When it comes to treating shingles, conventional medicine typically turns to prescription medications. Although antiviral medications may help, they have a host of adverse side effects. Furthermore, after the initial outbreak, a significant number of patients develop chronic pain that is notoriously hard to treat. Fortunately, many of my patients and subscribers to my newsletter, Health & Healing, have had excellent success treating shingles with safe alternatives to these drugs. Read what a handful of these folks have to say about treating shingles naturally.
Treating Shingles With IV Vitamin C
“I have been interested in nutrition and alternative health for 40 years and stay very fit and healthy without drugs or vaccines. So I was shocked when I came down with a severe case of shingles. I followed traditional medical treatment, but still was having severe pain at night when I received my Health & Healing issue recommending high-dose IV vitamin C for shingles. I was able to find a local doctor so I signed up for four IVs. After the first treatment, I never had any more pain. It truly was a miracle for me. I had the other three IVs but was definitely cured the first time. Thank you, Dr. Whitaker! Alternative medicine and healthy eating really work.” — Diane, Peachtree City, GA
IV vitamin C is my number-one recommendation for the natural treatment of shingles. Very high doses of this vitamin—which can only be administered intravenously—exhibit powerful antiviral properties, making it ideal for attacking the Herpes zoster virus and treating shingles naturally. To locate a physician near you that may offer this therapy, visit acam.org. To make an appointment at Whitaker Wellness, call (866) 944-8253.
L-Lysine for the Natural Treatment of Shingles
“I thought I had shingles so I went to my doctor who confirmed it. He wanted to write me a prescription, but I asked if I could use L-lysine instead. He said, ‘Yes, but it hasn’t been proven.’ All I could think was, ‘Well, this lady is going to prove it!’ I bought a bottle and started taking it. A few days later, I asked my chiropractor about it. He thought I was on the right track but suggested I increase my dose and add a few other vitamins and minerals. The shingles never broke the surface and I’ve never been bothered again!” — Esther D., Blackduck, MN
As Esther’s testimonial illustrates, it’s possible to achieve the same—or better—results with natural therapies. L-lysine is an amino acid that’s great for treating shingles, cold sores, and herpes outbreaks because it inhibits the growth of the Herpes zoster virus. The suggested dose is 1,000–1,500 mg three times per day. Take at the very first sign of symptoms. For prevention, I recommend 1,000 mg of L-lysine a day.
Treating Shingles Naturally With Olive Leaf
“Anyone who’s had shingles, or has family or friends who’ve had episodes, knows what a painful and destructive illness it is. I had an attack of shingles a few summers back. The pain was excruciating and I could not find anything to alleviate it. My doctor suggested that I take the maximum dose of Tylenol, which helped very little. A friend suggested I try olive leaf products by a company called Olivus. I purchased the capsules and began taking them immediately. The pain diminished within two days. I also like their loose tea. I drink five glasses every day and have none of the shingles symptoms anymore. These products have affected my life in a very significant manner, and I make sure to tell anyone who will listen to keep them in mind in case shingles rears its ugly head.” — Verna B., Calgary, Canada
In addition to their antiviral effects, olive leaves contain oleuropein, a substance that boosts immune function. Therefore, it’s not surprising that olive leaf extract would be helpful for treating shingles naturally. For more information on the Olivus products Verna used, visit olivus.com.
So there you have it: three non-drug therapies for treating shingles naturally. If you have natural solutions of your own for treating shingles, I’d love to hear about them. Just email them to me firstname.lastname@example.org.