The outbreak of shingles is very common all over the world. This skin infection is caused by virus varicella zoster. This virus is dormant in every person’s skin as each one of us has suffered from chicken pox during childhood, the time when the virus is first born.
Shingles manifests itself on the skin surface in the form of rashes which cause extreme pain. Instead of using drugs to treat the skin ailment, use natural cures for shingles pain.
These are natural enzymes released by the human pancreas to digest protein that reaches the stomach from daily diet. In order to ease pain caused by shingles, it is necessary to produce more proteolytic enzymes in the body. This can be done by the consumption of fruits like pineapple and ripe papaya.
Bromelain and papain found in pineapple and papaya respectively lead to the increase in the production of the natural enzymes that effectively reduces pain by drying the rashes. However, do not eat the fruits if you are under blood thinning medication like aspirin.
Take half a cup of apple cider vinegar and mix it in two and a half cups of water. Now wet a piece of cotton cloth in the solution and dab on the affected area, pressing gently so as to allow the solution to absorb into the skin.
This helps to dry rashes and release pain gradually. Remember to dilute apple cider vinegar well; else sores will get aggravated due to burning.
Take chilled water in a bowl and mix two tablespoons of baking soda in it. Completely soak a cotton cloth in the solution and use it as a cold compress against the affected area of skin. The anti inflammatory properties of baking soda help to heal the rashes.
Take the fresh gel of aloe vera plants and mix leek juice and honey in it. Prepare a thick paste and spread evenly on the affected areas.
While aloe vera provides relief from the itching caused by shingles, honey has antiseptic properties that prevent the spread of the virus. Use this pack twice a day for at least a month for best results.
Take the juice of olive leaves and rub it against the rashes caused by shingles. The antiviral juice dries out the rashes and lessens pain. But remember to first clean and dry the affected area for the olive leaf extract to work on your skin.
Geranium and peppermint oils have shown favorable results in curing shingles pain.
These oils have anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties that remove the shingles rashes.
Capsaicin present in chili pepper releases a neurochemical in the blood that has an analgesic effect, thus diminishing shingles pain.
This martial art should be practiced regularly to get rid of the pain caused by shingles. Doctors too prescribe the movement of limbs as seen in this form of Chinese exercise to aid proper movement of muscles after they have been cramped due to shingles pain.