As a home remedy for shingles, apple cider
vinegar is ranked as the most popular by Earth Clinic participants.
Shingles is a viral infection that often
results in a painfull skin rash caused by the vericella-zoster
virus, just like chicken pox. In fact, after a chicken pox episode,
this virus can lay dormant, undetected, in the nerve tissue close to the brain and
Many years later, in times of stress, or when the immune
system is low, the resting vericella-zoster
virus can reactivate as shingles.
People experiencing an outbreak of shingles
often suffer pain and burning followed, a few days later, by the
formation of a red itchy rash. This rash can be located
anywhere from head to foot on one side of the body.
Ref : Mayo
Clinic Staff, Sept. 01, 2011. ( Web Link )
Vinegar for Shingles
The following home remedy is based on anecdotal evidence. No
trials have been conducted so far.
Home Remedy for
Apple Cider Vinegar
basic ACV shingles remedy is a 2 step process:
- 1) Drink 1 tablespoon of organic apple
cider vinegar mixed in an 8 ounce glass of water or fruit juice three
times a day.
- 2) Soak cotton balls or gaze in straight
apple cider vinegar and apply to the shingles rash for 30 minutes, 3
times a day.
Drinking the apple cider vinegar tonic has been reported to quickly
shingles pain while the topical application of ACV to the rash helps
remove the itchiness and limit the spreading.
When applying the ACV to the rash, some people have reported feeling a
burning sensation that could last for a minute or two before getting
relief from the itchiness.
Patricia Bragg recommends taking a warm bath into which 1 cup of apple
cider vinegar has been added, to help soothe
shingles itching. (Page 24 of her book "Apple Cider Vinegar - Miracle Health System")
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