Postherpetic Neuralgia (St.Antony's Fire) Effective Natural Care

Herpes Zoster(Shingles) derives from reactivation of varicella zoster virus (chicken pox taken as a child). Let's look at natural cures for

postherpetic neuralgia, its evolution and official medical therapies.


It affects 20-30% of people and up to 50% of those over age of 80. The age-related decline in cell mediated immunity allows for a new

activation of  varicella zoster virus, sleeping in dorsal ganglia of spine and in cranial nerves. Disease is associated with many acute symptoms such

as skin blisters and pain. It manifests itself with severe itching and allodynia (painless stimuli are perceived as painful).


Complications include postherpetic neuralgia (very common) and visual disturbances (rare). These complications can negatively impact patient's

quality of life. Hospitalization following herpes zoster with postherpetic neuralgia is common in elderly. Elderly population is growing and, then,

number of people with Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia is increasing.


So these pathologies are costly in terms of suffering and loss of independence. Natural remedies for postherpetic neuralgia are able to treat it

gradually, without harm to body and improving the conditions of the immune system. Current management of Herpes Zoster with antiviral and

analgesic drugs produces good results in younger patients. In them disease is usually milder and the treatment is effective against acute pain and

skin blisters. However, aforementioned treatment is much less effective against postherpetic neuralgia, which occurs more severely in older patients.


Once postherpetic neuralgia has developed, current treatments offer only limited benefits, and adverse effects are common. Management is

demanding and often unsatisfactory. In fact, less than 50% of patients get 50% pain relief. 


Mechanism of postherpetic pain is due to increased production of TNF by mast cells which alters neuron's lining cells, so disrupting conduction of

nerve impulses.


Official therapy uses anticonvulsant like Gabapentin, effective in 30% of cases, but with many side effects.


Instead, let's consider real possibility of treating postherpetic neuralgia (St. Anthony's fire) with natural products, without side effects or

contraindications. Action of these products restores normal working of nerve fiber lining cells. In fact, mast cell metabolism is restored with

phytotherapeutic substances like Rhodiola rosea and Vitis vinifera. They have anti-free radical, anti-inflammatory, anti-aggregating action,

nourishing blood vessel wall. Then, there are other natural organic substances, such as flavoproteins and coenzymes, which contribute in effective

and harmless way to restoration of neural transmitters production (TNF). All this has a beneficial effect on the vitality of the nerve fibers,

avoiding damage, favoring the recovery of neuronal function and the immune system.