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A Better Medicine for Shingles

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

October 16th, 2016  |  66 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 worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. 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, 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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66 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?

          4. Jodie says:

            My shingles (15 years ago) was excruciatingly itchy on the first day. The next day the pustules broke out and began to ooze. It was no longer itchy at that point. I had nerve pain for many years, but just on occasion. It was on my face. Wish I had known about homeopathy for this back then! I’ll be ready if it happens again

  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.

  20. Sarah says:

    I was diagnosed with shingles this week. Being relatively new to homeopathy, all I have on hand are Arsenicum Album and Thuja, so I began following the Banerji protocol for those second line remedies. My Ant Crud 6c should be arriving soon. Do I switch to that and follow the protocol or continue with the others? Thanks for all you do Joette.

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

      If you’re experiencing improvement, stay with what you’ve chosen. If not, start with anew.

  21. Gail Odegaard says:

    I had shingles for 8 weeks starting late September. It is gone now as is the pain. I took care of it with EO, and pain meds. I will order the remedies mentioned and am wondering if there are any remedies I can use to prevent a reoccurence.

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

      When homeopathics act on present conditions, they help lessen the change of a return of the condition or at least potentially minimize the intensity.

  22. Linda Tyrie says:

    Having had chickenpox does NOT make you immune to Shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus that lingers in your body from having had chickenpox.

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

      You’re correct. It should have read: “Last week, I wrote about the Chicken Pox and explained that by contracting the illness, children develop a lifelong immunity to Chicken Pox.”

      1. Sarah W says:

        It is not entirely true that having Chicken Pox once gives lifelong immunity. It is unusual but possible to have Chicken Pox more than once. It happened to me [once as a child and again 30 years later] and was confimed by an immunologist. Naturally, the second time I took Varicella 30.

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

          Yes, outlying cases for every condition exist.

  23. Carolyn z says:

    Hi Joette my mom was diagnosed with shingles 6wks ago hypericum is helping her but she has intense itching and burning (I know you mention that shingles shouldn’t itch…) now I’m confused. My kids got chicken pox two wks after she was diagnosed with shingles so I believe it is shingles that she Has. What could I add for itch? Thank you in advance for anything you can share. Carolyn

  24. ectodoobie says:

    I stumbled on this article on twitter. I do not have shingles but I have a recurring tinea versicolor rash that has come and gone for years. This year while having applied kinesiology done I was told that my rash was showing an association with both chicken pox and tick born illness. I had chicken pox as a child naturally before the varicella vaccine. Would my circumstance require a different protocol? I have no idea where to begin looking up which homeopaths bests fit my condition.

    *I have also read from Medical Medium that lyme is not really associated from ticks and that those symptoms can be associated with many other viral infections, including chicken pox/shingles.

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

      Its a different protocol for TV.

  25. Beverly says:

    I’m a month tomorrow of shingles. I have extreme pain. Hypericum 200 for pain is what I understand. Is this right ? I’m 66 years old and I’m exhausted from this pain !!

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

      Read the article carefully as the answers are all there.

  26. Pam says:

    My husband is planning on getting the shingles vaccine:( Is there a remedy I can give him to offset any side effects, or do I wait until the side effects start showing?


    Pam Hayes

  27. Diane says:

    I used Variolinum, 200 c, for post-herpetic neuralgia. It was the only solution to the hot-burning pain in my behind and going down my legs. Thank goodness something worked.

    1. Michelle says:

      I thought it was just me, but the pain I get feels like my muscles are on fire for 7-10 days each time!! I will give this a try, thanks for posting!

  28. Tracy Raddigan says:

    I am a little confused. In the article you say to use 6c but the link takes you to a 30c product. As you respond to other questions about potency you say to be specific to your recommendations. Is it a typo in the link? Have you changed your recommendations? Or has Boiron substituted a product unbeknownst to you?

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

      Often we’re limited as to what is available online via the manufacturing pharmacies. If you’re a student or client of mine you’re able to get the exact potencies from OHM. Otherwise, we use what’s available.

      Additionally, in this case, it’s not as critical to follow exactly.

  29. Proya says:

    My mother who is 60 years is suffering from PHN after for a month now. She had herpes attack a month back on the left side of neck. She is taking allopathy medicines (anticonvulsants) but no effect so far.

    Can she take homeopathic medicine along with anticonvulsants like Gabapin

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

      I have never seen problems using homeopathics in tandem with conventional drugs.

  30. Lindsay J Vanschoick says:

    I wanted to share my shingles story. I am 65 years old and am raising my twin grandchildren a boy and a girl.

    I had an itch behind my ear which turned i to a horrendous pain. Sores in the area started to appear. When I starting having the same symptoms in the opposite side. I realised it was shingles. I immediatly ramped up my vit c to 2000 mg per day 500 4 times, elderberry syrup evrry 3 hours and garlic (a lot, capsules , roasted). ACV on ghe sores 3 times a day. Within 3 days my pain had decresed significanyly. Within 10 days my sores were gone and the pain reduced even more. Within two weeks no more pain.

    1. Michelle says:

      Awesome, I would not have thought to try ACV as I would have expected it to burn, but doing a test patch might be prudent. Thank you for posting this!

  31. Julia says:

    We have a bit of a controversy on the family front. My mother in law had nasty shingles and thus completely blurred the vision in one eye and doctors says not returning to normal. Now some family members think she should get a shingles vaccine. The girls say no. Would homeopathic help her eye or is it a done deal?

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

      I rarely say that homeopathy has no ability for a condition. My mentor and friend, Dr. Prasanta Banerji turned to me many a time and said: “Homeopathy has a history of curing all illnesses but not necessarily all people with those illnesses.”

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