physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate treatment for each individual.

  • Homeopathic remedies to alleviate chickenpox symptoms may include:
    • Antimonium Crudum. For irritable children who are extremely sensitive to touch and may have a thick white coating on the tongue.




    • Antimonium Tartaricum. For large, slowly appearing pox lesions.




    • Mercurius. For large, pus-filled pox which may ooze; this remedy is most appropriate for individuals who sweat profusely and may have enlarged lymph nodes.


    • Homeopathic Laboratories: Merc. Prae. Alb. - Itchy Eruptions of Skin

      Homeopathic Laboratories: Aethiops Merc. Min. - Skin Eruptions With Scabs

    • Pulsatilla. For fever associated with chicken pox; children who tend to be whiny, clingy, and weepy but have very little thirst despite the fever.




    • Rhus Toxicodendron. For severe itching that worsens at night and improves with warm compresses or a bath; this remedy is the most commonly prescribed. (See product links under Shingles below.)


    • Sulphur. For extremely itchy lesions that worsen with heat or bathing and which children will often scratch to the point of bleeding.



  • Consider using homeopathic remedies to alleviate shingles symptoms. The following homeopathic remedies that may be helpful are:

  • ACUPUNCTURE

    Although research results have been somewhat mixed, acupuncture may help relieve the nerve pain associated with shingles, especially when combined with standard medications. Acupuncturists treat people based on an individualized assessment of the excesses and deficiencies of qi located in various meridians. In the case of shingles, a qi deficiency is usually detected in the liver meridian with relative excess in the gallbladder meridian. Acupuncturists will often provide needle or moxibustion treatment (a technique in which the herb mugwort is burned over specific acupuncture points) around painful areas.

    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Acupuncture

    MIND & BODY MEDICINE

    The following relaxation techniques may help reduce the pain and stress associated with shingles and its potential complication of post-herpetic neuralgia:
    Also, cognitive behavioral therapy can help you restructure your thinking about the pain from feeling completely helpless to feeling like the pain is only one negative aspect of your overall positive life.

    Another practice from which people with post-herpatic neuralgia have reported some relief is Hypnosis.

    MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Hypnotherapy

    TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

    In a case series (a type of study that observes groups of people) of 56 people with post-herpetic neuralgia (see Prognosis and Complications for description of this post-shingles pain syndrome), the addition of the following traditional Chinese medical techniques to usual Western medical care helped reduce their pain of the participants in the trial:
    • Acupuncture.
    • Cupping (cups with suction are applied to areas of the skin to stimulate circulation).
    • Meditation.
    • Chinese herbs.

    In addition, a traditional TCM herb called Clinacanthus nutans (Bi Phaya Yaw) is able to kill VZV and other herpes viruses in test tubes. An extract of this herb has been compared to placebo in small numbers of people with shingles. It appears that a topical form of C. nutans extract may shorten the length of time that one has skin lesions from this condition. More research would be helpful. In the interim, it may be worthwhile to work with a certified Traditional Chinese physician in your area. Be sure to discuss this with your regular health care provider as well.

    RELATED LINKS

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Herpes Viral Infections

    MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1 - HSV-1)

    MoonDragon's ObGyn Information: STD's - Genital Herpes (Herpes Simplex Type2 - HSV-2)





    DIET & NUTRITION

  • Include in the diet brewer's yeast, brown rice, garlic, raw fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.


  • Herbal Remedies: Brewer's Yeast, NOW Foods, 650 mg, 200 Tabs

    Herbal Remedies: Brewer's Yeast, Debittered, NOW Foods, 1 lb.

  • Eat plenty of foods that contain Vitamin B-6, including bananas, nuts, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.


  • Go on a cleansing fast.


  • MoonDragon's Health Therapy: Fasting

  • Use Bee Pollen or Propolis, Chlorophyll, and/or Kelp to fight the virus and promote healing. Caution: Bee pollen may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Start with a small amount, and discontinue use if a rash, wheezing, discomfort, or other symptoms occur.


  • Herbal Remedies: Zesta Bee Pollen Granules, 100% Natural, 8.25 oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Bee Pollen Blend, Nature's Way, 580 mg, 180 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Bee Pollen, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 100 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Bee Pollen, Comvita, 500 mg, 100 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Bee Pollen Granules, Fresh American, 16 oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Bee Pollen Tincture, 2 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Bee Propolis, Lemon Honey Flavor, Made in New Zealand, 12 High Potency Lozenges

    Herbal Remedies: Bee Propolis, Original Flavor, Made in New Zealand, 12 High Potency Lozenges

    Herbal Remedies: Propolis Throat Spray, 1.05 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Propolis Extract, Comvita, Alcohol-Free, PFL 15, 0.8 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Chlorofresh Chlorophyll Supplement, Nature's Way, 50 mg, 90 Softgels

    Herbal Remedies: Chlorofresh Liquid Chlorophyll, Mint Flavor, Nature's Way, 16 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Kelp Supplement, Nature's Way, Certified, 650 mg, 100 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Kelp Seaweed Norwegian, NOW Foods, 100% Natural Acophyllum Nodosum, 550 mg, 250 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Kelp Seaweed Norwegian Powder, 4 oz. Bulk

    Herbal Remedies: Kelp Seaweed Norwegian Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Kelp Granules, Vegetarian, NOW Foods, 8 oz.

  • Avoid alcohol, processed foods, colas, white flour products, sugar, refined carbohydrates, coffee, and drugs to lessen the chance of an outbreak. Herbal teas are beneficial (see herbs), but all other teas should be avoided.


  • Drink steam-distilled or quality bottled water.


  • Eat the following in moderation during outbreaks: almonds, barley, cashews, cereals (grains), chicken, chocolate, corn, dairy products, meat, nuts and seeds, oats, and peanuts. These contain L-arginine, an amino acid that suppresses L-Lysine, the amino acid that retards virus growth.


  • High levels of the amino acid arginine may cause outbreaks of herpes. Foods containing arginine include chocolate, peanuts, and soybeans. Avoid foods that contain high levels of arginine.


  • Do not consume citrus fruits and juices while the virus is active.





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    HERBS

  • Aloe Vera has been used to soothe skin disorders and inflammations and has been used for herpes and other skin conditions.


  • Herbal Remedies: Aloe Vera Supplements & Products

  • Alfalfa, Chamomile, and Dandelion promote healing by helping to restore the body's normal acid/alkaline balance. Dandelion also helps to detoxify and support the liver. German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) traditionally has been used to treat skin conditions and childhood illness like chickenpox. A cool chamomile compress can aid in soothing the blisters.

