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3 Homeopathic Medicines for Postherpetic Neuralgia

Herpes Zoster is a viral disease leading to painful skin eruptions caused by varicella-zoster virus. Varicella zoster virus is the virus that causes chicken pox when a person gets infected with this virus initially. Though the person recovers from the chicken pox within weeks, the virus remains in the nerve cells, in an inactive state. This virus can reactivate anytime it finds a suitable trigger like lowered immunity. Homeopathic medicines for postherpetic neuralgia are deep acting remedies that can help resolve the problem.    homeopathic medicines for postherpetic neuralgia

When the dormant virus gets reactivated, it leads to herpes zoster or shingles with painful skin eruptions. The rash of herpes zoster resolves within two to four weeks’ time.  In some cases, even after the skin eruptions completely resolve, the pain continues for months or years together. This nerve pain that persists for more than 3 months is referred to as postherpetic neuralgia. The postherpetic neuralgia results from damage to the nerve caused by the herpes zoster virus. The pain may vary from discomfort to severe, stabbing pain. Along with pain, burning, increased sensitivity, weakness of affected skin area may also arise.

Homeopathic Medicines for Postherpetic Neuralgia

Homeopathy is highly effective in treating neuralgic complaints i.e., nerve pain. As a first step, Homeopathy controls the intensity and frequency of pain in postherpetic neuralgia. Then the medicines work to remove the chronicity of the pain. The burning sensation, hypersensitivity associated with this condition also heals under the use of homeopathy for postherpetic neuralgia. Apart from post-herpetic neuralgia, other nerve pains that find proper treatment in Homeopathy include sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, and intercostal neuralgia.

1. Mezereum – For Postherpetic Neuralgia with Intense Burning

Mezereum is rated among the best medicines for postherpetic neuralgia. It is the best-suited prescription when postherpetic neuralgic pains are violent and attended with marked burning. Mezereum is the most helpful among medicines for postherpetic neuralgia in postherpetic pains located in the face. The pain in the face may get worse while eating. Warmth brings relief. Mezereum is also helpful during active herpes zoster where eruptions are present. The key symptoms to look out for before prescribing Mezereum during herpes zoster infection are violently itching vesicles with shining red areola and intense burning.

2. Ranunculus Bulbosus – For Pains coming in Paroxysms

Another of the prominently indicated medicines for postherpetic neuralgia is Ranunculus Bulbosus. It is indicated for sharp, shooting, postherpetic neuralgic pains that come in paroxysms. It is also one of the top listed medicines for intercostal neuralgia following herpetic infection. Ranunculus Bulbosus is also indicated for herpes zoster when the vesicles eruptions are bluish in colour. The eruptions are attended with itching and burning symptoms which worsen on contact.

3. Rhus Tox – One of the best Medicines for Postherpetic Neuralgia

Rhus Tox also figures on the list of highly effective medicines for postherpetic neuralgia. It is one of the best medicines for postherpetic neuralgia where the pains are attended with marked restlessness. The skin is sensitive to cold air in such cases. In herpes zoster, Rhus Tox is the most preferred among medicines when the vesicles are yellowish with itching and stinging.

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  1. Dear Dr. Sharma, I was diagnosed with herpes zoster in February 2014. After the initial painful rash the pain never stopped. I was diagnosed with post hepatic neuralgia. It has been 5 and one half years with constant pain in my right shoulder, neck and back. I have had 5 nerve blocks, acupuncture, tens, light therapy, touch therapy, every pharmacy drug that you can think of. I currently get acupuncture and massage every week. I am a 65 year old male in excellent health except pain. Do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you for your time.

  2. Kathleen Gregg says:

    Can you adviser please best homeopathic medicine for both constant shingles and phn. I am 82 yrs old. Female. Also suffer from osteoarthritis. The nerve pain is always there and the burning and constant itching.

  3. ramnath paranandi says:

    Dr.Sharma,
    I am 78 years old. I have PHN (Post Herpetic Neuaralgia with pains coming in paro
    oxysms

  4. Ashok jogi says:

    Dear Doctor, I had an attack of herpes in the month of October 17. The eruptions were clear within a weeks time but the pain is still continuing.Could you please suggest me some medicine so that I am relieved of their problem.

