Spotlight on Shingles

Recently, I saw a patient with a case of shingles. In addition to suffering from the rash, he was feeling very misunderstood. ‘‘No one in the family has heard of shingles,’ he said, ‘so they don’t believe how much it hurts. They think I’m exaggerating.’

What most people (those who’ve even heard of shingles) don’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 you’ve ever had. That’s how inflamed nerves can feel, except you can’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:
• Cold compresses on the affected skin.
• Lysine cream or hypericum oil applied to the skin (find them in health food stores)
• Vitamin E oil squeezed directly from vit E capsules on the skin
• Calamine lotion applied directly to the lesions
• Vitamin C (2-3 gm taken in 1 gm doses)
• Vitamin E (600 I.U. daily)
• Lysine (500-1000 gm three times daily)
• 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.

“No 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.”

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.

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