lower back painShingles can be a painful condition.  Below are some natural treatment for shingles pain to help bring you fast, effective relief.

 

What Are Shingles?

  • Shingles is a condition that affects your skin and is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus.
  • This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in your nerve tissue and can be reactivated years later as shingles.
  • The pain associated with shingles is the result of the blisters and rashes that cover your skin. Adults between the ages of 60 and 80, as well as those with weakened immune systems are more likely to get shingles.
  • Shingles pain can sometimes remain for years after the initial outbreak.
  • If you think you have shingles, you should get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible. Early treatment is vital to prevent complications.
  • In addition to the treatment prescribed by your doctor, you can also use natural treatments to help alleviate the pain.

 

6 Natural Treatment for Shingles Pain

1. Bathing

Taking a cool bath can help relieve the pain and itchiness associated with shingles.

 

2. Cold Compress

Applying a cool, moist compress several times a day can help relieve symptoms.

  • Soak a cloth in cool water, wring it out, and apply it to the rash and blisters.
  • Do not apply an ice pack to the rash and blisters. The coldness can increase your skin’s sensitivity and make the pain worse.

 

3. Essential Oils

Using essential oils topically can help to provide pain relief and also aid the healing process of your skin.

Bergamot  has antiviral and antiseptic properties.  It works well when combined with tea tree oil and lavender for relief of shingles pain. Always follow directions carefully.

German chamomile  may also help provide relief.

 

4. Baking Soda

Create a paste using baking soda and water to relieve the pain and itching.

  • Put two parts baking soda into a cup and add one part water to make the paste.
  • Apply the mixture to your rash. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off.
  • Repeat several times throughout the day.

 

5. Capsaicin Cream

Capsaicin is the active ingredient in chili peppers. Capsaicin cream is also called capsicum cream.

  • When applied to the skin, it has been found to have an analgesic effect. It works by depleting substance P which is a neurochemical that transmits pain.
  • Capsaicin cream is usually applied two to four times a day. Always read the leaflet and follow instructions.
  • Be careful not to touch the eye area, or any areas of broken or blistered skin.
  • Consult your doctor before use.

 

6. Diet

Eating a healthy diet that is vitamin-rich helps to alleviate the symptoms of shingles. If you have shingles, your diet should include foods containing vitamins A, B12, C, and E).

Foods that promote healing include:

  • Orange and yellow fruits such as mangoes, fresh peaches, lemons and oranges.
  • leafy green vegetables
  • red meat
  • eggs
  • chicken
  • dairy
  • whole grains and brown rice
  • beans
  • tomatoes
  • spinach
  • This has antiseptic properties.

Avoid the following:

  • Food and juices that have a high sugar content.
  • Arginine-rich foods (such as chocolate, gelatin, and nuts). Foods containing high levels of arginine can cause the shingles virus to reproduce.
  • refined carbohydrates
  • foods high in saturated fat

If you have shingles, always contact your doctor.  In addition to any medication prescribed, you can also include the above natural treatment for shingles to help ease your symptoms.