  5. Manmadha. says:

    My father is suffering from prosthetic neuralgia from last 1 year. He is getting pain one side in forehead area.we were using gabapentin other medicine combinations prescribed by neurologist. But pain and itching is not controlled. Do we have any treatment to reduce pain and cure postherpitc neuralgia ?

  6. Sarika Sharma says:

    Hello Dr. Sharma my Mother In Law aged 69 years is suffering from post herpes neuralgia since last two months in the lumbar region. The pain is severe and unbearable…..so I request you to please suggest some medicine and its consumption dosage. For your kind information she is a CKD paitient who undergoes dialysis twice a week since November 2016 and also had undergone bypass surgery in Feb 2016. She is diabetic since last 15 years and also suffers from thyroid dysfunction.

    • I am suffering from post herpes zoster pain since last few days. The blisters have subsided with anti viral medicine and local ointment , but I have intense burning pain at the site , the left chest front and back & middle at the back, even touching is very painful, I can’t wear a dress properly.
      I am 63 years old female and having thyroid, blood sugar & Np problem though controlled with allopathy medicines. since 12 years,

    • I am suffering from post herpes zoster pain since last few days. The blisters have subsided with anti viral medicine and local ointment , but I have intense burning pain at the site , the left chest front and back & middle at the back, even touching is very painful, I can’t wear a dress properly.
      I am 63 years old female and having thyroid, blood sugar & bp problem though controlled with allopathy medicines. since 12 years,

  7. Deepak Jindal says:

    Dear sir, my father ,aged about 85 years, suffered from herpes zoster in the month of January 2018 on the right side of face.now he is complaining about post herpetic pain and itching in that area.What can be the best treatment for this in Homeopathy? Please suggest

  8. Surendra Kumar Nathany says:

    Am 74 yrs.old and pure veggie. Was suffering from herpes on the right chest in the year 2012, and then it got converted into PHN under right chest and since then suffering from PHN. Also am a patient of ulcerative colitis since last 50 years. Sometimes, though rarely, blood also comes with stool. Want treatment of PHN. For ulc.colitis taking ROWASA.

  9. Aakshar BAPU says:

    I am suffering from herpes zoster since 10 th may. The blisters have subsided with anti viral medicine and local ointment , but I have intense burning pain at the site , the left chest front and back , the left side of face and neck.even touching is very painful, I can’t wear a shirt.
    I am 66 years old male and suffering from generalized myasthenia since 2 years, so most of the allopathy medicines are contraindicated.
    I have stabing and burning pain and intractable itching, I am crying in frustration , doctors say, it is post herpetic neuralgia and may last long.
    Please suggest me any homeopathic medicines and oblige. Thank you

  10. Mahendra Kumar pareek says:

    I am 63 year. Safring herpise from last20 months allopathy and homeopaths but still pain,stiffness in nerves and touch sansaistion .please advise

  11. In Feb month I am suffering herpes zoster on my back and waist area but nerves pain not remove on this area please advice sir

  12. subramanya gopal rao says:

    Dear Doctor,
    I had suffered from herpes zoster about 40 days back .Herpes zoster virus attacked my left eyes,scalp and forehead. It all started with left eye infection for which eye doctor prescribed antibiotic eye drops. There was no rash or skin eruptions. As soon as I started using eye drops I got more pain and some skin eruptions /lesions on my scalp and fore head. I thought It is allergic .Next day I went eye hospital they declared it is erpic zoster(opthalmia) and provided necessary treatment with in 24 hours. Dermotologist and neurologist also started treatment within 24 hours. within 10 days things were in good shape. After that conguvities attacked both the eyes. One of the neuro medicine was allergic to me and burnt my throat, lips and mouth.I was not in any position to open mouth for 15 days. I lost about 12 kgs and had post herpes pains on my scalp,eye brows and lost sleeping metabolism. I used to get only sleep for one to two hours in the night. I stopped neuro tablet and other alternative provided by doctor. Now i AM HAVING SLEEP FOR 1 TO 2 HOURS in a frequency of one hour. I have burning sensation, pain, little itching on my eye brow,scalp, forehead on virus attacked spots. Pl advice How I can come out of this post herpes trauma asap. thanks subramanya

