Shingles (herpes zoster) is an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin that is a disease caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you have chickenpox, the chickenpox virus remains inactive in your body in certain nerves. If the virus does become active again, usually later in life, it causes shingles. If you've had chickenpox, you are at risk for shingles. More than 90% of adults in the United States have had chickenpox.
In 1992 French biologists working at the Laboratoire de Pharmacognosie, Faculte de Pharmacie in Rennes France, found that all of the herpes viruses were inhibited or killed by extracts from olive leaf. They supported their findings by citing 28 references to the virucidal qualities of oleuropein in their report.
Olive Leaf is used to boost energy levels. People with low energy levels who are prone to colds and viruses may benefit from taking Olive Leaf as a nutritional supplement. As Olive Leaf appears to have a beneficial effect on the immune system helping fight the effects of herpes I and II (oral and genital), dental infections, shingles (herpes zoster) and recurring urinary tract infections. They say you can't "cure" herpes or shingles, but we think you're doing pretty darn well if you have successfully avoided a herpes outbreak for a number of years.
A recent study estimated that up to 1 million cases of shingles occur every year in the United States. Most of the people who get shingles are older than 50 years of age. As the population ages, the number of shingles cases will most likely increase.
Signs of Shingles
The first sign of shingles is often burning or tingling pain, or sometimes numbness or itch, in one particular location on only one side of the body. You can come down with a case of shingles at any time, without warning. Usually the first sign is an itchy or painful feeling on a single area of your body. This will be followed by a rash, which turns into fluid-filled blisters. Even before the rash appears, the pain can be moderate to severe. Pain before the rash may be confused with the pain of glaucoma, a heart attack, kidney stones or appendicitis, and other conditions. This can sometimes make shingles difficult to diagnose early on.
Effects of Shingles
Long-term nerve pain, called postherpetic neuralgia or PHN, is the most common complication of shingles. The pain can range from tenderness, burning, or throbbing to pain that is stabbing, shooting, or sharp. This pain can last for days, weeks, months, sometimes even for years. The pain of shingles can affect your daily living and your emotional health and well being.
A person with a shingles rash can pass the virus to someone, usually a child, who has never had chickenpox, but the child will develop chickenpox, not shingles. A person with chickenpox cannot communicate shingles to someone else. Shingles comes from the virus hiding inside the person's body, not from an outside source.
The severity and duration of an attack of shingles can be significantly reduced by immediate treatment with antiviral herbs and drugs, which include olive leaf, acyclovir, valcyclovir, or famcyclovir. Antiviral drugs may also help stave off the painful after-effects of shingles known as postherpetic neuralgia. Other treatments for postherpetic neuralgia include steroids, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and topical agents. Enhancing the immune system with good diet, exercise, olive leaf and meditation can help prevent shingles outbreaks as well.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conduct shingles research in laboratories at the NIH and also support additional research through grants to major medical institutions across the country. Current research is aimed at finding new methods for treating shingles and its complications.
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"Unfortunately most herb stores do not have fresh olive leaf. If you can't find some, go to a Plant Nursery -- they might have a olive tree you can grow one at your home. It is best to buy a large olive tree already. This way you do not have to wait for it to grow. You can use it immediately.
At Olivus we pick, cure and package olive leaf from mature Manzanillo and Mission olive trees only. Our leaf is fresh, organic and shipped directly to you.
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