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.


The disease is associated with many acute symptoms like 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 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.