  13. Hi Doc sahab ,

    I had suffered with herpes zoster on half face and scalp part , main medicin i took OCUVIR 1200 MG for 7 days then 3 days i took 800 mg , now its cured but the post herpes nuralgia is too much painfull .
    Effected arem till now with pain , eitching , high sensation , tickling , itching , mainly too much in eye .
    What should i do , i am too much worried ,
    please advise is it curable ????? how muchtime it will take ? please doc sahab advise me …..
    Thanks

  14. Stevie Wonder says:

    Funny how this “Dr.” has yet to answer even one of the question under the comments section…..

    • Thats because he is an Indian..highly competent but lethargic where TIME OF THE ESSENCE JUST DOES NOT EXIST IN HIS MODUS OPERANDI. There is a very good chance that the doc is shaking his head side to side wondering what his next move will be.

  15. heather wylde says:

    My Shingles started 4 weeks ago followed by the rash 1 week later, although the rash is going now I am still experiencing intense pain. The affected area is my right hip with numbness covering the whole area and is very sore and tender. The greater pain is in my hip bone with shooting dull and sharp stabbing pains travelling down my groin and into my stomach.
    What remedy would you recommend for the intense pain please. Dont know if this is relevant but I am 73 years of age but very fit

    • Stevie Wonder says:

      I got the shingles on May 1 2009. I have had post herpetic neuralgia since then. The only thing(s) that have worked for me was a Tens unit with 4 pads. I kept it on too long, so my tissue started becoming almost degraded, so I quit that. The other thing that worked was acupuncture, but only when the needles were actually in me.
      All of this other “crap” has been a waste of money and hope.
      I have somewhat adapted to the pain, though it is likely the same as it was 9 years ago.
      On Gabapentin, but would have to take literally thousands of milligrams to even touch this.
      I have found that anything that occurs within the affected dermatome, inside or on the skin causes the symptoms to flair up. I hate this crap, especially when doctors say it is a hypersensitivity,…no, it isn’t, it varies from pain to stabbing pain. Shirts, air from the ceiling fan, sheets, showers, peristalsis, being touched, skin tags,…….and the list of what causes pain goes on and on.
      I wish all of you luck in your endeavors,…just allow yourself to be humbled or all of this is just a painful waste…..Thanks

  16. Sanjoy Chatterjee says:

    My wife suffered harpes zoster,one month passed now the blisters are drying up but pain and burning sensation remains, she cannot sleep at night. Aloeupathic medicine no use. Please advice me some homeopathy medicine for speedy recovery and safeguard against postherpetic neuralgia damage.

  17. Dear Dr my mother is 70 years old and had shingles in November 2017 currently she is suffering from nerve damage can you please advice.

    • hello Dr, i had herpes 3 months back but the pain has not gone. the rashes disappered in a weeks time. but not the burning pain. what can i do?I am 65 years old. female and diabetic for the last 15 years. my vision is also affected thanks .

      • Krishna Lata Singh says:

        I had Herpes 4 months back but the pain has not gone yet. The rashes went in 2 months but the pain exists. I am 63 years old female and diabetic for the last 10 years. I am continuing with Pregabalin 150 mg three times daily. What should I do?

  18. Fatima Rubino Adams says:

    Dr. Sharma,

    My name is Fatima Adams. My husband is complaining about his ear for few months. He went to the regular doctor and not much helper… Finally the doctor said the ha Herpetic Neuralgia. I have can see that his ear is starting to to have more pain. Before it was once a month or so. Now, he had this pain on and off for 2 days… I understand that as soon start the treatment is better in order for not damage more nerves. I’m from Brazil, and we use Homepathy very often. My husband is American, and people here in USA are very ignorant in knowledge about Homepathy. Before I put my husband in contact with you I want to hear from you about RESULTS for this condition. I do respect Homepathy, and I want to help my husband in his condtion as to help him to understand the beauty of the alternative medicine as Homepathy. If it is the case I’m advicing him to sign for 6 months and TRY. I would like to know about your experience with this condition and RESULTS are positive or not? Can you clarify my questions, please. Also, if he signs for 6 months treatment, how often he’ll access for you advice and how often. Is there other to assist you with client as my husband and others? thank you for your time

    • Mahendra Kumar pareek says:

      I am 63 year. Safring herpise from last20 months allopathy and homeopaths but still pain,stiffness in nerves and touch sansaistion .please advise

  19. phillip cekosh says:

    I am dealing with postherpetic neuralgia and have recieved 3 vitamin c IVs. Still have pain though not as
    severe. Any other suggestions??

