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Shingles / Herpes zoster

What is herpes zoster?

Commonly known as shingles, a viral infection that causes a painful skin rash. Although it can occur anywhere on the body, it most often occurs as a band of blisters around the left or right side of the torso.

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox, the virus remains inactive in the nervous tissue, near the spinal cord and the brain. Years later, the virus can be reactivated causing shingles.

While it is not a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful. Vaccines can help reduce the risk and early treatment can help shorten the duration of the infection, thus reducing the chances of complications.

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Which mushrooms have useful properties for herpes?

Lion’s Mane, Shiitake and Pleurotus are significantly useful in supporting the health of the bowel, balancing gut microbiota (helpful bacteria in gut) and reducing stress to help with constipation.


Unique molecules in this mushroom have shown anti-viral properties. The mushrooms works by awakening the immune system to combat the virus.
Also used infectious processes.


Contains natural anti-inflammatory properties
The properties of Reishi make it a great anti-inflammatory and one of the most powerful natural antioxidants that exist.

External care
At a topical level, the extracts of Reishi and Cordyceps can help to reduce skin rash by regulating the immune activity and inflammation.

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