    Herbal Remedies: Alfalfa Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Chamomile Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Dandelion Supplements & Products

  • Peppermint Oil (Mentha x piperita). A case report in the scientific literature suggests that applying peppermint oil to the painful area may help relieve symptoms of post-herpetic neuralgia, a potential complication of shingles.


  • Herbal Remedies: Peppermint Oil (Mentha Piperita), 100% Pure Essential Oil, NOW Foods, 4 fl. oz.

  • Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) has been used topically for herpes lesions.


  • Madonna Lily (Lilium Candidum), also known as Meadow Lily or White Lily, is a medicinal plant used traditionally in Northern Italy for shingles.


  • Astragalus, or Huang Qi, enhances the immune system and acts as an antibiotic.


  • Herbal Remedies: Astragalus Root Powder, 4 oz. Bulk

    Herbal Remedies: Astragalus Immunity Herbal Tea, 20 Tea Bags

    Herbal Remedies: Astragalus Extract, Standardized 0.5% Astragalosides, Nature's Way, 60 VCaps

    Herbal Remedies: Astragalus Root Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Astragalus Root, Nature's Way, 470 mg, 180 VCaps

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Astragalus Extract, Organic, 1 oz. or 4 oz. Size Choice

  • Bi Phaya Yaw (Clinacanthus Nutans), an herb used in traditional Thai Medicine, has been shown in clinical studies to shorten the time it takes to recover from shingles in some cases. It is applied in cream form. The trick is to find a resource to obtain this herb. Several references to the studies were mentioned, unfortunately I was unable to find a herbal resource to purchase this herb. Contact a TCM practitioner about obtaining this herb.


  • NCBI: Treatment of Herpes Zoster with Clinacanthus Nutans

  • Applying Black Walnut or Goldenseal extract to the affected area may help.


  • Herbal Remedies: Black Walnut Green Hull Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Black Walnut Green Hull Tincture, Extra Strength, New Action, 1 fl. oz.

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Goldenseal Extract, Wild Harvested, 1 oz. or 4 oz. Size Choice

  • Burdock root and Red Clover cleanse both the lymph nodes and the bloodstream. Burdock has been traditionally used for skin lesions.


  • Herbal Remedies: Burdock Supplements & Products

    Herbal Remedies: Red Clover Supplements & Products

  • Cat's Claw has immune-enhancing properties and acts against viral infection.


  • Herbal Remedies: Cat's Claw Bark Powder (Uncaria Tomentosa), 4 oz. Bulk

    Herbal Remedies: Cat's Claw Extract, Standardized, Nature's Way, 335 mg, 60 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Cat's Claw Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Cat's Claw Extract, Wildharvested, 1 oz. or 4 oz. Size Choice

  • Herpes treatment should include Cayenne (capsicum), Echinacea, Myrrh, Red Clover, and St. Johns Wort. Cayenne (Capsicum) contains a substance called capsaicin, which relieves pain and aids in healing. It also acts as a detoxifier. Cayenne is available in tablet and capsule form or can be mixed with a vegetable or tomato juice to make a "cayenne cocktail". I prefer mine warm with about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cayenne in a mug of V-8 juice.


  • Herbal Remedies: Cayenne Pepper, Nature's Way, 450 mg, 180 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Cayenne Pepper Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Cayenne Extract, Certified Organic, 1 oz. or 4 oz. Size Choice

    Herbal Remedies: Echinacea Purpurea, Nature's Way, 400 mg, 100 Caps

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Echinacea Extract, Certified Organic, 1 oz. or 4 oz. Size Choice

    Herbal Remedies: Myrrh Oil (20%) in Grape Seed Oil base, NOW Foods, 100% Natural, 1 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Myrrh Gum (Commiphora myrrha) Powder, 4 oz. Bulk

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Myrrh Gum Extract, Wild Harvested, 1 oz. or 4 oz. Size Choice

    Herbal Remedies: Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) Herb Powder, 4 oz. Bulk

    Herbal Remedies: Red Clover Blossom & Herb, Nature's Way, 500 mg, 100 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Red Clover Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Red Clover Extract, Wild Harvested, 1 oz. or 4 oz Size Choice

    Herbal Remedies: St. John's Wort, Nature's Way, 350 mg, 180 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: St. John's Wort Tincture, Alcohol Free, 1 fl. oz.

    Mountain Rose Herbs: St. John's Wort Extract, Wild Harvested, 1 oz. or 4 oz. Size Choice

  • Tea Tree Oil is a powerful natural antiseptic. During any type of herpes viral outbreak, dab it on the affected area several times a day, either full strength or, if that is too strong, diluted with distilled water or cold-pressed vegetable oil. Do not get tea tree oil close to the eye area.


  • Herbal Remedies: Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), 100% Pure Oil, 2 fl. oz.

  • Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic and reduces infection. It can be taken in capsule or tea form. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.


  • Herbal Remedies: Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis canadensis) Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis canadensis) Herb, Nature's Way, 400 mg, 180 Caps

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Goldenseal Extract, Wild Harvested, 1 oz. or 4 oz. Size Choice

  • Green Tea has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. The polyphenols it contains have been found to fight herpes viruses.


  • Herbal Remedies: Green Tea Products & Supplements

  • Licorice root inhibits both the growth and cell-damaging effects of herpes viruses. Licorice extract can be used topically to treat shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia. It appears to interfere with the growth of the virus. If you are using licorice, increase your potassium intake. Caution: Do not use this herb internally on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.


  • Herbal Remedies: Licorice Root, Certified, Nature's Way, 450 mg, 100 Caps

    Herbal Remedies: Licorice Root Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Herbal Remedies: Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Powder, 4 oz. Bulk

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Licorice Root Extract, 1 oz. or 4 oz. Size Choice

  • Larreastat is a trademarked herbal remedy derived from Chaparral that is said to have antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to treat herpes viral infections.




  • Milk Thistle protects the liver and promotes healthy liver function.


  • Herbal Remedies: Thisilyn Milk Thistle Extract, Vegetarian, Nature's Way, 175 mg, 100 VCaps

    Herbal Remedies: Milk Thistle Seed Powder (Silybum Marianum), 4 oz. Bulk

    Herbal Remedies: Milk Thistle Extract, Standardized, Nature's Way, 175 mg, 60 VCaps

  • A combination of Oat Straw, St. John's Wort, and Skullcap helps to reduce stress and itching. Mix equal amounts of these tinctures together, and take 1 teaspoon of this mixture 4 times daily.


  • Mountain Rose Herbs: Oats Single Herb Tincture, 1 oz or 4 oz Size

    Mountain Rose Herbs: St. John's Wort Tincture, 1 oz or 4 oz Size

    Herbal Remedies: St. John's Wort Tincture, Alcohol-Free, 1 fl. oz.

