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Postherpetic Neuralgia!

Postherpetic neuralgia is the most common after-effect, following an outbreak of herpes zoster (shingles). Shingles affects one million people annually, in the U.S.A. alone, but a large percentage of these people already have weak immune systems, from illnesses such as HIV and auto-immune illnesses, and from poor health and over-medication.
Postherpetic neuralgia is found mostly in people over 70, and no, it has nothing to do with having sex when you are of the older generation, as some myths might persuade you. Only about 50% of people who have had shingles, develop postherpetic neuralgia.

Connecting shingles to postherpetic neuralgia

After the shingles rash has ended, the nerve endings that had been irritated during the rash episode, remain irritated or painful. This is known as postherpetic neuralgia.

The sensation can be tender/burning/stabbing/throbbing/shooting. The condition can last for a short time, or up to six months.

In the U.S.A. many cases of neuropathic pain (nerve pain) are caused by lower backache and diabetes, but postherpetic neuralgia is the third most common form of nerve pain.

Medication for postherpetic neuralgia

Usually opioids, anti-convulsives, or psychotherapeutic drugs are prescribed. Data suggests that these provide incomplete relief. This is most likely due to the fact that these kinds of drugs can cause liver and kidney damage, or at the very least, weaken the immune system – the very system that needs to be fighting the postherpetic neuralgia!

 It makes more sense to use remedies that will strengthen your immune system, so that any residual virus or nerve damage, can be successfully fought against.

Alternative remedies for postherpetic neuralgia include a blend of:

Chinese herbs/essential oils/healing spice extracts/adaptogen supplements/vitamins and minerals/homeopathic ingredients/ayurvedic natural medicine.

For example, Zostrix or Capzasin-P cream, contain natural capsican/capsaicin, which inhibits the transmission of pain.

And many of the above alternative blends, work by providing a powerful anti-inflammatory response, especially by working synergistically.

Diet is a major factor, as certain foods promote the inflammatory response in the body, which in turn, causes pain levels to vastly increase. It is well worth the time to research lists of foods which either raise or lower inflammation.about postherpetic neuralgia

Feel free to tell us about your personal experience with postherpetic neuralgia, in our comment box below.
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