Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia Along with Scolioisis

Posted by G on 08/29/2007

Dear Ted, My PHN pain is so severe, and there seems to be no help at all from the olive leaf Phyto Caps which I have taken now for about two weeks. What kind of relief comes first? I have not had any relief from pain all these two years, and realise that maybe it is because of the length of time I have had shingles/PHN, and the fact that in the beginning I had to decrease the dosage of acyclovir due to dizzyness.

There is not one cream, oil, ointment or salve that does not cause extreme pain when applied, and no relief after application.

I will continue with the oilive leaf extract Phyto Caps, but like the other information I have researched, they all clam to help or money back, but none help relieve pain, and none seem to fight the virus other than tea tree oil- this is painful when applied to eyebrow area. (When not ill, tea tree oil never caused me pain, but does now..)

My Ph has been 7.4 except for several days when I did not drink the green drink (barley sprout juice powder) twice a day; also I used sour cream with fish, which may have contributed to acidity.

If you had shingles for two years, what would you take for it? Systems are differant, but few ads mention this, and I do not see how I can endure this for more and more years! I still take the boron (in water and supplement three times a day, plus other supplements), and will have to take my strong pain reliever soon, which drug I would rather not take at all- a form of vicodin- morphine.)

Thank you for being there not only for myself, but for the many you help! Earth Clinic and you deserve an Award!

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

My approach to dealing with postherpetic neuralgia is rather straightforward. I don't really directly kill them, but I used supplements that deals with deficiency which also kills the herpes zoster virus, which in turn kills them, such as the use of zinc gluconate 50 mg x 3 times a day for a couple of days. Tea tree oil after long term use will be painful. Lavender oil makes more sense.

The use of sour cream with fish will no doubt cause the body to extreme acidity which will support the shingles growth and increase the pain. I would much prefer to use magnesium citrate 250 mg for 5 days out of a week and zinc gluconate (at least more frequently), plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day in 1/2 glass of water twice a day, as a more effective way in dealing with the shingles problem. The lime juice 2 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day can also have the same alkalizing effect which I believe may be more effective.

Killing the viruses outright will cause them to come back again and again if the body is already deficient in zinc, magnesium and the body is lacking in sufficient acidity. The cause of why the viruses grow in the first place is that our body's fluids is currently is providing a fertile grounds for such shingles to grow in the first place. Antioxidants such as vitamin E and vitamin C sodium ascorbate 1000 mg x 3 per day (or rosehips are most helpful). If for a topical solution I would consider lavender oil, and alternate with 5% or 10% magnesium chloride plus 1-2% zinc chloride solution, if at all possible. One other possibility on the topical application that I found useful and easy to find is the use of Milk of Magnesia plus some zinc oxide (if you can find it) applied ot the skin area where shingles are to be found can also be one other alternative to using tea tree oil. All I can say is I think a 5% magnesium chloride and perhaps a milk of magnesia is rather soothing whenever I have that problem, although I don't use them exclusively, zinc oxide is also synergist if you can manage to get them. Ted