Shingles, also known as chickenpox, herpes zoster, zona zoster, is caused by re-activation of the
varicella-zoster virus (human herpes virus type 3). Shingles is an acute viral inflammation of the sensory
ganglia of spinal and cranial nerves associated with a vesicular eruption and
neuralgic pain. Optimal treatment requires use of medicinal
substances to treat both the cause and the symptoms. Treating the cause
requires use of antiviral agents to suppress the virus and shorten the duration
of infection. Treating the symptoms requires use of medicines to reduce
inflammation and pain.
(HZ) is an herbal formula specifically formulated to treat shingles
(herpes zoster). In traditional Chinese medicine, the history of treating
shingles is well-documented, with the first recorded treatment in Huang Di
Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic) from the second century A.D.
Shingles is generally diagnosed as the presence of damp-heat, fire and toxins,
accompanied by underlying deficiencies. Therefore, Dermatrol (HZ)
incorporates herbs specifically to drain damp-heat, purge fire, eliminate
toxins, and tonify the underlying deficiencies.
In this formula, Dao Di Wu Gong (Rhizoma Heliminthostachytis)
is used as the principle herb as it has a unique effect to clear heat and
eliminate toxins. The use of this herb has been documented to effectively treat
shingles, both in internal and topical formulations. Long Dan (Radix
et Rhizoma Gentianae) and Jin
Qian Cao (Herba
Lysimachiae) clear damp-heat from the Liver and Gallbladder channels.
Together, they drain damp-heat through urination. Huang Lian
(Rhizoma Coptidis), Huang
Phellodendri Chinensis) and Zhi Zi
(Fructus Gardeniae) clear damp-heat from upper, middle and lower jiaos,
and enable this formula to treat shingles affecting different parts of the
body. Jin Yin Hua (Flos Lonicerae Japonicae), Lian Qiao (Fructus Forsythiae) and Jing
Jie (Herba Schizonepetae) clear heat and toxins from the exterior to
treat lesions and sores. Niu
Bang Zi (Fructus
Arctii), Pu Gong Ying (Herba Taraxaci), Zi Hua Di Ding (Herba
Violae) and Chong Lou (Rhizoma Paridis)
clear heat and eliminate toxins from the interior to treat lesions and
sores. Chi Shao (Radix Paeoniae Rubra)
activates blood circulation and relieves pain. Adequate blood circulation will
ensure proper healing of the lesions. Di Huang
(Radix Rehmanniae) and Mu
Dan Pi (Cortex
Moutan) nourish yin and clear deficiency heat. They also prevent all the
bitter and cold herbs from consuming the yin and fluids of the body. Lastly, Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae)
harmonizes all the herbs in this formula.
In short, Dermatrol (HZ)
is an herbal formula that utilizes thousands of years of clinical experiences
to treat shingles. It shortens the duration and reduces the severity of illness
by using herbs to drain damp-heat, purge fire, eliminate toxins and tonify the
CAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS
formula is bitter and cold, and may cause nausea and vomiting in individuals
who have a sensitive stomach. Therefore, it may be taken with food to minimize
such adverse reactions.
formula should be stopped once symptoms are cleared. It is not recommended for
(HZ) is a potent herbal formula that treats shingles. It should be used
immediately with the first warning signs of herpes outbreak, and continued
until the remission. However, it should not be taken indefinitely as this
formula is relatively strong, and may weaken the overall constitution if taken
for a long period of time. Discontinue use after symptoms have cleared. However,
if there is still pain, herbs can be continued for a few more days. Acupuncture
is a more effective method for treating the pain after herpetic lesions have
therapy is most effective if it is started immediately, upon experiencing the
first warning signs. The dosage may be doubled on the first two days to speed
up the initial onset of action. The herbal therapy should be continued until
the course of infection is terminated. Possible warning signs and symptoms may
include: headache, flu-like symptoms (usually without a fever), and sensitivity
to light, followed by itching, tingling, or even severe pain in the area of the
lesions can also be treated topically, in conjunction with taking herbs orally.
