Shingles or herpes zoster is a skin condition that results in formation of painful blisters on the skin especially on the chest and the back region. The skin disorder is treated with use of powerful drugs that can harm the body in the long run.
To treat shingles and the associated symptoms such as pain and inflammation of the skin, it is best to use tried and tested herbal remedies.
Herbal Remedies for Shingles
Oatstraw is popular sold in herbal stores in the form of a tonic and is specifically meant for treating stress and anxiety of the nervous system. It is very important to control stress, anxiety and depression during an attack of shingles or the condition can become severe.
The herbal tonic can also be used as a preventive measure against shingles.
Passion flower is also available in tonic form in many herbal and drug stores and is recommended during the treatment of painful inflammation of the nerves. Consumption of the herbal tonic is known to reduce the inflammation of the nerves and is also good for bringing down stress levels.
The herb contains flavonoids that are known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Check with an herbalist for the recommended dosage.
Many people know witch hazel as a major ingredient in astringents and skin toners. The herb has antiseptic as well as anti-inflammatory properties that are very useful in the treatment of shingles. Prepare a herbal concoction by boiling 500 grams of the herbal leaves in two litres of water. Boil for 30 minutes over low flame and then allow the leaves to steep in the hot water for another 30 minutes.
Strain and pour the resulting water in a spray bottle. Refrigerate the bottle and spray it over the affected areas 4-5 times every day. This will bring down inflammation, reduce pain and cause the blisters to heal quicker.
Jamaican dogwood is an excellent herb that is well known for being a powerful nerve sedative as well as an anodyne or pain reliever.The herb is used in creams and gels to reduce the pain of nerve endings that are under attack from viral infection.
However, the herb is very powerful and should be taken only under supervision since it can cause respiratory paralysis as well. Jamaican dogwood is definitely not recommended for pregnant women and children under 16 years.
Lemon balm has been used since ancient times to ward off viral infections and to relieve nerve inflammation especially that caused by shingles. The herb is known for its anti-microbial properties and is recommended for treating many forms of herpes virus. The herb is very safe and can be used either externally or internally.
Cayenne pepper is a rich source of compound called capsaicin that is known to aid weight loss due to its hot properties. However, it is the same compound that is also used in creams and gels prepared for reducing muscular and nerve pains.
Applications of creams containing capsaicin are known to bring down nerve inflammation as well as help with faster healing of the blisters. Apply the cream 4-5 times during the day to reduce itching as well.