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Rapid Relief Homeopathy for Shingles aka Herpes Zoster

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

There are quite a cases if shingles around, so we are sharing some homeopathic and naturopathic remedies and tips that can help. TM

Most of us know about chicken pox, that annoying itchy spotty childhood illness, easily remedied with rest, sleep, good food and some homeopathy.

The virus responsible for chicken pox is the varicella zoster virus. When this virus has done its job, that is to EDUCATE a child’s immune system the virus tends to go and ‘chill out’ in the nervous system and does not do much. However, at times (such as due to stress, medications, poor nutrition, toxin overload) the virus can ‘wake up’ and move along the nerve fibres and once it reaches the skin ‘shows up’ as shingles. This is like a ‘grown up’ version of chicken pox which is also known as herpes zoster.

However, not every one gets shingles. But in naturopathy it is believed that if you suppress the virus or the pathogen it will only re-appear in another ‘costume’ and that new costume can be a lot less glamorous, i.e. shingles is definitely less glamorous than chicken pox.

Shingles tends to show up as a red rash, that can burn, blister, weep, and can be incredibly painful for some. This rash usually appears on one side of the body and tends to take the shape of a band , it can appear any where on the body but common for it to appear on the torso. Location depends on where the virus has been and travelled to along the nerve fibres.

So what can be done, now for some it can be mild, others it can be quite intense and others can experience long term neuralgia, that is nerve pain. However, we have some wonderful homeopathic remedies for shingles.

With homeopathy, you want to match the correct remedy to your symptoms, not just any random remedy off the list. WHY? Because in homeopathy it is about ‘like treats like’…typical example is if you drink coffee and get all ‘wired and hyper’, to alleviate those symptoms one can take the homeopathic remedy made from coffee called Coffea crude. Taking a remedy made from chocolate will not do the trick. So it is all about matching, a bit like a game of BINGO or snap.


Some of the common homeopathic remedies used for rapid relief from shingles:

Arsenicum Album

Burning pains from the eruptions. Individual is chilly, mentally restless and anxious but physically weak. Utterly exhausted. Thirst for sips of cold water.

Better: for heat.

Worse: after midnight till 3pm, cold or open air, burning pains that are better for heat

Rhus Tox

The blisters/vesicles have a yellow colour and intensely itchy and painful. Individual is very restless with continuous need to change position. Often on the right hand side. Thirsty for larger quantities of drink.

Better: for constantly moving, warmth, hot bath

Worse: at night, drinking cold water, on beginning to move, rainy weather


Rash usually on face including lips and gums, but can be elsewhere, violent itching with intense burning, sharp pains. Crusts weep yellow pus. There can be toothache. Individual is generally chilly

Worse: eruptions are worse from heat, touch, evening until midnight

Better: for cold application on the eruptions, cool fresh air but wrapping up

Ranunculus bulbous

Shingles may be either proceeded by or followed by neuralgic pains in the rib case. Blisters may look bluish, violent itching and burning and generally on ribcage. Pain is stitching, stabbing and shooting and come in ‘bursts’.

Worse: from touch of any kind, clothing or otherwise, exposure to cold air, breathing, moving

Better: sitting bent forward, standing


Burning pains internally and externally. Vesicles filled with water with burning pains and a raw sensation. May also get a urine infection or have the urge to urinate with cutting and burning pains.

Worse: for heat, touch, urinating

Better: for cold applications, lying down, evening, morning, perspiring

Applying calendula ointment can be very soothing and healing.


Cell salts are always such great little helpers

The following cell salts can be helpful:

  • Ferrum Phosphoricum

  • Zincum Muriaticum

  • Natrum Muriaticum

  • Selenium Metallicum.

You can order these cell salts from Helios either combined or individually. Cell salts are always at the lower potencies of 3x, 6x, 12x even 9x unlike the homeopathic remedies. One can take two pills, twice a day or even more of these cell salts during the acute infection and reduce to 2 pills twice a day for a few more weeks. You can use these along side the indicated homeopathic remedy.

Homeopathic remedies can be ordered from any good homeopathic pharmacy. In the UK we have:

Please note all information provided is for educational purposes, always seek the advise of your health practitioner.

To WHOLEness!

From the team at The New School Of Nutritional Medicine

Learn about the Founder & Principal of the New School of Nutritional Medicine, Dr Khush Mark PhD HERE.

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