In Italy it’s called St. Anthony’s fire – and for good reason. Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox. If you remember the chickenpox, you’ll know that nothing good can come of it! After an attack, the virus does not exit your body, but actually retreats to nerve cells, where it may remain hidden for years. Later in life, stress and illness can sometimes trigger reproduction of the virus, at which time it travels along the nerve to the skin and erupts into the painful condition known as shingles. Anyone who has had it knows it well. It can start as a numbness or tingling and itching. Some describe it as feeling like needles pricking the skin. Soon, a classic and painful rash appears, similar to chickenpox. It blisters. Erupts. Forms scabs. And lasts for several weeks. If you’re generally a healthy individual, you’ll soon recover fully. Only 4% of people who experience shingles (of which 50% are over 60) have a recurrence.
For decades traditional treatment has consisted of hot compresses to soothe, aspirin to lessen the pain, and TIME to cure all. Today, it really is not much different. Some doctors believe that antiviral drugs can help shorten the duration of the outbreak if caught very early (within 48 hours). However, this is debated among professionals; it is also unlikely for an accurate diagnosis that early. Therefore, those who suffer from shingles often develop a short-lived feeling of helplessness; that is, unless you take a look at the Edgar Cayce readings.
The Cayce readings given to people suffering from shingles indicated that the root cause was generally poor eliminations. In situations where there is a toxicity as a result of a sluggish colon, the circulation (both capillary and lymph) is negatively affected as well as the liver and the kidneys. The skin, being the body’s largest organ and a major player in eliminations, is thus stressed and vulnerable to distress. As always, Cayce gave a host of contributing factors – poor diet, general debilitation, and spinal lesions. In one case, he actually suggested that a case of respiratory flu was causing a congestion in the colon.
I mentioned earlier the helpless feeling that one can experience as a result of an outbreak of shingles. Knowing that time is the ultimate healer can result in a “wait it out” attitude. But why wait, if you can act? Taking control of your health situation and feeling that you are supporting your body during any illness can have an incredibly positive impact on how you feel and heal. Here are some solid and soothing suggestions from the Cayce readings:
- Ice packs over the lesions or hot packs with baking soda – whichever is more soothing to you.
- Eat alkaline-forming foods, easily digested. Lean heavily toward all fruits (except apples). Drink lots of citrus fruit juices, eat cooked vegetables plus their juices, and take vitamin B. Avoid sweets, alcohol, meats and citrus-cereal combinations. This diet will alkalize your system, boost your immunity, and make the virus very unwelcomed!
- Watermelon seed tea (1/2 oz. of tea to 20 ounces of water). Drink it hot as a tea or cold as a beverage. Many people take this tea regularly to encourage and maintain healthy eliminations.
- Stimulate eliminations by taking a small quantity of Sulflax® (salts, cream of tartar, and sulphur), a half teaspoon three times a day.
- Colonics as often as necessary to eliminate mucus from the stools (your colonic therapist can advise you regarding this) – or twice weekly for several weeks if you are free of a mucous condition.
- Spinal manipulation can also help alleviate some of the pain and stress associated with shingles. You should consider a weekly visit during the course of this ailment.
- The Edgar Cayce head-and-neck exercise is a wonderful relaxer and can be particularly helpful if your shingles outbreak is in the cranial area.
Visualize Health and It Will Come
Here’s something I do whenever I feel under the weather from a cold, flu, or even an outbreak of poison ivy. I put together a plan for wellness that incorporates ideas from the Cayce readings, just like those suggested above. Many of my undertakings are things I know I should do as a regular routine but have let them fall by the wayside because “I’m too busy” to make the appointments, go to the yoga class, or shop for fresh vegetables. When I fall ill, I know that had I taken better care of myself, I might not be in this predicament! I begin to implement my health plan and visualize a HEALTHIER self once I get through my current situation. Suddenly I’m not sick at all . . . I’m on the road to even greater health than before! And you will be, too