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Skullcap Extract, Certified Organic, 1 oz. or 4 oz. Size

    Herbal Remedies: Skullcap Tincture, 100% Organic, Herbal Remedies USA, 2 fl. oz.

  • Olive Leaf extract aids in fighting the virus and appears to help curb the growth of viral diseases such as the herpes viruses.


  • Herbal Remedies: Olive Leaf Herb, Nature's Way, 470 mg, 100 Caps

  • Red Marine Algae appears to help curb the growth of viral diseases such as any of the herpes viruses.




  • Rose Hips are high in vitamin C and are good for preventing infections on the skin.


  • Herbal Remedies: Rose Hips Products & Supplements

  • Spirulina contains phytonutrients that appear to boost the immune system.


  • Herbal Remedies: Spirulina Powder, 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 1 lb.

    Herbal Remedies: Spirulina (Blue Green Algae) Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

  • Valerian root calms the nervous system. Taken at bedtime, it acts as a sleep aid.


  • Herbal Remedies: Valerian Root Products & Supplements





    NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    Unless otherwise specified, the dosages recommended here are for adults. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between 6 and 12, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for children under the age of 6, use 1/4 the recommended amount.

    Nutrients
    Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments
    Essential
    L-Lysine 500 mg 3 times daily (1,500 mg daily), on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B-6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Important for healing and for fighting the virus that causes shingles. When the amount of lysine present exceeds the amount of arginine, the growth of the herpes viruses (all varieties) is inhibited. See Amino Acids for more information. Caution: Do not take this supplement for longer than 6 months at a time. Resume therapy again if you have further outbreaks. Caution: Do not take lysine for longer than 6 months at a time.
    L-Lysine, Pharmaceutical Grade, Stable Tartrate Form, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 100 Caps,
    L-Lysine, Highest Potency, Pharmaceutical Grade, NOW Foods, 1000 mg, 100 Tabs,
    L-Lysine HCl Powder, Vegetarian Formula, NOW Foods, 552 mg, 1 lb.
    Vitamin C
    With
    Bioflavonoids
    2,000 mg 4 times daily. Bioflavonoids: 30-60 mg daily in divided doses. Aids in fighting the virus and boosting the immune system. Needed to prevent sores and inhibit the growth of the virus. Use an esterified or buffered form. Bioflavonoids work with vitamin C.
    Vitamin C Liquid w/ Rose Hips & Bioflavonoids, Kosher, Natural Citrus Flavor, Dynamic Health, 1000 mg, 16 fl. oz.,
    Ester C With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 90 Tabs,
    Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps,
    The Right C, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 120 Tabs
    Very Important
    Beta 1,3-D-Glucan As directed on label. Useful for treating any bacterial, viral or fungal disease and infections. Stimulates the activity of macrophages, immune cells that surround and digest invading microorganisms and cellular debris.
    Nanohydrate With Silica Hydride, Alpha Lipoic Acid/ALA & Beta 1,3-D-Glucan, Nature's Rx, 90 Caps,
    Herp-Eeze
    (Olympian Labs)
    As directed on label. Possesses antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties for the treatment of herpes viruses.
    H-Balm
    (Forces of Nature)
    As directed on label. The H-Balm Herpes Treatment Products contain pure, all natural, certified organic ingredients proven to eliminate herpes outbreaks.
    L-Lysine Cream Apply topically as directed on label. Helps fight herpes virus and localized infection of the skin.
    NutriBiotic Skin Ointment, W/ Grapefruit Seed Extract & Lysine, 0.5 oz.
    Oxy C-2 Gel
    (American Biologics)
    Apply to affected areas as directed on label. A useful antiviral, antifungal, and bactericide.
    VIR-L-Lysine As directed on label. Contains L-Lysine, Bee Pollen, and pituitary and adrenal tissue, and has been found to help keep herpes in remission.
    VIR-L-Lysine, 90 Caps
    Vitamin B complex 100 mg of each major B vitamin and up, 3 times daily, with meals (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Important for healing and immune function. Needed for nerve health and to counteract deficiencies. Combats the herpes viruses and helps to keep it from spreading. Also works with lysine to prevent outbreaks. Use a hypoallergenic form, if available.
    Ultimate B (Vitamin B Complex), Nature's Secret, 60 Tabs,
    Vitamin B-100 Complex, w/ Coenzyme B-2, Nature's Way, 631 mg, 100 Caps
    Plus
    Vitamin B-12
    1,000 mcg twice daily. Decreases inflammation. B vitamins are needed for healthy skin. Use a lozenge or sublingual form.
    Instant Energy B-12, 2000 mcg/Packet, NOW Foods, 25 Packets/Box,
    Vitamin B-12, NOW Foods, 5 oz.,
    Vitamin B-12 Lipospray, NOW Foods, 2 oz., Vitamin B-12 (Cyanocobalamin), 2000 mcg, 100 Sublingual Lozenges
    Zinc
    (Lozenges Recommended)
    80 mg daily, in divided doses for 1 week, then reduce to 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Boosts and enhances immune function and healing and protects against infection. Use zinc gluconate lozenges.
    Colloidal Silver & Zinc Lozenges, Silva Solution, 90 Lozenges,
    Zinc Lozenges W/ Echinacea & Vitamin C, Nature's Way, 23 mg, 60 Lozenges,
    Cold Sore Cream, Homeopathic w/ Active Zinc, Novitra, 0.25 oz.,
    Zinc (Chelated), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 30 mg, 100 Caps
    Important
    Calcium
    And
    Magnesium
    1,500 mg daily.

    750 mg daily.
    To relieve stress and anxiety. For nerve function and healing. Use chelated forms.
    Just An Ounce, Calcium & Magnesium Liquid, Almond Flavor, 16 fl. oz.,
    Cal-Mag Pre-Chelated Calcium & Magnesium, Vital Earth, 240 Gelcaps
    Garlic
    (Kyolic Or Fresh)
    Kyolic: 3 capsules 3 times daily with meals.