  20. BHASKARAVENKAT says:

    dr sharmaji, I AM PRASAD FROM HYDERABAD, I WAS ATTACKED BY HERPESZOSTER ON 29/03/2017 AND I GOT CORRECT DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT ON 01.042017 THE AREA IS RIGHT SIDE OFCHEEK ie BELOW EAR AND BACK SIDE OF HEAD AND RT EAR ALSO EFFECTED.
    BUT ON 15/04/2017 NERVES PROBLEM STARTED DOCTER TOLD PHN AND TREATED WITH
    GABAPENTIN FOR 2 MONTHS .AS THE PROBLEM IS NOT CURED AND OTHER SIDE EFFECTS CONSTIPATION AROSE, ISHIFTED TO HOMEOPATHY, AND USING HYPERCUMANDRUSTOX AS ADVISED BY OUR HOMEO DOCTOR, BUT SOME TIMES THE ITCHING IS ERUPTING ON THE BACKSIDE HEAD PL SUGGEST ME RIGHT COURSE OF ACTION.

  21. Respected Doctor ji
    I am suffering from post herpetic ITCHING of the scalp., even after one year after herpes zoster of the right neck. Please suggest homeo remedy. I have tried topical steroids and moisturising hair oils without relief.

  22. Vijay Lazarus says:

    Dr. Sharma, I had this attack of herpes in March 1st week. After it subsided and after the course of prescription of our family doctor (allopathic), I tried another homoeopath doctor , incidentally, also Dr. Sharma, in phase 2, Mohali, it hardly did anything so I left it and personally tried Mezereum 30 and Cantharis 30; but the ‘pain’ continues. I have given up hope by now.

    Do you think anything still can be done now? Do I come under Ranunculus as you have suggested?

    I am Vijay Lazarus, my age is 77. I am mostly on homeopathy since 1967. Being an enlarged prostate person I am on Sabal Serulata regularly.

    Sincerely, Vijay Lazarus

    • i was sufering from herpes zoster in march 2017 and taken treatment and recovered singles . but after four month i was suferin from nerve pain due to demag c aused by varicellazoster virus pl advice me

  23. Mrs Rose Maira Massey says:

    Sir,
    I’ve been suffering frm trigeminal neuralgia after occular herpes since Dec.2015.Severe attacks stopped after 5days as i was on allopathic treatment frm neurologist since day one.Till date i am on medication but suffer frm intense pain in eye and forehead and head and deteriorating vision with extreme dryness in the effected eye .Could you plz help me. Female .age 57 yrs.

  24. zahidkhan says:

    Dear sir , my father had herpes on face for six month but still it is very itching on left side of face , burning and paining , ( Chatkan jaise sui chubthi hai) pls advise us best medicine.

    With regards
    zahid khan
    9359904771
    zahidnihon@yahoo.in

  25. Carol Reid says:

    Dear Sir,
    My sister who will be eighty this year,had a very mild case if shingles many years ago.
    In her 40’s she started having awful severe pain in the nerve around her shoulder blade in her back
    Her Gp said it was post heretic pain.
    Sge has had it sporadically ever since,usually when she has had a chest infection but sometimes
    It just comes on very quickly
    She takes Gabapentin in large amounts,the pain is almost intolerable
    The Gp says there is nothing else better to ease the pain
    It makes her feel awful and effects her brain and mood when she takes is
    We are just desperate to find anything that may help without all the side effects of this medication
    Even though it helps a lot. Thankyou for looking at this . Carol Reid

    • Gloria Nobile says:

      I had shingles on my left side forehead in august and now have posttherpetic neuralgia itch and moderate pain on the left side of my face and around my left eye area. This is being treated with Gabapentin 600 mg 3X daily. which does not seem to be helpful. I would appreciate an helpful advice for my problem

