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A Better Medicine for Shingles

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

October 16th, 2016  |  41 Comments

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Last week, I wrote about the Chicken Pox and explained that by contracting the illness, children develop a lifelong immunity to the Varicella virus.

But with the advent of the Chicken Pox vaccine, which was introduced in the early 90’s, incidences of this common childhood disease have declined significantly. Interestingly, over recent years and months, the percentage of Shingles developing in adults has increased.

Odd coincidence?

I don’t think it’s a coincidence at all.

It has been suggested by immunology experts that because adults are no longer tending to children who have the Chicken Pox (since most children are being vaccinated against it), adults are not getting a natural immunity ‘boost’ against the Varicella (or Herpes) Zoster virus.

This means it is possible that an adult’s susceptibility to developing Shingles increases by not having been exposed to a child with Chicken Pox.  

I have taken several calls from adults requesting information on how homeopathy can help ease the suffering associated with Shingles.

As it turns out, one of my staff members offered a recent story of her mother-in-law’s experience with Shingles.

The condition initially began as a ‘sensation’ on her back. At first, she thought it was simply an irritation from her undergarments. That is until it spread and was no longer a mild feeling, but an excruciating, stabbing pain.

After diagnosing her with Shingles, the doctor wrote up some prescriptions but let her know that even while taking the drugs, she may still suffer from the pain associated with the virus for up to a year.

A year.

So if the drugs don’t cure the condition and allow the disease to carry on for a year, what exactly do they accomplish?

Not knowing what else to do, she got the scripts filled. But before taking them, she noticed a warning on one of the bottles.

It said that anyone taking the medicine should wear a bracelet warning people about the particular drug they were taking.

This alarmed her.

Ya think?

*I urge anyone who considers taking any drug to inform themselves of the potential side-effects. Given the availability of the internet, there is really no excuse not to take this critical step.*

Hoping for a better solution, this mom called her daughter-in-law, who has been taking my courses and using homeopathy for some years now, to get some advice.

Correctly, her daughter-in-law’s primary concern was to be sure she hadn’t started taking any of the drugs yet.

This is important.

Often, homeopathy can work in spite of allopathic drugs, but not so well when it comes to Shingles.

It is my experience that if drugs are begun, homeopathy’s ability to clear the case is hampered.

If someone has Shingles and they start taking conventional drugs prescribed for it, then realize said drugs are not helping enough so they switch to homeopathic medicines, homeopathy does not work as well. It takes a lot longer.

It may offer some help, but not with the same alacrity and thoroughness as when only homeopathy has been applied.

Need I remind you that the pain of Shingles can be relentless and maddening?

Because mom hadn’t started the drugs, her daughter-in-law quickly headed over with her homeopathy kit.

She had learned in my Good Gut, Bad Gut course that the Banerji Protcol for Shingles is Antimonium crud 6c, (Apply the discount coupon code – “Joette”– at check-out for an additional 20% off!taken every three hours. Had there been a fever present, she would have given her Belladonna 6c every 3 hours until the fever was resolved.

There was no fever, so they skipped this step.

The next remedy that was given was Hypericum 200 for her acute pain. She took it every hour when the pain was extreme; twice a day when it was manageable.

My staff member checked back in with her mother-in-law after a few days. The pain was still there, but it was less intense. It continued to decrease and after about two and a half weeks, she reported that her pain was barely noticeable.

A month later and it was only a memory.

Pain-free without warning labels. What a concept!


I am a homeopath with a world wide practice working with families and individuals via Skype. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety s and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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41 thoughts on “A Better Medicine for Shingles”

  1. I found a protocol online as follows: Ranunculus bulbosus, Rhus tox, iris versicolor, arsencum album, clematis erectus, apis mellifica, mezereum. now each is specific. I was told I waited too long to get a shot that is available (which I would have opted not to have a shot) so this is what I took. I don’t know if it helped. I got the shingles in early June and they subsided by the end of July as far as I can remember. The pain may have lasted a a few more weeks. I had a terrible time sleeping at one point and for that my doctor did prescribe temazepam. the homeopathic sleep remedyies do not work for me. i have a sleep problem. So, what to you think about these homeopathics for shingles?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      1st let me address the insomnia condition. Its not likely that homeopathics don’t work for you. Its much more likely that its pilot error. That is, the medicine/s chosen was/are incorrect.

