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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. Col Raghbir Singh says:

    I am Col Raghbir Singh (Retd) 75 years . In Apr 2020, I had HERPES below right chest tiwards right soulder. blisters gone after 20 dats, then shooting and stabbing pain started. Taking Gabapentin 300 in the morning and Gabapentin NT 400 IN THE evening. Hardly any relief . Lot of pain

  2. Dr.Sharma will the scarring fade away on the face after shingles?What should i take for nerve opain while healing?This is my third week of shingles.Nerve pain and itching keeps me awake in the nights.I am 32 yrs old and going through a tough time managing work with shingles.Appreciate your help.

  3. Merle Quinsaat says:

    Hello Dr Sharma,

    My name is Merle Quinsaat from San Diego, California. USA. I had shingle in 2019 and developed PHN after all blisters healed. It is in my left forearm and for 3 yrs I am suffering burning sensation and stabbing pain in the forearm area where the shingle blisters were. I hope to wean myself from Gabapentin that makes me feel loopey and the side effect of joint pain. Please help me find relief. I can no longer live with pain and sleepless nights

    • arun tiwari says:

      Draupadi Devi (veg) 90 yrs post herpatic joster scraping pain right waist region. Blisters vanished 2 yrs back. Arthritis Also and gas problem. always prefers homeo medicines except few allopathic doses.

      • arun tiwari says:

        Draupadi Devi (veg) 90 yrs post herpatic joster scraping pain right waist region. Blisters vanished 2 yrs back. Arthritis Also and gas problem. always prefers homeo medicines except few allopathic doses. Scrabbing pain.

  4. Gyan Prakash saxena says:

    I am suffering from G B Syndrom with tingling sensation in legs plus pain in legs
    I have started moving with walker please include with suitable homeo medicine thanks

  5. Hi Dr. Sharma, my mother is going through Postherpetic Neuralgia,
    She 72 years old , is a heart patient , asthmatic, diabetic.

    She is being administered with below medicines for her alignments
    Diapride M2
    Clopitorva 10
    Tazloc CT 6.25
    Galvus 50
    Odimont 10

    For her Postherpetic Neuralgia condition we are giving her Ultracet.
    We need your advise on what medication I give her in reducing her pain. Shingles for her appeared on her right side of her forehead.
    Though she has recovered from the virus , she is suffering from a lot of pain and burning.

    Requesting your help and advise

  6. Dipali srivastav says:

    Dear Doct.Sharma

    This is Dipali suffering with PHN last 6 months. Though paim is not severe but burning irritation is there some times.Area is right breast extending back. Geeling weak sometimes and sleep is disturbed. If u cam help me…..!

    * I am also having IPP last 1 and a half year. The moment doct gave steroyed 16 mg to suppress immunity ,herpes zoster popped up and then turn to phn.
    After 6 months i am narratimg my condition pl.coment

  7. Dipali srivastav says:

    Dear Doct.Sharma

    This is Dipali suffering with PHN last 6 months. Though paim is not severe but burning irritation is there some times.Area is right breast extending back. Geeling weak sometimes and sleep is disturbed. If u cam help me…..!

    * I am also having IPP last 1 and a half year. The moment doct gave steroyed 16 mg to suppress immunity ,herpes zoster popped up and then turn to phn.

  8. Adgupta says:

    I am suffering from post herpetic neuralgia need help adgupta

  9. Dipali srivastav says:

    Dear Dr. Sharma

    I am suffering with postherpetic neuralgia. 2 months over still i sm facing with burninig,pining , etc. If i touch that area lightly it burns and quite sensitive.But if i touch those area with little pressure nothing happens . ice massage gives some relief but after sometimes agan starts . Rheaffected area is quite broad.from breast to back side . On breast some blisters form doctor gave valtavol for 7 days .blisters disappear but one red patch still there. Normal skin is not coming and bning quite a long area though blisters were not there. Looking forsome remedy.