    Fresh: 3-4 cloves with meals 3 times daily.
    An immune system stimulant and a natural antibiotic.
    Garlic Oil Tincture, Alcohol Free, Nature's Way, 1 fl. oz.,
    Garlic Bulb Cloves, Garlic Supplement, Nature's Way, 580 mg, 100 Caps,
    Odorless Garlic Supplement, NOW Foods, 50 mg, 250 Softgels,
    Garlic Supplement, Kwai, Triple Concentrated, 180 Tabs,
    Every Day Garlic Supplement, Kwai, 30 Tabs,
    Garlic Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.,
    Aged Garlic Extract, Cardiovascular Formula 100, Wakunaga Kyolic Supplements, 300 Caps,
    Kyolic Liquid Aged Garlic Extract, Cardiovascular, Vegetarian, Wakunaga Kyolic, 4 fl. oz.,
    Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract, One-A-Day, Vegetarian, 1000 mg, Wakunaga Kyolic, 30 Caps,
    Aged Garlic Extract, Cholesterol Formula 104, Wakunaga Kyolic, 200 Caps
    SAM-e (S-Adenosylmethionine) As directed on label. Aids in reducing pain and inflammation. Relieves stress and a natural antidepressant, helps depression. Produces antioxidant effects. Caution: Do not use if you have manic-depressive disorder or take prescription antidepressants. Do not give this supplement to a child under the age of 12.
    SAM-e, Enteric Coated, NOW Foods, 100 mg, 30 Tabs
    Vitamin A 50,000 IU daily for 2 weeks, then reduce to 25,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Important for healing and boosting the immune system. Prevents spreading of infection. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses.
    Vitamin A, 10,000 IU, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 SoftGels,
    Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella salina), Nature's Way, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels
    Natural Carotenoid Complex
    (Betatene)
    As directed on label. Free radical scavengers that stimulates immune response and aids in healing.
    Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella Salina), Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels,
    Multi-Carotene Antioxidant, Nature's Way, 60 Softgels
    Vitamin D-3 1,000 IU twice daily for 1 week, then reduce to 400 IU daily. Aids in tissue healing and is needed for calcium absorption.
    Vitamin D, NOW Foods, 1000 IU, 180 Softgels,
    Dry Vitamin D, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 400 IU, 100 Caps,
    Dry Vitamin D, NOW Foods, 2000 IU, 120 Softgels
    Vitamin E 200-800 IU daily. You can also open a capsule and apply the oil directly to the affected areas of the skin. Helps prevent formation of scar tissue. Also helps to alleviate pain from long-term cases of shingles. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.
    Vitamin E 1000, NOW Foods, 1000 IU, 100 Gels,
    Vitamin E, 400 IU, 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 100 Gels,
    Vitamin E Oil, NOW Foods, 100% Natural, 32,000 IU, 1 oz.,
    Vitamin E Skin Cream, NOW Foods, 28,000 IU, 4 oz.
    Helpful
    Acidophilus As directed on label. Provides "friendly: bacteria to the intestines and stimulates the immune function. Inhibits pathogenic organisms. Needed for the production of the B vitamins. Prevents overgrowth of harmful microorganisms in the intestines. Use a non-dairy formula.
    Acidophilus Supplement Powder, Non Dairy, 3 oz. Bulk,
    Acidophilus, 3 Billion, NOW Foods, 90 Tabs,
    Lactobacillus Acidophilus Supplement, Non Dairy, 100 Capsules,
    Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Kosher Liquid, All Natural, Vegetarian Medium, Lactose Free, Apple Strawberry Flavor, Dynamic Health, 16 fl. oz.,
    Acidophilus & Bifidus, 8 Billion, NOW Foods, 60 Caps
    Coenzyme Q-10 60 mg daily. Improves cellular oxygenation. A free radical scavenger that boosts immune function.
    CoQ10, Vegetarian Coenzyme, NOW Foods, 30 mg, 60 VCaps,
    CoQ10, Now Foods, 400 mg, 60 Softgels
    Coenzyme A As directed on label. Facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances. Can streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue, and increase energy. Works well with CoQ10.
    Pantethine (Coenzyme A Precursor), Highly Active Form of Vitamin B-5, 300 mg, NOW Foods, 60 Softgels,
    Colloidal Silver As directed on label. A natural antibiotic that has shown effectiveness in treating shingles. Can be taken internally or applied topically.
    Colloidal Silver Liquid, SilvaSolution, 10 ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Colloidal Silver Salve, SilvaSolution, 2 oz.,
    Colloidal Silver, Silva Pro 50 Spray, 2 fl. oz.,
    Colloidal Silver Liquid, Trace Minerals, 8 fl. oz.,
    Ionic Silver Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 100 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Colloidal Silver Pump Spray, SilvaSolution, 2 fl. oz.
    Essential Fatty Acids
    (Primrose Oil & Flaxseed Oil)
    As directed on label. Promotes healing of skin and nerve tissue.
    Evening Primrose Oil, NOW Foods, 100% Pure, 4 fl. oz.,
    Evening Primrose Oil, Cold Pressed, Nature's Way, 1300 mg, 120 Softgels,
    Barlean's Flax Oil, 100% Highest Lignan Content, Organic, Pesticide & Herbicide Free, 16 fl. oz.,
    Ultimate Oil, Essential Fatty Acids Supplement, Nature's Secret, 90 Softgels
    Grape Seed Extract As directed on label. A powerful antioxidant that protects skin cells and decreases the number of outbreaks of blisters.
    Grape Seed (Grapeseed) (Vitus vinifera), 100% Pure, NOW Foods, 16 fl. oz.
    Herpanacine As directed on label. Builds the immune system and fights infection. Proven effective in treating and stopping the outbreak of herpes viruses.
    Inflazyme Forte 4 Tablets 3 times daily, with meals. Has antioxidant properties and aids in proper breakdown of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
    Maitake
    Or
    Shiitake
    Or
    Reishi
    As directed on label.

    As directed on label.

    As directed on label.
    Mushrooms that have immune-boosting and anti-viral properties.
    Three Mushroom Tincture, Red Reishi, Shiitake & Maitake Mushroom Extract, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.,
    Red Reishi Mushroom Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.,
    Shiitake Mushroom Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.,
    Maitake Mushroom Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.,
    Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Complex As directed on label. All nutrients are needed for enhanced healing of all bodily tissues and all are necessary in balance. Take a hypoallergenic form.
    Damage Control Master Formula, High Potency Multi-Vitamin, 60 Packets (30 day supply),
    Alive! Whole Food Energizer, Multi-Vitamin & Mineral W/ Naturally Occurring Iron (No Iron Added), Nature's way, 180 Tabs,
    Alive! Whole Food Energizer, Rice & Pea Protein w/ Naturally Occurring Iron, Ultra-Shake Powder, Apple Cinnamon Flavor, Nature's Way, 2.2 lb.
    Proteolytic Enzymes
    Wobenzyme N
    3-6 Tablets 2-3 times daily, between meals. Destroys free radicals and aids in proper breakdown and absorption of foods. Also good for inflammation.
    MetabolicZyme (Hypoallergenic), Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 900 Tabs,


    INFORMATION ABOUT LYSINE & ARGININE


    With any disease or health condition an approach to improving diet and nutrition should be taken.

    An appropriate diet high in lysine and low in arginine and vitamin supplements may be beneficial for those suffering from viral diseases, in particular the herpes virus.