  26. Vinod kaushik says:

    Sir, my wife age 60 years developed herpes on her left forehead and eye. Though there was a very little pain and itching doctor prescribed Valcivir 1000 thrice a day for 7 days which she took. In the beginning of treatment I gave her Rhustox 1M and Aresenic Album 1 M (only single dose). Now the eruption has dried out but scars are there. Now she is complaint of stiffness in knees and slight sudden pain in left side of forehead. Please suggest some medicine so that she not develop post herpetic nearalgia

  27. Mitch Gonzalez says:

    Dear Dr. Sharma

    I developed shingles shortly after I suffered a very bad reaction to chemo therapy. My immune system was severely compromised. This was in April of 2011. I am doing better but I am still on 300 mg daily of Lyrica and 10 mg of oxycodone. I stop taking oxycodone 6 moths ago. I want to get off of the medicines. My pains average pain levels between 3 and 8. No more pains of 8, 9 or 10. I am ready for something that does not have side affects like Lyrica. Can you help?

    Thank you
    Mitch

  28. Capt. RNS Rajawat says:

    Dear Dr Sharma !
    My suffered from herpes on her left face covering an area of left eye fore head and the head in mid November 2014 followed by nuralgia which continues even today. She gets on and off rashes. Itching clubbed with swelling which aggravates with exposer to heat and sun light. So far she had been on Pregabalin75 and Mecobain 1500. She is also suffering from Grade 1 spondylisesof L5 over S1 and degenerating changes with disc bulges L2-3,L3-4,&L4-5. Plz advise.

  29. hi ,

    I have post herpetic neuralgia , it been 2 months and I am still suffering from so much pain stabbing , burning , heaviness in my left arm What can you suggest to get rid of this pains.

    Thank you.

  30. Shireen Moosvi says:

    Dear Dr Sharma,
    Herpes zoster attacked right side of my face in January last. It started with toothache then redness and sores in the mouth on right upper part. It was wrongly diagnosed as mouth ulcers, only when the sores started to appear on the right part of the face it was declared herpes zoster and treated. It is over a year I am suffering with postherpetic neuralgia. It is now confine to my right nostril, right part of lips eye socket and right upper part of the the mouth. Unbearable burning excruciating pain and redness. My hair are falling by now reduced to one-fourth of what these were a year ago. Could you please let me know there is any treatment for this in homeopathy? I will be most grateful. I am running seventy. Still fully active mentally and physically, teaching as Professor Emeritus and busy in research and writing as much possible in spite of the pain. I stop taking all medicines for some time after realizing these are adversely affecting my memory and retention power.

  31. Rosie Carroll says:

    Hi Dr. Sharma,

    On January 13, 2017 I went to a doctor reason of I have a lot sensitivity on the skin of the right side of my forehead from the eye brown to the forehead. Very sensitive and painful when touch it with my fingers and with cold air wind. Since that day I was taking 4 pills of 400 mg of Acyclovir per day until today (19 days) and didn’t help me at all, my doctor says that there is not a cure for it and prescribed narcotic pain pills that I will not take at all. So I believe that the homeopathic medicine can help me.
    My doctor said that I got shingles without eruption and blisters. My skin remain normal, no rush, no itching, no burning sensation only skin very sensitive when is touched like a sharp nerve pain and sensitive with cold air wind.
    I will appreciate your advise and your help. Thank you.
    Rosie

  32. Gopal Krishnan LS says:

    Today is 35th day of Herpes Zoster. Things have dried up but pain is not going. Sometimes I get burning sensation also. My age is 75 yrs (M) Kindly advise me suitably.

  33. Subhasish Dasgupta says:

    I am helpless. My right side of pennies is going to loose nerves and looking zigzag. It is also painful and bent that side all time specially at the time of erection. As per physician my USG report of my pennies and pelvis is normal. I am 37 years old.I have not any blood pressure and sugar also.

