An infectious disease, Shingles or more common name Herpes Zoster afflicts the nervous tissues and the skin. Reactivation of the Chicken Pox virus often causes the nerve pain and fluid-filled blisters in this disease. Skin blisters are generally healed within 2-3 weeks but the nerve pain takes months to years to go away completely.
The best therapeutic aid to treat Shingles Pain is using Herbs that help in alleviating the symptoms.
7 Natural Cure For Shingles Pain
Cayenne Pepper Or Red Pepper
A widely accepted and proven Herb in reducing the lingering pain caused by Shingles is Red pepper that contains a chemical called capsaicin. This chemical generates heat and blocks the pain signals.
The easiest way to use this Herb is to mix powdered Red pepper into any moisturizer or plain lotion and gently dab it on the affected area. Do not put it on the blisters and sensitive areas as it is meant to relieve the pain only, and not the blisters.
Licorice or Glycyrrhiza glabra is another natural herb which relieves pain and inflammation caused by Shingles. It contains flavonoids, volatile oils, asparagines and many other useful compounds that help in treating Herpes Zoster.
Its antibacterial and antispasmodic properties alleviate the Shingles pain. The root extracts are easily available and can be used as tea decoction or gels or ointment containing Licorice can be applied locally for 3-4 times.
Purple cone flower or Echinacea is a well known medicinal herb to boost immune system and fight against bacteria and virus.
This herb contains useful polysaccharides and other constituents which work on reducing the pains of nerves. Dried Echinacea powder can be dusted on blisters, whereas its tea or tincture form can be consumed 2-3 times daily to relieve the pain.
Commonly known as St. John’s Wort, Hypericum Perforatum is a sedative and pain reliever medicinal herb that contains some compounds who work for brain chemicals. It repairs and restores nerves tissues. It controls pain when taken internally and relieves pain if applied locally as a tincture or lotion.
Passionflower or Passiflora incarnata is a native herb to South and North America. It possesses tranquillizing effects and works as pain reliever as well.
Post Shingles pain or neuralgia is often treated by this Herb. Dried form of Passiflora is recommended to be taken daily to subside the pain.
Melissa officinalis or Lemon Balm is a member of mint family and supposed to contain phyto-elements to fight against Herpes Zoster. Tea made out of the Lemon Balm is very useful to cure the disease as well as the pain associated with Shingles. It can be applied topically too for the immediate soothing relief from heat and pain of the blisters.
A very effective antiviral and anti-inflammatory herb, Baikal skullcap or Scutellaria baicalensis is used topically to the blisters. The root of this plant are crushed and mixed with water to form a paste to be used 3-4 times daily on the affected area.
These useful Herbs are excellent for post-herpetic neuralgia or the excruciating Shingles Pain and relieve the same by working on nerves, its source. Some more alternative treatments such as acupuncture, aromatherapy and meditation are always recommended to relieve the pain faster.