    Current research has shown that the amino acid, arginine, can aggravate herpes and bring on an outbreak.

    Some foods high in arginine include nuts, chocolate and caffeine.  If a food has a low lysine/arginine ratio and only a few milligrams of arginine in it, there is no reason to avoid it totally, unless it aggravates the situation further.

    If you do have frequent herpes outbreaks, try cutting back or eliminating these foods from your diet and see if it helps to relieve your symptoms.

    It has been found that the amino acid, Lysine, retards virus growth, so you should include in your diet foods high in Lysine and decrease the foods high in L-Arginine (an amino acid that supports the herpes virus).

    Remember, try to balance everything you eat, e.g., if you eat foods high in Arginine, balance them with L-Lysine foods or with Lysine / L-Lysine tablets (500 mg / day minimum). Lysine products are available from Herbal Remedies.com.

  • High in Lysine Dietary sources: (Eat more of these or in moderation)
    • Beef.
    • Brewer's Yeast
    • Cheese
    • Chicken
    • Dairy Products
    • Eggs
    • Fish
    • Meat
    • Milk
    • Potatoes
    • Soybeans
    • Yogurt

  • High in Arginine Dietary sources: (Eat less of these)
    • Brown Rice
    • Caffeine
    • Chocolate
    • Coconut
    • Nuts
    • Nut Products
    • Oatmeal
    • Raisins
    • Seeds
    • Whole Wheat Bread

    Click here for a detailed chart outlining L-Arginine and L-lysine ratios in foods.

  • L-Arginine is an amino acid that suppresses L-lysine.


  • Vitamin C foods should be increased in your regular dietary program, but citrus fruits and juices should be avoided while the virus is active.


  • Other Foods that should be avoided:
    • Processed Foods
    • Sugar
    • Coffee
    • Chocolate
    • Cola Drinks

    All the above foods and beverages put stress on the immune system and should be avoided during outbreaks.

  • Highly acidic foods such as:
    • Citrus Fruits
    • Tomatoes
    • Vinegar

  • Meat and dairy products are relatively high in arginine, and should be eaten in moderation or avoided during outbreaks:
    • Animal Products
    • Foods High In Sodium





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    SHINGLES PRODUCTS & INFORMATION

    Information, supplements and products for shingles, a viral infection (herpes varicella-zoster) of the nerve roots.

    Alfa Max, Alfalfa Extract, Nature's Way, 525 mg, 100 Caps
    Nature's Way Alfa-Max Alfalfa Extract capsules is a 10X extract of fresh green Alfalfa leaves.
    Astragalus Root Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    Astragalus root is used to stimulate the immune system and astragalus root improves adrenal gland function and digestion.
    Dandelion Root, Vegetarian Supplements, 540 mg, 180 VCaps
    Nature's Way Dandelion Root capsules are a convenient way to enjoy the diuretic, antiviral and digestive properties of dandelion herb. This supplement is acceptable for vegetarians.
    Echinacea Root Complex, Nature's Way, 180 Caps
    Echinacea Root Complex helps promote general well-being during the cold and flu season and support the Immune System.
    Garlicin HC, Healthy Circulation Formula With Odor Free Garlic Supplement, Nature's Way, 90 Enteric-Coated Tabs
    Garlicin HC garlic supplement supports cardiovascular health with the help of hawthorn, cayenne and vitamin E.
    Just An Ounce Calcium & Magnesium, Almond Flavor, 16 fl. oz.
    Just An Ounce, Calcium and Magnesium Liquid can help with the development of strong bones and teeth, also prevents muscle cramping, risk of colon cancer, maintain regular heart beat, protects against osteoporosis and helps relax the central nervous system.
    L-Lysine, Highest Potency, Pharmaceutical Grade, NOW Foods, 1000 mg, 100 Tabs
    Lysine is one of the most well known amino acids and is an essential component of all proteins.
    Nerves & Tension Tincture, 2 fl. oz.
    To soothe the nervous system, which may help reduce stress and benefit Hyperactivity/Hyperkinetic, Mental Fatigue, Migraine Headache, Muscular Problems (Aches, Pain, & Spasms) Nervous Disorders, Neuralgia, Palsy, Parkinson's Disease, Schizophrenia, Spasms, Stress, and Tension among other things.
    ShiKai Shower & Bath Gel, Fragrance-Free, 12 fl. oz.
    This formula contains pure colloidal oatmeal which soothes skin and leaves rough, chafed areas smooth and soft. And they smell good. Spread on skin in the shower or a luxurious bath.
    Shingles Soothe Wellness Oil, Nature's Inventory, 2 fl. oz.
    Shingles Soothe Wellness Oil eases the intense pain of the Shingles and helps to promote healing using unrefined grapeseed oil and an essential oil blend of eucalyptus, marjoram, ginger, tea tree, and lavender.
    Vitamin B-100, With Coenzyme B-2, Nature's Way, 631 mg, 100 Caps
    A complete Vitamin B complex of 8 essential vitamins. B Vitamins are precursors of coenzymes involved in the conversion of cellular energy, manufacture of hormones and proteins, and repair and maintenance of nerve structures.
    Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps
    Nature's Way Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems.
    Zinc Lozenges With Echinacea & Vitamin C, Nature's Way, 23 mg, 60 Lozenges
    Nature's Way Zinc lozenge boosts cold season defense with zinc, widely recognized as an important nutritional support during the cold season, and echinacea pupurea, clinically shown to support the immune system, and Vitamin C, a vitally important vitamin for general health maintenance.


    CHICKEN POX PRODUCTS & INFORMATION

    Information, supplements and products for chickenpox, a very contagious, yet common viral infection (varicella-zoster herpes) that results in an itchy rash characterized by red, pus-filled spots and blisters.

