(Health Secrets) Thinking about getting the shingles vaccine because the disease sounds so terrible? Every year, millions of people suffer from outbreaks of shingles, a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus (the same virus that causes chickenpox). Of course mainstream medical science says there are no cures for shingles and the disease must be managed with drugs. The truth is there are a number of natural remedies which can manage and relieve shingles, and possibly even eliminate the virus. Risking your health by getting the shingles vaccine is not necessary for most people.
After having chickenpox, the shingles virus, known medically as herpes zoster, becomes dormant in nerve tissue but can be reactivated years later in the form of shingles. Shingles are most common in adults between 60 and 80 years old and those with weakened immune systems.
Shingles spreads through the skin as a rash or blister similar to chicken-pox. It is associated with grueling pain, itching, burning sensation and sometimes numbness. Once the blisters burst open they can often be healed within a week or two, leaving behind light scars which will soon disappear.
While shingles may not be a deadly disease, it can be dangerous for the very old, people with weakened immune systems, such as those suffering from HIV, those getting mainstream cancer treatments and those who have organ transplants.
When shingles rash appears on the cheek or near the eyes, it is important to get prompt medical attention, as shingles in the eyes can cause temporary or permanent loss of vision.
Avoid a shingles outbreak
It is not too difficult to avoid a shingles outbreak if you take the following steps:
*Build and maintain a strong natural immune system.
*Get plenty of rest.
*Avoid and manage stress.
A good combination for getting rid of shingles is colloidal silver, proteolytic enzymes and olive leaf extract.
Colloidal silver is an extremely effective pathogen destroyer which can be taken internally as well as applied topically. Recent studies have found that: 1) Colloidal silver attaches itself to viruses and prevents them from replicating and 2) There are specific silver receptors on human nerve tissue – the location where the shingles virus hides out.
Proteolytic enzymes are produced naturally by the pancreas to help digest protein, and they are reported to be able to strip away the protective outer layers and heads of viruses. These enzymes are found in certain foods, such as papaya and pineapple, and are also available in supplement form.
In a German study, 96 people with shingles took proteolytic enzymes for 14 days and another 96 people with shingles took acyclovir, a standard antiviral drug medication. Both groups experienced similar pain relief and skin improvement. The group taking proteolytic enzymes had significantly fewer side effects.
Olive leaf extract is a very effective anti-viral that has been reported to conquer viruses that mainstream medicine considers impossible to eliminate, such as Hepatitis-C. One patient who had suffered from shingles for nine years reported experiencing complete relief within two days after beginning to use olive leaf extract.
Tips for relieving shingles symptoms
*Keep blisters dry and the affected area clean.
*Do not burst the blisters no matter how tempting.
*Apply wet, cool compresses to reduce pain
*Apply wet dressings to soothe the burning sensation.
*Avoid being in humid areas.
*Keep yourself cool.
More natural remedies for shingles
*The martial art Tai Chi- a great stress reliever
*Dab infected blisters with colloidal silver or hydrogen peroxide.
*Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of water and use a cotton cloth to moisten the affected areas.
*Mix aloe vera gel, raw honey and leek juice and apply to the rash.
*Sponge the blisters and rash with vitamin E oil, apple cider vinegar, goldenseal, mugwort and/or peppermint tea.
*Apply baking soda and water as a cold compress.
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Published with permission from Alignlife. Original article link is here.