  34. PROF.(DR.)KASHINATH JENA says:

    DEAR DR.SHARMA,I AM HAVING POSTHERPETIC NEUROGIA IN THE LOWER ORTION OF MY LEFT LEG RIGHT UP TO FEET AND TOES AFTER SUFFERING FROM HERPES ZOSTER FROM 11-15 NOVEMBER. FOR THIS I TOOK ACIVIR 800 FOR 5 TIMES A DAY FOR 7 DAYS. THOUGH THE HERPES ZOSTER HAS GONE, I AM HAVING VERY IRRITATING ELECTRIC SHOCK LIKE PAIN, BURNING PAIN, STINGING PAIN, TINGLING AND PRICKING SENSATION IN MY LEFT LEG PARTICULARLY BELOW KNEE RIGHT UP TO FEET TOES AND FINGERS AND BELOW THE FEET CONSTANTLY PARTICULARLY IN NIGHT TIME IN BED. I AM 59 YEARS OLD MALE WITH SOUND HEALTH HAVING PROBLEM WITH DISCS BULGING, IN L4 AND L5. PLEASE HELP ME. THANKS, PROF.(DR.)K.N.JENA

    • Sir,

      I was exposed with HSV2 over my genital in Dec.2011 and after it took homeopathic treatment herpes was cured yet now getting pain, burning, etching and symptoms of urge of frequent urine in my urinal on and off.
      Every time took test with Lab for HSV2 igg and igm are negative now please advise which homeopathic medicine could be curable for me ,I am very sad and could not give time to my job owing to this issue,please help me out.

      • Shane Barry says:

        I contracted shingles around the left hand side of the waist in August 2016. The shingles healed in 2 1/2 weeks with medicine but then came the postherpectic neuralgia. The usual symptons followed …burning , itching , sharp pains, electric shock like pain and dull pain.It is 24/7, the rash has not fully gone but has diminished over time. I have tried acupuncture and various tintures.
        I have severe bouts of sciatica down my left leg. All this is extremely depressing , further enhanced by lack of sleep.
        Are there any natural remedies to reduce the nerve pain? I am 62 year old male with a poor immune system, having overcome a long battle with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma

    • DEAR DR.SHARMA,I AM HAVING POSTHERPETIC NEUROGIA IN THE LOWER ORTION OF MY LEFT LEG RIGHT UP TO FEET AND TOES AFTER SUFFERING FROM HERPES ZOSTER FROM 11-15 NOVEMBER. FOR THIS I TOOK ACIVIR 800 FOR 5 TIMES A DAY FOR 7 DAYS. THOUGH THE HERPES ZOSTER HAS GONE, I AM HAVING VERY IRRITATING ELECTRIC SHOCK LIKE PAIN, BURNING PAIN, STINGING PAIN, TINGLING AND PRICKING SENSATION IN MY LEFT LEG PARTICULARLY BELOW KNEE RIGHT UP TO FEET TOES AND FINGERS AND BELOW THE FEET CONSTANTLY PARTICULARLY IN NIGHT TIME IN BED. I AM 58 YEARS OLD MALE WITH SOUND HEALTH

  35. B.L.Nirala says:

    The disease commenced with reddish rashes and blisters left armpit.Alot of homeopathic,alopathic medicines were used for treatment but all invain.It converted into PHN .About 2-3 years have passed Now sever pain,tingling burning causing great discomfort .Please suggest a suitable medicine.

  36. Hello Dr Sharma, I have shingles affecting right side of chest and traveling under the armpit across right breast to breastbone. Developed after spinal injury. Pain worse at night and after activities, less during day and with application of heat. Little sleep. Little to no itching present. Vesicles are yellowish, sensitive to cold. The pain runs the whole range of shooting, stabbing, burning, and followed by spasms. Making me restless. Which of the remedies most nearly fits my symptoms?

  37. Subhendu Lahiri says:

    Sir Good Evening, My Son was Suffering of Epilepsy last Six Years and medication under NIMHANS bangalore but not stop his attack kindly sujjest me can you any best treatment in this regards.
    Regards.
    Subhendu Lahiri, Guwahati

  38. Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal says:

    15 days ago, developed herpies from mid of the head to left shoulder via neck. cured in 7 days but itching persists. Earlier pain on touch was also there but it is getting relief day to day. Due to itching , sleep is disturbed. Face is not affected but while rub the itching area it pains. while shaving pain was on face but gradually getting relief.

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