    Alive! Whole Food Energizer Multi-Vitamin & Mineral With Naturally Occurring Iron (No Iron Added), Nature's Way, 90 Tabs
    No other supplement contains more life-giving nutrients than Nature's Way Alive Multi-Vitamin. Alive Multi-Vitamin is better absorbed into your blood stream because its tablets disintegrate up to 5X faster than other leading brands.
    Bio Defender, Antibacterial, Antiviral & Antifungal Formula, Balanceuticals, 56 Caps
    This unique antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal formula is a clinical nutritionist response to bio terrorism such as anthrax.
    Colon & Liver Cleanser, Truman's CAC Tea, Loose Leaf, 1/2 lb.
    Use of this cleansing tea has many additional benefits: improves overall digestion; strengthens the immunity; helps to prevent cancer; makes the skin more emollient and flexible: clears the eyes; and provides an overall tonic effect on the body.
    Comfrey Leaf / Herb Skin Poultice, 2.5 oz.
    Comfrey leaf contains allantoin, which promotes the growth of connective tissue, bone, cartilage, and is easily absorbed through the skin.
    Natural Aspirin Alternative, White Willow Bark Extract, 390 mg, 60 Tabs
    Used to treat bursitis, tendonitis, headaches, osteoarthritis, dysmenorrhea, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, toothache, and menstrual cramps, White Willow is being used by more people as a safer, natural alternative to aspirin.
    Natural Astaxanthin Supplement, NOW Foods, 4 mg, 60 Softgels
    Natural Astaxanthin Supplement offers all of the benefits of astaxanthin in easy to take softgels.
    Natural Muscle Relaxant Tincture, 2 fl. oz.
    The Natural Muscle Relaxant Tincture was created to relax muscles with a mixture of the following herb: Kava Kava, Cramp Bark, Ginger Root, Cayenne, Lobelia, Valerian Root, Red Clover.
    Pain Formula Tincture, 2 fl. oz.
    Use the Pain Formula to alleviate pain naturally.
    Potassium Chelate, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 99 mg, 100 Caps
    Nature's Way Potassium Chelate is 100% natural for superior absorption. Potassium is a key nutrient in maintaining the electrolyte balance which regulates heart and muscle contraction.
    Shiitake & Maitake Extract, Standardized, 200 mg, 60 Caps
    Nature's Way Shiitake and Maitake extract is formulated in a base of Oat powder standardized to a total of 8% beta glucan, the polysaccharide to which most of the health benefits are attributed.
    Shingles Soothe Wellness Oil, Nature's Inventory, 2 fl. oz.
    Shingles Soothe Wellness Oil eases the intense pain of the Shingles and helps to promote healing using unrefined grapeseed oil and an essential oil blend of eucalyptus, marjoram, ginger, tea tree, and lavender.
    Vitamin A, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Softgels
    Nature's Way vitamin A is 100% natural from fish liver oil. It contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
    Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps
    Nature's Way Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems.
    Yarrow Tincture (Achillea Millefolium), 2 fl. oz.
    Yarrow is well-known for its use as a remedy for cold, flu and fever and also for its skin wound healing and antibiotic properties.
    Zinc Lozenges With Echinacea & Vitamin C, Nature's Way, 23 mg, 60 Lozenges
    Nature's Way Zinc lozenge boosts cold season defense with zinc, widely recognized as an important nutritional support during the cold season, and echinacea pupurea, clinically shown to support the immune system, and Vitamin C, a vitally important vitamin for general health maintenance.


    HERPES PRODUCTS & INFORMATION

    Information, supplements and products for Herpes, a disease caused by Herpes Simplex Virus, although there are seven types, the two most common are herpes simplex type I and type 2. HSV-1, also known as oral herpes, causes cold sores and skin eruptions around the mouth and inflammation of the eye cornea. HSV-2, known as genital herpes, is the most common sexually transmitted disease in America. Herpes Varicella-Zoster is the viral strain known to cause chickenpox and shingles.

    Acne & Skin Disorders Formula Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    This herbal remedy for acne and skin disorders contains herbs that are helpful for eczema and psoriasis as well.
    AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound), Vegetarian, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 60 VCaps
    NOW Foods AHCC is a rich source of polysaccharides such as beta glucan 1,3 and activated hemicellulose produced by enzymatic modification of organic medicinal mushrooms, including shiitake.
    Astragalus Root Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    Astragalus root is used to stimulate the immune system and astragalus root improves adrenal gland function and digestion.
    Bentonite Clay, Pascalite, 100 Caps
    Pascalite is a form of calcium bentonite containing at least twenty elements including iron, magnesium, and silicon, better than sodium bentonite. Uses as skin cleanser, conditioner, internally for heartburn, ulcers and for a natural mineral dietary supplement.
    Bio Defender, Antibacterial, Antiviral & Antifungal Formula, Balanceuticals, 56 Caps
    This unique antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal formula is a clinical nutritionist response to bio terrorism such as anthrax.
    Bird Flu Tincture, Alternative Health & Herbs, 2 fl. oz.
    Elderberry has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat influenza, colds and sinusitis, and has been reported to have antiviral activity against influenza and herpes simplex.
    Black Elderberry Extract, Premium Quality, Kosher, Dynamic Health, 8 fl. oz.
    Dynamic Health's Black Elderberry extract is of premium quality and kosher.
    Blood Cleanse Detoxification & Support for Healthy Blood, Banyan Botanicals, 90 Tabs
    Blood Cleanse is a blend of five powerful blood purifiers that remove toxins from the blood, lymphatics and liver, leading to vibrant, healthy skin. According to Ayurveda, most inflammatory skin conditions are a result of high pitta in the blood. Blood cleanse is formulated to remove this excess pitta, thus relieving skin irritations. It increases circulation and promotes healing as it clears out foreign tissues, obstructions and stagnant blood. Blood Cleanse also helps calm pitta emotions such as anger and aggression.
    Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm, 0.15 oz. Tube
    Burt's Bees world famous lip balm, with a new twist on the flavor. This one has a touch of honey.