      As for the list of homeopathics that mention, the answer is yes, they too can be used for shingles.

  2. Pam Davison says:

    I just found homeopathy 2 weeks ago. My husband had shingles 7years ago and did take the typical meds. His blisters subsided within 2weeks but he has been in severe pain since. The pat on the back, the brush of the bed sheets cause excruciating pain. Can anything be done to help with his pain ?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      It would require a consultation with a seasoned homeopath.

  3. Karen Kuhn says:

    Thank you Joette! I had shingles almost two years ago, and unfortunately, I was in so much pain, and didn’t know anything different, so I went with the allopathic doctor and prescriptions. I did experience PHP for about six months before it finally went away. However, my question regards if I get the shingles again, can one mix essential oils (such as ravintsara, geranium, and tea tree, and lavender) along with the homeopathic protocol you suggest, or would the essential oils interfere? I also took 1000 mg L-lysine 3 times daily during those six months, and still take 2,000 mg per day as a preventative.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      You may certainly use essential oils along with homeopathy as long as you stay away from the aromatics in very strong concentration; particularly camphor, menthol and mint.

  4. Marla Morgan says:

    This protocol worked for us! About 5 weeks ago, my 13-year-old daughter had a rash we were perplexed by. I posted a picture in a Facebook homeopathy group (Homeopathic Mamas), and started getting clarification that we were dealing with shingles. She had the CP vaccine when she was 12 months old, and developed a mild case after the vaccine (I remember the mild pustules and fever, and I’m sure I gave her many doses of Tylenol). Reassurance from my fellow like-minded mamas gave me the confidence to treat her homeopathically and not rush her to the doctor. She never had a fever and took the Ant Crud, and Hypericum as needed. Days 4-7 were the worst for her (mainly with sleep since they were on her left side), but she pushed through those days and then it was downhill from there.

    So, so thankful for homeopathy, and so thankful we didn’t further suppress this virus!

  5. Mary says:

    And not a whole year. Bravo!

  6. Michele Zuidema says:

    I believe that I am struggling with this right now. I am prone to cold sores and Impetigo and since last Wednesday I have been having excruciating pain along the right side of my head from the eyebrow to the base of my neck. I am very familiar with the nerve pain that this has. My question is where do I find these products and what specifically do I take. I have 2-3 small open sores on top of my head and I am trying to avoid getting any on my face. I am taking 2000mg of Lysine 4 times a day and just Tylenol for the pain. Any directions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Michele

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Click on the name of the medicine in the article and it will take you to Amazon or BOiron. The directions are printed on the bottle.

    2. Tina Toburen says:

      I find the Boiron brand of the remedies at the local “hippie” vitamin shoppe (The Vitamin Shoppe, or Supper Supplements, for example), or Whole Foods (or similar ‘organic’ market).

  7. Marie says:

    This is off topic and just asking in the general sense – could homeopathy work alongside Wellbutrin? Or even as means to stop taking it?

    1. Tiffany says:

      Not sure what the Wellbutrin is treating, but if it is for depression, yes, homeopathy can treat that! I have seen depression be completely uprooted by homeopathy first-hand,and it is truly amazing! Be careful about stopping it cold turkey, but you can take homeopathy alongside allopathic drugs, as they have no drug interactions, then when you start noticing improvements, you can ask your doctor about coming off the meds all together! Good luck!

      1. Marie says:

        Tiffany thank you! I am a new student learning everything I can!

  8. Kim says:

    Can homeopathy treat anti phosphorus lipids I take warfarin for this?/

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I have witnessed it while working in India.

  9. Karen Kuhn says:

    This question is a bit off topic, but somewhat related to the root problem of nerves: Can you address neuropathy pain and related trigeminal nerve pain? I am non-diabetic, but both deceased parents and siblings also have it (also non-diabetic). My worst area is the bottom of my feet–feels like I am walking on nails, very painful. Turmeric helps, but causes other side-effects if I take it in high enough quantity to help. Are there homeopathic formulas for neuropathy/nerve pain that you would suggest?

