Recently, I saw a patient with a case of shingles. In addition to suffering from the rash, he was feeling very misunderstood. â€˜â€˜No one in the family has heard of shingles,â€™ he said, â€˜so they donâ€™t believe how much it hurts. They think Iâ€™m exaggerating.â€™
What most people (those whoâ€™ve even heard of shingles) donâ€™t realise that it is caused by inflammation of the nerves that are just beneath the skin surface. Imagine the worst case of pins and needles youâ€™ve ever had. Thatâ€™s how inflamed nerves can feel, except you canâ€™t stop the pain by moving.
Shingles can arise in a person whose immune system has been weakened due to severe or prolonged illness, immune suppressing medications of extreme stress. It must be treated.
Natural treatments include:
â€¢ Cold compresses on the affected skin.
â€¢ Lysine cream or hypericum oil applied to the skin (find them in health food stores)
â€¢ Vitamin E oil squeezed directly from vit E capsules on the skin
â€¢ Calamine lotion applied directly to the lesions
â€¢ Vitamin C (2-3 gm taken in 1 gm doses)
â€¢ Vitamin E (600 I.U. daily)
â€¢ Lysine (500-1000 gm three times daily)
â€¢ Vitamin B12 injections have been known to relieve lingering pain after treatment.
A study reported in the Journal of the Americal Medical Association (JAMA 253:1) showed that 85% of patients receiving intramuscular injections of adenosine monophosphate (AMP) were free of pain within three weeks.
â€œNo recurrence of pain or lesions was experienced from three to 18 months after the end of treatment. Adenosine monophosphate, a natural cellular metabolite, showed no side effects or toxicity during and after the treatment.â€
I post this material for information purposes only. Consult your doctor before taking supplements or seeking treatment with AMP, especially if you are on medications or have other health issues.