    Burt's Bees Lip Balm, 0.15 oz. Tube
    Burt's Bees Lip Balm is the most popular and the best lip balm protection product, chocked full of pain relieving protective ingredients to help soothe cracked lips, chapped lips, or burning lips while adding needed Lip Moisturizers.
    Camu Camu Juice Blend, Dynamic Health, 32 oz.
    Dynamic Health Laboratories delicious Camu-Camu Juice blend is a delicious synergy of 6 different juice varieties. Camu Camu contains more vitamin C than any known plant and is a powerful antioxidant, can help to strengthen the immune system and can help alleviate the herpes virus.
    Cat's Claw Bark, Nature's Way, 485 mg, 100 Caps
    Cat's Claw Bark is a traditional tonic herb for well being, Cat's Claw was historically used by the indigenous people of South America to stimulate the immune system in a variety of serious ailments.
    Cat's Claw Extract, Standardized, Nature's Way, 335 mg, 60 Caps
    Nature's Way Cat's Claw extract, also known as Una de Gato is derived from the bark of plants wild-harvested in Peru and Brazil.
    Cold Sore Cream, Homeopathic with Active Zinc, Novitra, 0.25 oz.
    Boericke & Tafel Cold Sore Cream was scientifically researched and clinically studied to provide a safe treatment that speeds healing while reducing symptoms. The active zinc ingredient has been specially formulated in a soothing cream to enhance its rapid absorption and availability. Clinically Proven in a randomized double-blind, placebo controlled study, Novitra cream formulation shortened the duration of cold sores and reduces the severity of symptoms. Active Ingredient: Zincum Oxydatum 2X, HPUS. For the relief of tingling, blistering, itching, pain, associated with cold sores & fever blisters (reduces severity and duration).
    Cold Sore Remedy Tincture, Internal & External Use, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    This herbal cold sore formula can be used for the following: Canker Sores, Cold Sores, Herpes, Infection, Lesions, Mouth Problems and Shingles. Suggested Dosage or Use: Internally: Use 6-12 drops or more 6-12 times daily until symptoms are gone. Then use only 1-2 times daily. Externally: Dilute 6 drops of this formula into 6 drops of water, dip a cotton ball or swab, into the mixture and apply to the cold sore. Use as needed. May be used undiluted, test for sensitivity with diluted first. Ingredients: Bayberry; Myrrh; Echinacea; Goldenseal; Cayenne; R/O Water, 12% grain Alcohol.
    Cold Sore Wellness Oil, 2 fl. oz.
    A customer came to us and asked if we could make something for his cold sores. He has suffered from them for long before we knew him. We created this formula for him, and to our surprise (and his) it worked better then any prescription formula he had ever used. Now he keeps a bottle of this by his side of the bed, in his car, and at his desk at work! Directions: Shake before each use. Apply to skin at first sign of cold sore 2-3 times daily or as needed. For external use only, keep out of reach of children. Ingredients: Grapeseed oil and an essential oil blend of lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus.
    Colloidal Silver & Zinc Lozenges, SilvaSolution, 90 Lozenges
    Now you can get powerful liquid silver in the most convenient form ever with new SilvaSolution Silver and Zinc Lozenges.
    Colon & Liver Cleanser, Organic, 16 fl. oz.
    CAC liquid is a colon and liver cleanser and detoxifier as well as a blood cleanser that serves to regulate the bowel movements so that the stool is so soft it breaks up into a cloud.
    Colon & Liver Cleanser, Truman's CAC Tea, Loose Leaf, 1/2 lb.
    Use of this cleansing tea has many additional benefits: improves overall digestion; strengthens the immunity; helps to prevent cancer; makes the skin more emollient and flexible: clears the eyes; and provides an overall tonic effect on the body.
    Cough (Ticklish) Wellness Oil, 2 fl. oz.
    The founder of this oil was made for her mom on a whim. She had a nasty ticklish cough for several years and it was driving everyone nuts just listening to her!
    Echinacea With Goldenseal Root, Nature's Way, 450 mg, 100 Caps
    Echinacea with Goldenseal supports the immune system.
    Enzyme PhytoNutrient (EPN) Ionic Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 16 fl. oz.
    WaterOz Ionic EPN is a pure liquid enzyme supplement. EPN complex is a patent-pending enzyme phytonutrient from a plant source that provides enzyme and saccharides necessary for optimal cellular communication. No combination of vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbals can replace the necessary saccharides found in EPN.
    Garlicin HC, Healthy Circulation Formula With Odor Free Garlic Supplement, Nature's Way, 90 Enteric Coated Tabs
    Garlicin HC garlic supplement supports cardiovascular health with the help of hawthorn, cayenne and vitamin E.
    Herp-Ease Tincture, Herbal Remedies USA, 2 fl. oz.
    Herp-Ease is an anti-viral and nerve sedating tincture. It is an oral remedy that can be used for active eruptions and to avoid them.
    Honey (Pure Manuka Honey UMF 5+, New Zealand Manuka Honey), 16 oz.
    Pure New Zealand Manuka Honey direct from New Zealand. Made from the Manuka flower to produce a honey rich in natural taste and healing qualities that are only created from the Manuka.
    Hyssop Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    Traditionally, Hyssop was used as a natural cold and flu remedy. Hyssop is also great for lung congestion, fevers, digestion and blood pressure regulation.
    Immune System Formula Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    The Immune System Formula can be used for AIDS, Auto-immune Diseases and Cancer.
    Kidney / Bladder Formula Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    Use the Kidney Bladder Formula for Auto-immune Diseases, Bladder, Cancer, Cold Sores and deposits.
    Lemon Balm Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    Lemon Balm is a sedative that elevates the mood, an antidepressant.
    L-Arginine, Pharmaceutical Grade, Vegetarian, NOW Foods, 1000 mg, 120 Tabs
    L-Arginine is a conditionally essential basic amino acid involved primarily in urea metabolism and excretion as well as DNA synthesis.
    L-Arginine & Ornithine, NOW Foods, 500 mg/250 mg, 100 Caps
    L-arginine is an essential amino acid and L-ornithine may be used as an alternative since it metabolizes to L-arginine in the body.
    Lemon Balm Powder (Melissa Officinalis), 4 oz. Bulk
    Lemon Balm tea is recommended to relieve fever due to cold and flu, and to ease menstrual cramps, insomnia, headaches and nervousness.
    Licorice Root Powder (Glycyrrhiza Glabra), 4 oz. Bulk
    Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is famous for its delicious distinctive flavor, licorice is essential in innumerable candy, confection and beverage recipes and makes an estimable liqueur.
    L-Lysine, Highest Potency, Pharmaceutical Grade, NOW Foods, 1000 mg, 100 Tabs
    Lysine is one of the most well known amino acids and is an essential component of all proteins.
    L-Lysine, Pharmaceutical Grade, Stable Tartrate Form, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 100 Caps
    L-Lysine helps symptoms of herpes infection and cold sores and L-Lysine is an essential amino acid.
    Lymphatic Glands Formula Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    Helps the lymphatic glands cleanse the body of its wastes. May be used as a preventative and for acute conditions.
    Medicated Cold Sore Balm with Bee Propolis, Thayer's, 0.15 oz.
    Get cold sore relief with Medicated Cold Sore Balm with Bee Propolis from Thayer's. It soothes dry chapped sunburned lips, relieves pain and discomfort of cold sores and fever blisters. Active Ingredients: camphor (1.2%) and Peppermint Oil [Menthol source] (1.2%). Other Ingredients: Castor Oil, Beeswax, Wheat Germ Oil, Camauba Palm Wax, Lanolin, Propolis, and Vitamin E. Directions: Apply as needed to lips. Cautions: If irritation develops, discontinue use. Avoid eye contact.