There are two topical treatments that are quite effective:
The first topical treatment uses an herbal paste
made from mixing the extract granules of 2 parts Da Huang
(Radix et Rhizoma Rhei), 2 parts Huang Bo (Cortex Phellodendri
Chinensis), 1 part Wu Bei Zi (Galla Chinensis), and 1 part Mang Xiao
(Natrii Sulfas) with petroleum jelly. The herbal paste is to be applied
topically and covered with gauze. The herbal paste should be changed on a daily
second topical treatment uses Hai Jin Sha (Spora Lygodii) as an
herbal wash. Mix 1 tablespoon of the extract granule of Hai Jin Sha (Spora Lygodii) with 1 cup
of water and apply topically as a wash after shower.
is important to see an ophthalmologist if the shingles lesions appear near the
eyes. If untreated, herpes zoster infection of the eye may lead to blindness.
enhance the overall effect to treat genital herpes, combine with Gentiana Complex.
enhance the overall effect to treat oral herpes, combine with Lonicera Complex.
enhance the antiviral effect, add Herbal AVR.
post-herpetic nerve pain, combine with Flex (NP).
strengthen the immune system and minimize the recurrences of shingles, use Immune + and
Nourish on a regular basis at low doses.
chronic pain without blisters but dark appearance at the place of the lesions,
add Circulation (SJ).
fever, add Gardenia Complex.
technique is very effective in the treatment of shingles. Wear gloves and bleed
the local area with a lancet needle. Finish by applying Zi Yun Gao (Purple Cloud Ointment).
(LI 4), Zhigou (TH 6), Yanglingquan (GB 34). Insert needles 0.5 cun deep
all along the sides of the shingles (use between 4 and 16 needles).
plum-blossom needles all along the sides of the shingles. Be careful not
to tap directly on the lesions. Tap until there is slight bleeding from the
Shingles with more itching (wind): Quchi (LI 11), Fengchi (GB 20), Hegu (LI 4), Waiguan (TH 5), Yanglingquan (GB 34), Xuehai (SP 10)
Shingles with more burning sensations (toxic heat):
ah shi points, Huatuojiaji,
Quchi (LI 11), Waiguan
(TH 5), Yanglingquan (GB 34)
Shingles with more pain (qi and blood
stagnation): Zhangmen (LR 13),
Yifeng (TH 17), Zhigou
(TH 6), Yanglingquan (GB 34)
Shingles with wet lesions (dampness and Spleen
deficiency): Zusanli (ST 36),
Qimen (LR 14), Yuanye
(GB 22), Fenglong (ST 40), Zhigou (TH 6), ah shi points
Master Tung's Points:
* Herpes zoster: Linggu (T 22.05), Tianhuang
(T 88.13), Minghuang (T 88.12), Qihuang (T 88.14), Simashang (T 88.18), Simazhong
(T 88.17), Simaxia (T 88.19), Shuitong (T 1010.19), Shuijin (T 1010.20)
* Herpes of the eyes: Shangbai
(T 22.03), Tianhuangfu [Shenguan] (T 77.18), Huoying (T 66.03), Simazhong
* Bleed the LU area below the knees. Bleed before
needling for best result.
Tung’s Points by Dr. Chuan-Min Wang:
* Shingles: Bleed Zhiwu (T 11.26) or around
shingles area, 1 cun away from the
border of the shingles rash. Needle around shingles area, 0.5 cun away from the border of the shingles
Method by Dr. Richard Tan:
* Shingles on the rib cage: Needle
bilaterally ah shi points
from Chize (LU 5) to Kongzui (LU 6), Tongli (HT 5) to Shaohai (HT 3), and from Waiguan (TH 5) to Sidu (TH 9), and Yanggu (SI
5) to Xiaohai (SI 8)
Medicine by Dr. Li-Chun Huang:
* Herpes zoster: Allergic Area, Endocrine,
Adrenal Gland, Shenmen, Occiput, Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen, Lung, corresponding
point (to the area affected). Bleed Ear Apex.
