I've recently seen a number of people with shingles and thought it would be helpful to blog about some of the remedies that can help you through this unpleasant virus.
As always, it's recommended that you see a licensed homeopath to help you chose the appropriate remedy and course of action.
This is the most common remedy used for shingles. it is especially useful at the beginning of the disease.
The skin will be hot, red and swollen.
There can be intense itching and blister like vesicles
Feels better with hot water and worse from cold applications
The burning and neuralgic pains are worse with rest as well as beginning to move. However, continued motion makes you feel better
The rash is usually on the torso, chest and in the space between ribs
There is often stitching pains in the chest and between the shoulder blades
Eruptions are often bluish in colour
There is burning and intense itching
Worse from touch, wet weather, motion, deep breathing and turning the body
Better from rest, warm applications and warm weather
Shooting pains with formation of hard scabs
Burning and itching red blisters
Burning is better with hot applications or a hot bath
There can be painful or burning neuralgia
Symptoms are worse after midnight, in open air and in cold
Generally speaking, people needing this remedy are chilly, anxious and restless.
Violent itching of eruptions and it burns like fire.
Very chilly and very sensitive to cold air
When dry scabs form they are very painful if torn off
Internal burning pains that are worse at night, worse from warmth and better from cold applications even though they’re very chilly.
Ideal when shingles in on the right side of the body
Vesicles will show black spots after scratching
Very itchy at night
Can become pustular on arms, abdomen, back, buttocks and left knee
Evening is the worst time for itching
Eruptions are moist, burn when touched, surrounded by dry scales and easily bleed
Warmth makes the itching increase.
Perspiration increases itching and they sweat easily.
The perspiration has an oily quality to it and can stain clothing yellow.
There is violent itching and burning that’s worse from scratching and washing.
Warmth aggravates the itching and burning
This remedy is usually used when the shingles are in the later stages. The vesicles will have taken on a crusty quality, especially if there is a sticky exudation, often the colour of honey.
Shingles that are excessively painful. There may be intense itching, but it is the excess pain along the nerve, often tingling and burning, that is the main indication.
The burning is extreme and associated with a feeling of rawness. The burning is worse with touch and better with cold applications.
There are many other remedies that could prove useful with shingles but these are the main ones. As always, for best results, you should contact your licensed homeopath to help you choose the most appropriate remedy.