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What supplements help treat shingles?

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Very early studies show hope that these supplements may treat shingles:

  • Papain: This protein found in papayas is used to make meat tender and clean contact lenses. You can find it online sold in capsules.
  • Manuka honey and clover honey: In the lab, it looks like these two honeys fight the varicella zoster virus that causes shingles. Scientists say putting it on your skin might help treat the shingles rash, but it’s not clear yet how to best use it.

From: What Else Helps With Shingles? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/08/2018

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Columbia Neurosurgeons: “Postherpetic Neuralgia.”

University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing: “Moxibustion” and "What is Qi? (and Other Concepts).”

Beth Israel University Hospital and Manhattan Campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine: “Post-Herpetic Neuralgia.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Chlorophyll,” “Cupping,” “DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide),” “Light Therapy,” “Moxibustion,” “Papain.”

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Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Acupuncture," “Fibromyalgia” and “Shingles.”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Shingles: Hope Through Research.”

National Health Service (NHS): “Shingles.”

PubMed: “  antiviral activity of honey against varicella zoster virus (VZV): A translational medicine study for potential remedy for shingles,” “Medical use of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO),” “TENS -- an alternative to antiviral drugs for acute herpes zoster treatment and postherpetic neuralgia prevention,” “Wet cupping therapy for treatment of herpes zoster: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.” In vitro

Columbia Neurosurgeons: “Postherpetic Neuralgia.”

University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing: “Moxibustion” and "What is Qi? (and Other Concepts).”

Beth Israel University Hospital and Manhattan Campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine: “Post-Herpetic Neuralgia.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Chlorophyll,” “Cupping,” “DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide),” “Light Therapy,” “Moxibustion,” “Papain.”

National Eczema Association, “Phototherapy.”

Encyclopedia Britannica, “Papain.”

Oxford Journals, “Rheumatology: A brief history of acupuncture.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

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