IVC for Shingles
Shingles is an acute inflammation of nerve ganglia caused by the herpes zoster virus. The pain experienced in acute shingles can be debilitating and about 18% of people with confirmed shingles develop postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) which can linger for many months.1
Patients having IVC treatment for acute shingles have reported clear benefit in terms of reduced pain, increased energy and healing of rash. No significant side effects with treatment were reported. IVC can be considered a useful adjunctive treatment to help improve symptoms and reduce pain.
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