Shingles can be painful and last a long time. Shingles are caused by a virus. Although you build up permanent immunity after having a good bout of chicken pox so that you won't get chicken pox 2 times, the virus can lay dormant in your body's spinal cord or nerve ganglia for years and can later pop out as a case of the Shingles.
For this reason it is wise to avoid exposure of chicken pox to the elderly or immune weak.
Varicella Zoster virus which causes chicken pox also causes shingles. Shingles is a very painful viral infection of the nerve endings. It usually starts out as shooting pain and after several days a rash appears along the line of the nerve. It can last anywhere from several weeks, to months, to years.
Most people get shingles in the torso. It is suggested that if shingles appear on the face to see an Ophthalmologist to prevent spreading to the eyes which can cause blindness.
L-Lysine, an amino acid (at least 500 mg 2x times a day), Vitamin C (2000 mg 2x a day), vitamin B complex (at liberal dosages) and VS-C (about 20 or more a day) have shown remarkable results. In one case the shingles disappeared in a few days.
Caspsaicin is unsurpassed for the pain.
Although the Varicella Zoster virus is around all year, it seems to thrive in the fall to winter time of the year. This is also the time when our immune systems are compromised by cold damp or snowy weather, less use of fresh vegetables and fruits and closer contact with others (especially school children).
The most important thing you can do to prevent ever getting shingles is to make the myelin sheathing (fatty coating on the nerves) healthier, because if it is healthy it is much less likely that the virus could get to the nerve in the first place.
Common things that weaken the myelin are coffee, tea, soda and stress. Therefore, I would stop the usage of any of them. I would whenever possible, eliminate as much stress as possible. Take time to reflect and time to unwind.
I would also add to my diet foods and herbs that help rebuild the myelin. Including fatty acids, such as flaxseed oil . I would take a nervine combination such as: Nerve Control (formally RE-X), Chinese Stress Relief (formally STR-C), Stress J (formally STR-J), etc.
It is also said that the RNA in Spirulina can help accelerate the building and healing of the nervous system.
A thin myelin sheathing can also lead to neurological conditions such as Parkinson's, OCD and MS. A healthy myelin also helps the body release serotonin, which helps improve mood and help you handle life.
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