herpes zoster with insomnia, add Neurasthenia Area, Neurasthenia Point, and
are many nutrients that are essential for preventing, fighting, and healing of
shingles. Some examples include garlic, L-lysine, calcium, magnesium, and
vitamins A, B, C, and E.
following foods are also beneficial: brewer’s yeast, brown rice, garlic, raw
fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and foods rich in vitamins.
foods that are spicy, fried or greasy. Refrain from foods that are high in
L-carnitine, such as peanuts, chocolate, and corn. Shellfish and seafood are
also contraindicated. Foods high in L-arginine should also be avoided, as there
is a correlation between L-arginine consumption and herpetic viral activity.
spicy/pungent/aromatic vegetables such as pepper, garlic, onions, basil,
rosemary, cumin, funnel, anise, leeks, chives, scallions, thyme, saffron,
wormwood, mustard, chili pepper, and wasabi.
Tao of Nutrition by Dr. Maoshing Ni and Cathy McNease:
grated, raw yam locally or mix with a pinch of borax.
* Shingles attack may be triggered
by many factors, including but not limited to emotional or physical stress,
spinal cord injuries, and conditions that cause immunodeficiency. All these
conditions and situations should be avoided, if at all possible.
with shingles should avoid direct skin contact with others, as the fluid from
shingles blisters is contagious, and exposure to it can cause chickenpox (but
is important to take good general care
of skin sores, such as not scratching blisters and keeping the skin
clean and dry.
careful at the gym, as the virus may be transmitted through physical contact,
such as via exercise mats.
and cold compresses are helpful and soothing.
alcohol and tobacco products.
65-year-old male farmer complained of shingles lesions that started one week
ago at the left chest area, which then spread throughout the ribs and the back.
The pain was described as burning, stabbing, and extremely painful. The patient
had yellow urine, normal bowel movement, and a wiry-forceful pulse. This
condition was diagnosed as damp-heat and Liver fire. The patient was treated
with Dermatrol (HZ) orally. The patient was also instructed to
use Hai Jin Sha (Spora Lygodii) as an herbal wash topically to the affected area once daily. After four days
of internal and external treatments, the shingles lesions decreased in size,
and the pain was reduced significantly. After seven days, the patient reported
complete recovery. Anonymous.
a 58-year-old female, presented with itching and severe burning on the right
side of her face as well as other parts of her scalp. Objective findings
included red discoloration at the sites of pain. Allopathic antiviral and
analgesic medicines had been taken, yet unsatisfactory results were obtained.
The practitioner diagnosed this condition as deficiency of yin and blood with
rising damp/heat/fire/toxins. For treatment, Dermatrol (HZ) was
prescribed. After the second acupuncture treatment, pain was reduced by 50%.
Her pain was nearly eliminated after one month of treatment, with the addition
(HZ) having a synergistic effect as well. Submitted by J.B., Camarillo,
AND CLINICAL RESEARCH
(HZ) is formulated with many herbs that address the overall condition
of herpes infection, including use of herbs to treat the virus, reduce the
inflammation, relieve pain, and facilitate the healing of lesions and sores.
Proper use of herbs has been shown to decrease the severity of symptoms,
shorten the duration of infection, and reduce the frequency of recurrences.
herpes is a viral infection, Dermatrol (HZ) is formulated
with many herbs that have marked antiviral effects. Pharmacologically, both the
ethanol and water extract of Huang
Phellodendri Chinensis) has been shown to have specific antiviral
activity against the herpes virus.
Extracts of Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae) have displayed a wide
spectrum of antiviral activity. Specifically, baicalein and wogonin, two
compounds from the herb, boost innate antiviral immunity by stimulating the
production of cytokines and increasing the resistance to viral infection in
human leukocytes. Pu Gong Ying (Herba
Taraxaci) has been described as “highly effective” against the herpes
virus, according to a study that evaluate 472 traditional medicinal herbs for
their antiviral effect.
