Shingles

Here are the pertinent issues:
1.  What foods to Eat (antioxidant, high lysine foods)?
2.  What food to NOT eat (high arginine, low lysine, immune suppressors)?
3.  Which dietary herbs & supplements will decrease herpes/Shingles virus?
4.  Which dietary herbs & supplements will improve digestion?
5.  Which dietary herbs and supplements will improve immune function?
6.  What topical solutions will help heal the sores?
7.  What lifestyle behaviors will ameliorate the healing process?
 
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1.  What foods to Eat?
Eat alkaline (not acidic) foods.
HIGH LYSINE FOODS:  most vegetables and fruits, particularly sprouts, beets, avocados, mangoes, apples, pears, apricots, papaya.    Eggs, Nutritional Yeast (also high in B vitamins), Sardines, Cod, Chicken
FOODS GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN:
Vitamin C Foods:  Citrus, fruits, leafy greens (bok choy, spinach), cruciferous (broccoli, brussels, cauliflower), red bell peppers, strawberries, parsley.
Bioflavonoid Foods:  Citrus (lemon, lime, oranges, grapefruit, clementines), grapes,cruciferous, leafy greens, black tea (earl grey has C & bergamot)
Zinc:  Pumpkin seeds, beans, legumes, seafood
B Vitamins:  Nutritional yeast, bananas, leafy greens, mushrooms, eggs
High antioxidants: Berries, apricots, kale, spinach, cruciferous, beets, lemon, ginger, grapes, garlic, green tea, carrots, shitake mushrooms
 
2.  What food to NOT eat?
Chocolate, Nuts (especially peanuts), caffeine, protein shakes (often contain arginine), oats, brown rice, lentils
Artificial sweeteners (Sweet n Low, Equal, Splenda, sorbitol), white bread, sweets, refined sugars, margarine, fast food, processed crackers & snack foods, frozen dinners 
 
3.  Which dietary herbs & supplements will decrease herpes/Shingles virus?
Lysine 500mg (2 x daily), Phenylalanine (reduces pain 1000mg 3 x daily), 
Lemon balm - a.k.a. Melissa is in the mint family. It's key to disarming the virus & preventing it from recurring.  It's a strong anti-viral, reduces stress, soothes nerve pain, calms muscle spasm, fights secondary bacterial infections when applied topically.  A compound in Lemon Balm called Eugenol combats herpes by relaxing the sore, stressful, painful muscles and nerves affected by herpes outbreaks.  Buy some to take as internal supplement, you may also find Lemon Balm in tincture form to apply directly to sores.  If not, you can buy dried lemon balm in health food bulk and make a tea to use topically with a cloth.
Olive Leaf Extract is a powerful anti-viral
 
4.  Which dietary herbs & supplements will improve digestion?
Proteolytic enzymes, Probiotics
 
5.  Which dietary herbs and supplements will improve immune function?
Vitamin C 4,000 mg
Vitamin E 400-800mg
Zinc 90 mg
CoEnzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant, immune booster (200mg)
Rosehips and Red Clover are available as tincture and/or tea - both are high in vitamin C
Alternatively you can buy a Pro-Immune compilation supplement. There are some very good ones with asian mushroom complex.
 
6.  What topical solutions will help heal the sores topically? 
Aloe vera & honey (honey has fantastic antibacterial properties and has been used for centuries to heal many kinds of skin lesions)
Oatmeal (stocking w oatmeal for soaking in the bath OR whizz up some dry oatmeal in blender and add water to make a paste to dress sores directly)
Capsaicin cream (for after the open lesions have healed.  Capsaicin will dull the pain sensors at the skin surface)
Apple Cider vinegar (dilute 2;1 with water and apply topically to speed healing and reduce infection)
Baking soda paste (baking soda and water)
 
7.  What lifestyle behaviors will ameliorate the healing process?
Rest, sleep, decrease stress.  Resist scratching.  Compression and stimulation of skin, muscle, nerves, fascia with Therapy Balls will help soothe tension in nerve/muscle and increase circulation and lymphatic flow, speeding healing.
 

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