Caused by the same virus as chicken smallpox, shingles of Herpes Zoster is one of the most unpleasant and painful health conditions one can experience. Manifested as a skin eruption on a specific body part, shingles is said to develop along nervous ramifications; besides the anti-viral treatment, doctors usually prescribe some form of opiate drugs too in order to help the patients cope with the pain. The great danger lies in opening a vicious circle since most opiate drugs give narcotic dependency. Alternative medicine has come up with other solutions for the pain management associated with shingles. The best suggestion here is the use of bee venom therapy, called by some people “apitherapy”.
The main active principle found in bee venom is melittin, a substance with high anti-inflammatory effects. Furthermore, bee venom contains a complex mixture of proteins and peptides with neurotoxic and immunogenic properties. Thus, shots taken in specific places close to the body area affected by Herpes Zoster will trigger a positive response at the level of the local defenses by means of acupuncture too. To a considerable extent, this form of therapy combines the advantages of pressure points with the chemical properties of the bee venom compounds. Pain alleviation is almost immediate, and a rapid improvement of the health condition has been noticed in most cases. However, before using this procedure, run some tests to be sure you’re not allergic to bee venom.
There are also a number of herbs with a proved impact on viruses from the herpetic branch: peppermint, sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme and hyssop are only some of them. You can prepare a combined highly concentrated infusion of these herbs, let it cool and then wash the body areas affected by shingles. All the above mentioned herbs have great antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral compounds that work wonders on herpetic rashes. You may also use red pepper to fight Herpes Zoster thanks to its basic compound known as capsaicin. This substance actually represents the active ingredient of many herpetic balms and ointments available on the market such as Zostrix.
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Source by Ben W Taylor