Clinically, topical application of herbs is also effective for treatment of
herpes zoster, such as with topical application of Dao Di Wu Gong (Rhizoma Heliminthostachytis) and Long Dan (Radix et
Other herbs with antiviral effects include Huang Lian
(Rhizoma Coptidis), Chi
Paeoniae Rubra), Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae), and Zi Hua Di Ding (Herba Violae). These herbs
have been shown to effectively suppress the replication of the virus and reduce
the duration of viral infections.,,,
reduce inflammation and relieve pain, Dermatrol (HZ)
incorporates many herbs with excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae), Huang Lian (Rhizoma Coptidis) and Huang Bo (Cortex Phellodendri Chinensis)
all have significant anti-inflammatory effects, and have been used to treat
different skin disorders. Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae) exerts
its anti-inflammatory effect via inhibition of nitric oxide, cyclo-oxygenase-2,
prostaglandin E2, and proinflammatory cytokines. Huang Lian (Rhizoma Coptidis)
illustrates its anti-inflammatory effect through suppression of tumor necrosis
factor-α, interleukin-1β and nitrite oxide. Huang Bo (Cortex Phellodendri Chinensis)
reduces inflammation by inhibiting the production of proinflammatory cytokines
in a dose-dependent manner.
Together, these three herbs have an excellent synergistic effect to treat many
inflammatory disorders. In addition to these three herbs, Gan Cao (Radix et Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae)
is also used to reduce inflammation, though its mechanism of action is
completely different. Gan
Cao (Radix et
Rhizoma Glycyrrhizae) enhances the overall duration of effect of
cortisone and decreases sensitivity to stimuli. The anti-inflammatory influence
of glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetinic
acid, two compounds in this herb, is approximately 1/10th that of
Dermatrol (HZ) uses herbs with analgesic effects to relieve pain.
Jing Jie (Herba Schizonepetae) has
been shown to reduce inflammation and relieve pain by decreasing levels of cyclo-oxygenase
and nitric oxide synthase. Lian Qiao (Fructus
Forsythiae) has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae) has a
marked analgesic effect to relieve pain, and may be used either internally or
Clinically, one study reported a marked effect to treat neuralgia affecting various parts of the body by using
an herbal formula that contains Chi Shao (Radix
Paeoniae Rubra), Huang Qin
(Radix Scutellariae) and
Dermatrol (HZ) uses many herbs to facilitate the healing of herpetic lesions and sores and to shorten
the duration of illness, such as Dao Di Wu Gong (Rhizoma
Heliminthostachytis), Zi Hua Di
Ding (Herba Violae), and Chong Lou (Rhizoma Paridis). Jing Jie (Herba
Schizonepetae) is also added for its
function to relieve itching and general skin discomfort.
summary, Dermatrol (HZ) is an herbal formula that treats
both the cause and the symptoms of shingles. It contains herbs with antiviral
effects to treat the herpes infection. Furthermore, it contains herbs with
anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects to treat the symptoms of shingles.
also known as chickenpox or herpes zoster, is a viral infection with an acute
inflammation of the sensory ganglia of spinal and cranial nerves associated
with a vesicular eruption and neuralgic pain. There is no specific treatment in
Western medicine. However, certain drugs may be used to treat the symptoms. Wet
compresses are soothing when applied topically. Aspirin and Elavil (amitriptyline) are
sometimes used to relieve pain. Antiviral drugs, such as Zovirax (acyclovir) and Valtrex
are recommended only in individuals with weakened immune systems, such as
geriatric and pediatric patients. In short, most of these drugs relieve
symptoms, but do not change the course of infection or reduce its severity.
are very effective to treat the cause and the symptoms of shingles. As
described above, many herbs have been shown via in vitro and in vivo
studies to effectively treat viral infections by reducing its severity and
duration. Furthermore, many herbs have excellent analgesic effects to relieve
pain and anti-inflammatory effects to reduce inflammation. Though there is no
cure, herbs do offer excellent short- and long-term relief. Finally, after the
shingles are resolved, patients should follow the guidelines established in
Nutrition and Lifestyles Instructions sections to strengthen the body and