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Homeopathic Remedies for Shingles

Homeopathic remedies for shingles (herpes zoster) are effective natural remedies that can bring about pain relief.

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a very painful condition caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chicken pox. For more information on the causes and symptoms of shingles, and for details of some natural home remedies for shingles (such as the use of herbs, aromatherapy, and nutritional supplements), please visit our page on Home Remedies for Shingles. This page takes a look at using homeopathic remedies to treat this condition.

Homeopathic remedies for shingles are often very helpful for pain relief and recovery. However, it is advisable to consult with a doctor before you choose to use homeopathic remedies for shingles. Your doctor should monitor your condition to make sure that the virus does not spread to your eyes or your internal organs, where it can do a lot of damage. Sometimes, the virus can also cause pneumonia or other secondary infections which can be deadly for older people or those with compromised immune systems.

Below are the most commonly used homeopathic remedies for shingles for your reference.

Homeopathic Remedies for Shingles

  • Arsenicum album: This remedy is effective when there is a burning and itching pain that is relieved by heat. The person who needs this remedy usually feels anxious, restless, and exhausted during fever. Symptoms are often worse around midnight.
  • Apis mellifica: This remedy is for people with burning, stinging pain and itching. Symptoms are often aggravated by warmth, and relieved by cold applications. The person who needs this remedy may be very sensitive to touch.
  • Iris versicolor: This remedy is indicated when shingles is accompanied by stomach problems with burning sensations and nausea. Eruptions tend to appear on the right side of the abdomen.
  • Mezereum: This remedy is for people who have an intense burning sensation which is followed by bright red eruptions that itch intolerably. The pain of the eruptions is aggravated by heat and relieved by cold applications and cool fresh air.
  • Ranunculus bulbosus: This remedy is especially for intensely itching and painful shingles that affect the front or the back of the ribcage. The pain gets worse from contact with clothing or any kind of touch. The blisters may look bluish.
  • Rhus toxicodendron: This remedy is great for burning pain that feels better from warm applicaitons. The rash begins with many small blisters, is red and intensely itchy, and is relieved by hot baths or hot wet compresses.
  • Variolinum: This remedy stimulates the immune system to help the body fight the shingles virus more effectively. It can therefore be used together with any of the remedies described above for faster recovery.

Related Topics

Home Remedies for Shingles
Home Remedies for Fever Blisters
Natural Herpes Remedies


Balch and Stengler, Prescription for Natural Cures. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004).

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