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Treatment for Shingles

(Zona FR) - varicella zoster virus (VZV) treatments

Shingles is a painful skin rash. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus. It is also called herpes zoster.

Shingles usually appears in a band, a strip, or a small area on one side of the face or body. The rash usually heals within two to four weeks although some people develop nerve pain that last much longer. It is common for Shingles to reoccur. This is a Pitta Roga problem cause by a viral pathogen. These herbs work to reduce inflammation and to support the immune system that will fight off the viral infection.

For an external treatment use Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) directly on the skin. Make a strong infusion (4 g per 260 ml or 1 cup of water) and apply directly on the skin or sores as needed during the day, usually five to ten times a day is needed. Aloe vera gel can also be used externally to sooth Shingles.

Internally herbs that have anti-viral actions and that control both Pitta and Vata are needed. Take equal amounts of:
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia)

Dose should range from 500mg of each up to 1g of each X2 or X3 per day depending on Prakriti and Vikriti indications.

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