    • Girish Tiwari says:

      I am Girish Tiwari, 72+, Male
      I got Herpes Zoster in Right hand below elbow to wrist, wrist was also affected, in Dec 10th, On 1jan 22 blister subsidised, but immense pain on. Numbness in small finger, and four fingers. I have taken two months Noritrplin 20 mg and pregaba 150 mg daily. Also taken Ars Album 200, and Capsicum 30ch liquid three drops twice daily since last two months, But I am still having 24 hr pain in wrist and four fingers . It is almost level of 4 out of 10, intermittent pain grow to 7 or 8 level and then back to 4. Request your prescription, will transfer your consideration online.

  10. ali khan says:

    doctor sharma,
    some homeopathic doctors have prescribed belladona for our patient of phn.
    please guide

  11. Dr Sovendu Jha says:

    I am Dr Shovendu jha.
    After the second dose of covisheild I suffered from the attack’of Herpes zoaster of the facial nerve. Now I am suffering from post herpetic neuralgia.
    What should I take

  12. Ziya Ahmed Khan says:

    I have Herpetic post neuralgia and I am taking Ayurveda and Allopathy medicines but still I have no remedy hope you may help me though suffering from last 4 months

  13. Dipali srivastav says:

    Good afternoon Dr.Sharma
    Iam suffering with postherpic neuralgia period for lat 15 days i.e since 12 january though burning is little less now but nipple area crunching is there and i am feeling sensation to rigjt hand till fingers. Entire right side from breast to back i am attacked with herpes zoster..on breast blister skin disappear but still red with burning .i cant touch those patches burning is there. In addition to it licken planus iam sufering with last 10 months.Doct is telling it will take time everything is allright but i am tremendus under stress.


    Good Afternoon Dr. Sharma,
    I suffered from Shingles in last week of Dec-2020 and after taking some medicines (Antibiotic & Herpex-200 Tablet) the skin wound now gone. But there is still a lot of pain in the affected area in my right side back and arm upto elbow.

    Please suggest some medicine, as I heard that this is called posthereptic neuralgia pain and lasts for months.

  15. Good Evening Dr. Sharma
    I have posthereptic neuralgia in my armnpit and right chest.
    Can I take Rhus Tox 200 and Ranaculous Bulbous 200
    With three days gap in between them

  16. Anand Behera says:

    Hello Dr. Sharma

    I am Anand Behera age 29 was having a herpes zoster singles on my face that’s between my eye and ear of left side. After taking allopathic medicine it is completely cured but now I am suffering from post hepithetic neuralgia. I am suffering from nervous pain and itching on the same area of herpes. While touching to the same area it becomes hiper sensitive. It feels like something is crowling inside the nervous.

    Please help me to get the solution and provide me medicine name with potency.

    Anand Behera

  17. Mrs Aruna Bhowmick says:

    Dear Dr Sharma,
    I am a 69 year old woman. In the first week of March this year I got Herpes Zoster in my left hand, I was treated with alopathic medicines and subsequently diagnosed as post herpetic nurelgia after a fortnight. Now the palm and fingers of my left hand are generally always swollen, burning & feel extremely dry. There is an excruciating pain under the finger nail of my left ring finger which is unbearable at peak.
    Keeping it cool tends to relieve it very marginally.
    Currently I am on homeopathic treatment wherein the response seems very slow, if at all.
    Could you kindly advise me regarding the homeopathic medicines that I should take as also by when I can expect some relief. I take alopathic for my blood pressure for quite some time now.

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  19. Denis Merz says:

    shingles attacked sciatic nerve which left me with PHN in my right foot. Wearing footwear rubs against side of foot and aggravates which I guess is the affected dermatone. Have had this condition for the past 3/4 months. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  20. sushma srikrishna says:

    HI Dr Sharma,

    I had herpes a year back and had got the treatment then. After few months i experienced pin like sensitivity in the area where i had herpes. i took homeopathic medicine from life force and Ayurveda medicines along side for 4months and i felt really better. Now again i am experiencing little pain around the area , along with tingling in my feet and twitching of muscles all over the body. Does this tingling and twitching a symptom of post herpetic neuralgia, please confirm. I also experience a mild pain at the left of my back, is it because of this. I am not able to understand the origin of the problem i have . Could you please help me identify the issue and provide a treatment.

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