Q. Dear Terry, “What natural options are there for shingles?”– Britney M., Santa Fe, AZ
A. Dear Britney, Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster virus, which is the same virus that is responsible for chicken pox. The virus can remain dormant – for years or decades – until our immune system is weakened. To keep your immune system functioning optimally so it can naturally defend against viruses, I recommend elderberry. Elderberry works by neutralizing the virus particles so they cannot enter our cells. Additionally, elderberry helps with immune system activation and can assist in controlling the spread of viral infections. Look for an elderberry extract that is standardized to anthocyanins, to help give your immune system that extra boost.
I also think that vitamins A, C, E, and D3, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and bioflavonoids work synergistically with elderberry and can help keep the immune system functioning optimally. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties.
I would take elderberry plus the other supportive ingredients once or twice per day.
I believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a combination of nutrients for nerve health like B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, zinc, and boswellia. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function more effectively, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of any pain-related shingles symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. I would take these ingredients twice per day.
Additionally, you may also want to consider taking propolis. Propolis is great at fighting bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Make sure you use propolis that is purified to remove inactive resins and beeswax. I would take propolis once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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