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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-11 07:46 PM
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5. Something of interest.
Enzyme therapy seems to be highly effective for the initial attack, capsaizin (sp) cream is elaborated on after this clip... and it is approved for PHN.

http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21722

Principal Proposed Natural Treatments

For the initial attack of shingles, proteolytic enzymes may be helpful.Capsaicin cream is an FDA-approved treatment for PHN.
Proteolytic Enzymes

There is some evidence that proteolytic enzymes may be helpful for the initial attack of shingles. Proteolytic enzymes are produced by the pancreas to aid in digestion of protein, and certain foods also contain these enzymes. Besides their use in digestion, these enzymes may have some effects in the body as a whole when taken orally. The most-studied proteolytic enzymes include papain (from papaya), bromelain (from pineapple), and trypsin and chymotrypsin (extracted from the pancreas of various animals).

A double-blind study of 190 people with shingles compared proteolytic enzymes to the standard antiviral drug acyclovir. 1 Participants were treated for 14 days and their pain was assessed at intervals. Although both groups had similar pain relief, the enzyme-treated group experienced fewer side effects.

Similar results were seen in another double-blind study in which 90 people were given either an injection of acyclovir or enzymes, followed by a course of oral medication for 7 days. 2 Proteolytic enzymes are thought to benefit cases of shingles by decreasing the body's inflammatory response and regulating immune response to the virus.

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