Shingles is an aggressive, painful, blister-like rash that can occur in any part of the body but tends to travel along a band of skin associated with a particular branch of the nerve and only occurs on one side of the body.

A diagnosis of shingles is best made by a GP because other conditions may mimic shingles. Once a firm diagnosis has been made, then complementary medical treatment should be considered before the use of orthodox antiviral drugs. These drugs are creating the development of resistant strains. Any herpetic lesion that is internal or is associated with delicate organs such as the eyes should be monitored by a hospital doctor; these and are the exceptions to the use of orthodox antiviral drugs.

Shingles is caused by a herpes virus called Varicella zoster. The virus, typical of herpes viruses, settles in a nerve root and travels along the nerve and its branches causing pain and inflammation as well as blisters on the skin. The sensitivity is a guideline to the diagnosis because it is extremely painful initially.


See Herpes simplex.

Applications of ice wrapped in a silk material and then applied can be extremely relieving for a few moments.

Analgesic relief with regular drugs is acceptable in the acute phases due to the potentially intense pain.

The homeopathic remedies Rhus toxicodendron, Kali Muriaticum, Ranunculus and the specific nosode Variolinum can all be used at potency 30 or lower every hour for three doses and then every 2hr in an acute phase, reducing to four times a day once the initial attack is subsiding.

Applications of Calendula or Urtica urens creams can be applied regularly and are often soothing.

Coffee applied to active lesions may relieve pain and shorten the life of the rash.