Shingles Prevention
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: December 15, 1998

My mom has had shingles. She is over them now but because they effect the nervous system she still get bouts of flare ups, especially when she is stressed or tired. What herbs are good for this?

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To prevent shingles, special attention should be paid to the diet, to provide nutrients to the nerve tissue and to stimulate the immune system. Whole grains, legumes, eggs and fish provide B vitamins necessary for nerve health. Green leafy vegetables provide calcium and magnesium necessary for nerve function. Fresh fruit and vegetables provide vitamins A and C to increase immunity.

Chamomile tea helps to improve digestion and is calming to the nerves. Three or four cups a day will be helpful.

St. John’s Wort is anti-viral and helps to build nerve tissue. This can be taken according to the dosage on the product purchased.

Echinacea stimulates the immune system. It can be taken daily, but is especially useful in preventing infection for brief periods when the immune system is low.

Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, which stimulates the immune system.

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