A Natural Self’s use of natural therapies for the treatment and causes of a shingles outbreak.

Shingles is a skin condition that is caused by the Varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chicken pox. The zoster family of viruses is part of the herpes family and shingles is also called herpes zoster. Shingles only occurs in individuals who have had chicken pox. After a bout of chicken pox as a child, the virus remains dormant in the body and may resurface later in life in the form of shingles.

While the cause of shingles is known to be a previous case of chicken pox, the reason why it appears later in life is not entirely understood. It is a very prevalent condition, but does not occur in everyone who has had chicken pox in the past.

A weakened immune system is thought to be the primary reason why the condition occurs. However, there is usually a stress trigger. Natural therapies can provide those natural supplements to prevent the trigger of this dormant virus. Those who are most likely to contract shingles include:

  • People over the age of sixty. This is thought to be because our immune systems weaken as we age. If you have had chicken pox in the past and are over the age of sixty, you have a 50/50 chance of contracting shingles.
  • People with HIV/AIDS.
  • Those who are undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation treatment. This is the only approach of western medicine to Cancer
  • This weakened immune system and previous viral influence is triggered by stress response in the body. This is where a naturopath can help. Natural medicines can work long term to strengthen the immunity and calm down stress with natural supplementation. Natural products should in theory be given long before any symptoms should appear.

Please visit our naturopathy clinic for treatment.