Patient QI found a study that looked at the effect of certain oral enzymes combined with drugs containing papain, bromelain, trypsin and chymotrypsin on patients with inflammatory conditions, including Herpes Zoster. It concluded that this combined therapy showed a marked benefit to the treatment of these diseases.
It is a well known fact that Vitamin C helps our immune system function well. It is depleted in viral infections and this can lead to the development of post herpetic neuralgia. A study observed the effects of intravenously administering Vitamin C to patients and found that this may have beneficial effects on herpes zoster-associated pain. The paper recommends further controlled studies to confirm their conclusions.
Coenzyme Q10, Selenium, alpha tocopherol
Patient QI found a paper that reporte don two controlled clinical trials that evaluated the ability of nutriceutical dosages of coenzyme Q(10), α-tocopherol, selenium aspartate, and L-methionine associated with established therapies, to speed up the healing process in two viral skin infections (Shingles and Human Papilloma Virus). In the second trial an antiviral alone was compared with an antiviral plus the nutraceutical in herpes infections. Results showed that the nutriceutical group had significantly faster healing with less relapses compared to control groups. The results were confirmed by decreased viral load, increased antiviral cytokine levels and better plasma antioxidant capacity in the experimental versus control groups.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
Patient QI found a recent study that explored the efficacy of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) combined with locally injected Vitamin B12 in relieving pain in patients with postherpetic neuralgia. Results showed TENS in combination with local cobalamin injection has a significant analgesic effect.