    Melissa Leaves, Lemon Balm, Nature's Way, 490 mg, 100 Caps
    Lemon balm combined with other calming herbs, such as valerian, helps reduce anxiety and help with insomnia.
    MSM Lip Balm With Jojoba Oil (Methysulfonylmethane), SPF 15 Sun Protection, All Natural, 0.15 oz.
    MSM lip balm helps promote smooth moisturized lips all day long, helps heal chapped lips and offers SPF sun protection.
    Mullein Leaf Powder (Verbascum Thapsus), 4 oz. Bulk
    Mullein Leaf (Verbascum thapsus) is a good respiratory remedy. Also for toning the mucous membranes of the respiratory system, reducing inflammation whilst stimulating fluid production and thus facilitating expectoration. It is considered a specific in bronchitis where there is a hard cough with soreness.
    Multi-Vitamin Without Iron, Nature's Way, 100 Caps
    The vitamins and minerals in this Multi Vitamin without Iron play many important roles in the body: antioxidants to protect fats, cells and DNA, coenzyme precursors for energy production and metabolism, and cofactors for hormones and enzymes which regulate body processes.
    Myrrh Oil (20%) in Grape Seed Oil Base, 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 1 fl. oz.
    Natural Myrrh Oil from NOW Foods contains the essential oil Myrrh prediluted in a natural base of Grape Seed Oil.
    Natural Cures, Updated Edition "They" Don't Want You To Know About, By Kevin Trudeau
    Learn how the food industry is purposely putting secret chemical ingredients in the food that can cause you to become hungrier, become fat, and become physically addicted, and not listing them on the label.
    Nature's Antiseptic Tea Tree Oil & Grapefruit Seed Extract By CJ Puotinen, Paperback
    Nature's Warfare, this book covers tea tree oil and grapefruit see extract use in safely destroying viruses, bacteria, molds, yeasts and parasites that want to live in us and on us.
    Nerves Formula Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    The Nerves Formula was created to help calm and soothe the nerves. Can also help arteriosclerosis / atherosclerosis, arthritis, and auto-immune diseases.
    Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B-3), 100% Natural, Nature's way, 100 mg, 100 Caps
    Niacin or vitamin B-3, is necessary for normal breakdown of fats and fatty acids and the release of energy from carbohydrates. It is also an excellent vasodilator and may be useful in maintaining proper cholesterol levels.
    Nutribiotic Skin Ointment W/ Grapefruit Seed Extract & Lysine, 0.5 oz.
    NutriBiotic Skin Ointment with GSE can be used topically for such things as scrapes, scratches and cuts. NutriBiotic Skin Ointment with GSE can also be used on the lips and in the mouth on cold sores and canker sores.
    Oil of Oregano Essential Oil W/ Extra Virgin Olive Oil, NOW Foods, 100% Natural, 1 fl. oz.
    NOW Foods Oil of Oregano with Extra Virgin Olive Oil combines 100 percent pure Oregano Oil with Extra Virgin Olive oil to create a pre-diluted blend that is stronger than other leading brands.
    Oil of Oregano Essential Oil, NOW Foods, 100% Pure, 1 oz.
    This Oregano Essential Oil is derived from origanum vulgare, which is grown in the Mediterranean. Oregano Essential Oil contains a minimum of 55% carvacrol, one of the active components naturally occurring in Oregano.
    Ola-Loa Children's Multi-Vitamin Drink Mix, Cran-Raspberry, 30 Packets
    Better your kids health by introducing them to this Child Multi-Vitamin based upon the most up-to-date studies on nutrition and child development and is 100% all-natural.
    Oregano Essential Oil (Origanum Vulgare) With 50% Olive Oil, Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    Oregano essential Oil is used internally for joint pain, aching muscles, chronic cough, infections, asthma and bronchial congestion.
    Oregano Oil (Wild) Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    Oregano Oil Tincture is used internally for joint pain, aching muscles, chronic cough, infections, asthma and bronchial congestion. Topically as an anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-viral and antibacterial.
    Oregano Oil, NOW Foods, 181 mg, 90 Enteric Coated Softgels
    Oil of Oregano is known as a cure for, and it's ability to stop a cold sore/fever blister dead in it's tracks.
    Pascalite Bentonite Healing Powder, 16 oz.
    Pascalite is used in soap and toothpaste, applied as a poultice to insect bites, sunburns, infections, cold sores, canker sores and acne, and as a suppository for hemorrhoids. Users found it a potent skin cleanser and conditioner, drank it for heartburn and ulcers.
    Pau D'Arco Bark Powder (Tabebula Impetiginosa), 4 oz. Bulk
    Pau d'arco bark is a rich source of iron, which contributes to the elimination of wastes from the body and the assimilation of nutrients.
    Pau D'Arco Extract, Incan LaPacho, 100% Natural Herbal, 4 fl. oz.
    The Incan Lapacho Co. Pau d'Arco extract is made from the inner barks of Plantation Grown Purple Lapacho trees found on or near the ancient Inca Trail. Pau D'Arco Tea has shown that it may hold the secret for the successful treatment of various diseases, or support the body's own healing powers.
    Pau D'Arco Tea, Incan Purple Lapacho, 48 Tea Bags
    Pau D'Arco Tea has shown that it may support the bodies own ability to ward off many diseases.
    Samento Liquid Extract (Uncaria Tomentosa), 0.5% POA, 1 fl. oz.
    Samento Uncaria Tomentosa is a Cat's Claw herb that may be beneficial in supporting the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions. Immune disorders may be the cause for various conditions such as cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
    Samento (Uncaria Tomentosa), Extra Strength (100 Times More Effective Than Regular Cat's Claw!), 0.5% POA, 600 mg, 30 Caps
    Samento is beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions; these include but are not limited to cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
    Shingles Soothe Wellness Oil, Nature's Inventory, 2 fl. oz.
    Shingles Soothe Wellness Oil eases the intense pain of the Shingles and helps to promote healing using unrefined grapeseed oil and an essential oil blend of eucalyptus, marjoram, ginger, tea tree, and lavender.
    Spleen & Pancreas Formula Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
    Use the Spleen & Pancreas Formula to strengthen and nourish the spleen and pancreas naturally.
    Sss Sting Stope Insect Gel, Homeopathic Boericke & Tafel, 2.75 oz. Topical Gel
    Temporarily relief of itch, pain, and redness of non-poisonous insect bites and stings-mosquitos, bees and wasps. Soothes fever blisters and cold sores.
    Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic Solution (15% Water Soluble), 2 fl. oz.
    Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic Solution can be used for mixing with water for douching, athletes foot, facial problems and bathing.
    Travel or Home First Aid Kit
    The Travel or Home First Aid Kit has all the internal and topical products from Nutribiotic you'll need for your travel or home first aid needs.
    Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Tincture, 2 fl. oz.
    Uva Ursi, also known as Bearberry, has a specific affinity for the genito-urinary organs, especially for urinary tract infections, cystitis, nephritis, urethritis, pyelitis, hematuria (bloody urine), yeast infections, vulvitis.
    Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps
    Nature's Way Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems.


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    • The rash is widespread and painful.


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