    1. Tiffany says:

      Karen, I recommend you look into Spigelia anthelmia. Google that with the words “materia medica”

    2. sahmpaw says:

      Have you tried Hypericum? That is a good place to start. I had trigeminal neuralgia in my face for 2 years. It ended up being a strep infection. I saw a homeopath to get better. And did.

  10. Ava Philippus says:

    Thank you for this information. Very interesting.

  11. Traudl Wöhlke says:

    I wish you were right with your recommendations for Shingles. It did no work for me, and the remaining neuralgic pain is very annoying. Meanwhile I found an interesting information in the textbooks of our ancient homeopath G. H. G. Jahr. He says that Arsenicum was the only remedy which has cured Shingles and the pain within 10 days. I sure wish I had found this right in the beginning of the outbreak, now after 5 weeks following the Banerji protocols, I am still suffering from pain, Hypericum does not help at all.

  12. sahmpaw says:

    I am dosing Ant Crud 6C to my 6 year old daughter and her two lesions aren’t going away. About how much time do we give it? I am going to start Hypericum today because she is starting to get some pain. No fever or anything.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Your 6 year old daughter has shingles?

      1. sahmpaw says:

        I think so. I haven’t had a doctor’s diagnosis but these patches look exactly like the ones in the picture above. Could it be something else? She says they itch and are slightly painful.

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

          A diagnosis is called for before using medicine. As a heads up…shingles don’t itch; more likely molluscum contagiosum.

          1. sahmpaw says:

            Ok, thank you for the heads up. We will get a diagnosis.

          2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

            Remember, homeopathy is not supplements, essential oils, herbs or such that could be taken regardless of the diagnosis. We must be more precise with it or else it can cause problems.

          3. sahmpaw says:

            We had a consult with a doctor over the phone and they think it sounds like ringworm. Any Banerji protocol for ringworm?

  13. Rocky says:

    I have read your article on Genital Herpes-very, very informative. I tested positive for herpes and it has showed up orally. Do you have an article specifically for oral H, or could I use the one given for genital H? Thank-you so much/R

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      The protocol is specific for shingles.

  14. T says:

    I got shingles 10 months ago and was in horrible pain for over a month and I still have pain daily see days worse than other. Every time I try to get off the Valcicliver I start to get the rash again. Any suggestions I really want to get off the medicine and be pain free. By the way I just heard you on the lyme summit and loved the talk.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      This condition is not always an easy one to get a grip on without the help of a professional homeopath. The best I can do on this forum is to offer the 1st steps.

  15. Iryna Biehland says:

    Oh, my poor mother (70) got shingles too! It wrapped her body on the breast/chest level. Crises is past (though she didn’t react to it right away) but the pain is present. It’s been 3 months already.
    She was prescribed heavy painkillers, but she doesn’t like taking them. Takes them only at night, so she could sleep.
    Dear Joette, do you think Hypericum 200 would work for her?
    Thank you,

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I can’t say with certainty, but the cost of a bottle of this medicine is about $12.

  16. Melanie D says:

    I currently have shingle’s. The rash is about 10 days old with some active blisters still. My health food store didn’t have Antimonium crud 6c, so I got the 12c. How does that change how often I should take it? Also, they only had Hypericum 30c, not 200. So does that just mean I should take it more often?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I have no experience using those potencies for shingles so I can’t say, but I’d use what you’ve got, order the other potencies and replace them at that time. Meanwhile, it’s generally adhered to in homeopathy to use the medicines as needed. This means that as symptoms arise, dosing commences.

  17. deborah says:

    How often with the ant crud 6, once a day? twice a day?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Pls read the article carefully. Its all there.

  18. Lori says:

    My 14 year old son was just diagnosed via bloodwork for shingles. I have started him on the remedies listed above (without belladonna, as no fever). We have done remedies for 2 days. How long do I use these with shingles before trying other remedies? He is in a lot of pain and is missing school for this. Thank you.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      We use medicine for as long as its needed. It’s no longer needed when the condition is no longer presenting. I wouldn’t give school a thought…this is an opportunity to bond.

  19. Marlies says:

    3 years ago my husband came down with what we thought was shingles, but it turned out to be much worse: bolous phempigoid. He has red irritated splotches that itch like crazy. He is on predinson to keep it bearable. Would the shingles homepathic remedies help?
    I created a essential oil blend that helps, but not when he has flare ups.

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