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Homeopathy for Shingles

shingles homeopathy
Written by Dr. Manisha Bhatia

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles are a unilateral, inflammatory, vesicular, eruption caused by latent herpes varICElla virus from within sensory ganglia.

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles are a unilateral, inflammatory, vesicular, eruption caused by latent herpes varicella virus from within sensory ganglia which attacks the posterior root ganglion and produces the skin eruption secondarily along the dermatomal distribution. It commonly attacks elder people, young persons with immunodeficiency are affected, or it can also transmit as Trans placental infection from mother to baby.

Varicella zoster reactivation in the dorsal root ganglia causes structural damage that result in chronic stimulation of the CNS resulting in pain.

Symptoms of Shingles

  • incubation period 7 – 12 days.
  • Pain with hyperesthesia along the course of the nerve and fever
  • Eruption may be first sign. A red rash that begins a few days after the pain. Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over.
  • Edematous patches along course of nerve
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Appearance of vesicles in crops later may become purulent
  • In immunosuppression, lesion may be widespread
  • Chronic ulcerative lesions are found in AIDS patient
  • Rashes are unilateral, rashes leaves pigmentation and scarring

Diagnosis of Shingles

Based on typical unilateral lesion

Isolation of virus from lesion

Homeopathy Treatment for shingles

homeopathic remedies for shingles cureHomeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat shingles but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available in the treatment for shingles that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Few important homeopathic medicines which are helpful in the treatment for shingles are given below:

Sepia, Tellurium, Capsicum, Natrum mur, Rhus tox, Arsenic album, Hepar sulph, Nitric acid, Caladium, Carbo aeg, Ranunculous bulbous and many other medicines.


Aconitum Napellus

Early cases, with restlessness, anxiety and high fever.

Antimonium Tartaricum

Delayed or receding, blue or pustular eruptions. Drowsy, sweaty and relaxed; nausea. Tardy eruption, to accelerate it. Associated with bronchitis, especially in children.


Severe headache: face flushed; hot skin. Drowsiness with inability to sleep.


“Should vesicles suppurate.” Mercurius has a marked affinity for right side.

Rhus Toxicodendron

Intense itching. Generally the only remedy required; under its action the vesicular eruptions soon disappears. Hairy parts more affected.

Ranunculous bulbus

Shingles affecting the supraorbital & intercostal nerves. There are sharp stitching pains which are worse from touch, motion, change of temperature & on entering a cold place

Shingles Cases Cured with Homeopathic Medicine

Case of Shingles (Herpes Zoster) – by Lily Samardzic-Rafik

A Case of Shingles – by Ursula Dobelmann

A Case of Shingles – by Glenda Malone

Never well since shingles, mono, strep and bronchitis – by Nancy Gahles

Herpes Zoster Treated Effectively by Classical Homeopathy – by Linda Lee

A Dogged Case of Psoriatic Arthritis Hypertension and Ophthlamic Shingles – by Douglas Falkner

He Only Touched My Chin – A Case of Herpes Zoster – by Anthony Robinson


About the author

Dr. Manisha Bhatia

M.D. (Hom), CICH (Greece)
Dr. (Mrs) Manisha Bhatia is a leading homeopathy doctor working in Jaipur, India. She has studied with Prof. George Vithoulkas at the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy. She is the Director of Asha Homeopathy Medical Center, Jaipur's leading clinic for homeopathy treatment and has been practicing since 2004.

She writes for Hpathy.com about homeopathic medicines and their therapeutic indications and homeopathy treatment in various diseases. She is also Associate Professor, HoD and PG Guide at S.K. Homeopathy Medical College. To consult her online, - visit Dr. Bhatia's website.

1 Comment

  • apple cider vinegar on the wounds and by mouth (2 tablespoons in 8 oz of apple juice) helped me and lessened the rash.

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