Shingles, or Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), is reactivation of the chicken pox virus in a sensory nerve root near the spine decades after the initial infection is gone. The reactivated virus typically affects people over 60, but can affect people of any age group if they have had exposure to the chicken pox virus or vaccine. The rash is often extremely painful, resulting from a severely inflamed nerve, and can last anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks. Most people’s rashes scab over and heal at this point, but anywhere from 5% to over 20% of people develop post-herpetic neuralgia. Post herpetic neuralgia is pain lasting at least a month, sometimes up to years, after the initial shingles outbreak.
Most people are aware of the strong link between vitamin C and immune function, but not everyone knows about its usefulness for the treatment of shingles. Did you know that high doses of vitamin C can both shorten the duration of and lessen the pain of shingles? Not only that, but it reduces the risk of developing post-herpetic neuralgia afterwards. According to a peer-reviewed study from 2012, high doses of vitamin C decreased the chance of post-herpetic neuralgia from 24.1% to 6.4%. The same study showed significant improvements in pain, fatigue, and concentration in the group treated with vitamin C. There are also several published case studies showing the effectiveness of high dose vitamin C in decreasing pain and duration of shingles outbreaks.
The doses of vitamin C needed to have this effect on shingles cannot be taken orally without causing severe gastrointestinal upset. Intravenous vitamin C is very safe and effective. Specialty Natural Medicine has doctors with training in administering high dose vitamin c safely and comfortably to aid in the treatment of shingles.
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