In the medical world, shingles seems like a diagnosis that's pretty straightforward. You have a patient with a textbook rash, pain on one side of the face or back, the diagnosis is clear - herpes zoster.

If that were true, there would be no need for this article.

The truth is that the herpes zoster virus is responsible for a host of mysterious symptoms, from rashes that baffle dermatologists to neurological symptoms such as tremors, numbness, burning, spasms, chronic migraines, headaches, and more. Undetected varieties of herpes zoster are responsible for diseases such as Bell's palsy, frozen shoulder syndrome, painful diabetic neuropathy, colitis, vaginal burning, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica, tooth and gum pain, bruxism (grinding with teeth), jaw pain, burning tongue, many cases of Lyme disease and even misdiagnosed multiple sclerosis .

Herpes zoster is a disease that manifests itself with fever, headache, rashes, pain in the joints, muscles, neck, sharp nerve pain, burning nerve pain and other extremely unpleasant symptoms. The earliest strains of herpes zoster appeared in the early 20th century. Medical circles believe that the cause of the disease is the zoster virus, which is from the family of herpes viruses . And this is actually true, but only partially so.

What medical research and science still do not know is that there is not just one type of herpes zoster virus, but 31 varieties. This is important because different types of shingles cause different symptoms. It also matters because the medical community doesn't even recognize that most cases of shingles are the result of a virus. For example, any of the more aggressive varieties of shingles can cause Lyme disease symptoms (including neurological Lyme disease), but doctors still believe that Lyme disease is caused by bacteria. (For more information on Lyme disease, read the revised and expanded edition of The Healing Medium .)

In this article, we'll look at 15 of the most common types of shingles, which are almost always treated incorrectly—sometimes with immunosuppressants, steroids, and antibiotics that further damage health. You'll find out what the symptoms of shingles are and how they're transmitted, what the triggers are, what the unique characteristics of each strain are, and how to best deal with the two main categories of the virus—those that cause rashes and those that don't. cause. This way, you will be able to identify and defeat each variety of the virus and live a healthy life.


Signs that you may have a shingles infection include high fever and chills, headache or migraine, pain, burning, itching, tingling, red rash and/or pustules (pus-filled blisters on the skin).

Medical circles believe that the last two symptoms - a red rash and pustules - invariably accompany herpes zoster. In fact, they are classic manifestations of one of its varieties. The rash is usually on the lower back, upper back, chest, shoulder, or neck. If the patient develops rashes and pustules in unusual places, doctors usually do not attribute them to this virus. This is a common diagnostic error. Seven strains of shingles do cause rashes somewhere on the body, just not always in the expected places.

Another eight strains did not cause rashes at all. So, if you're experiencing most of the symptoms of shingles, but you don't have any signs on your skin, and your doctor can't determine the cause of your illness, you most likely have non-rash shingles.


As with any virus from the family of herpes viruses , infection with herpes zoster can occur in a variety of ways. You can catch it in your mother's womb, through a transfusion of infected blood, through the exchange of body fluids... or even while eating out if the cook cuts himself while preparing your food!

The chicken pox myth

Contrary to the current beliefs of medical research and science, one of the ways you cannot get shingles is as a result of chicken pox. Your doctor may tell you that if you've had chicken pox, sooner or later you'll get shingles. This is not true. The only thing that chicken pox and shingles have in common is that they are both in the family of herpes viruses that can cause rashes. Chicken pox is a completely different type of herpes virus that has nothing to do with shingles.

Why are we being told that shingles is related to chicken pox when it is not? This is a prime example of a mass delusion that started out as a simple logical assumption but then became entrenched in common understanding. Not to mention that medical research and science have little to no responsibility when it comes to viruses. They don't have enough information and know very little in this area. The Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated this quite well.

Latent state and triggers

If you are infected with shingles or are a carrier of the virus, you probably won't know it for a long time. Chances are you'll carry the virus for at least 10 years, and maybe even 50 years or more, before it manifests itself. With newer varieties and mutations of the herpes zoster virus, the latent period can be much shorter, meaning that symptoms may appear only a few months after infection.

The virus hides in one of your organs – usually your liver, where it cannot be detected by your immune system. It doesn't rush until some traumatic physical or emotional event weakens you and/or provides the environment to make the virus stronger (eg feeding the virus foods it likes to eat). Events such as betrayal, financial problems, or heartbreak can sometimes be enough to act as a trigger.

If you have a strong immune system and/or no triggers in your life, some strains of the shingles virus may lie dormant throughout your life and never cause you noticeable harm.

But if your immune system is slightly compromised (for example, due to zinc deficiency , exposure to toxic heavy metals, or other viruses, such as EBV or herpes simplex 1 ), the shingles virus can leave its shelter and go on a crusade through your body. waiting for an opportunity for a massive attack. The virus usually targets the lower spine by inflaming the sciatic nerve. So if you're experiencing intermittent lower back pain that seems to come and go for no apparent reason, it could be the herpes zoster virus that travels between the liver and the spine. In many cases, when the herpes zoster virus enters the lower spine, it can cause sharp and even paralyzing back pain. Often, if the pain persists, specialists recommend surgery. In many cases, the operation does not help and the pain continues and sometimes even worsens. If you've had back surgery and the outcome wasn't as favorable as you'd hoped, consider that you may have a shingles virus infection at the same time, causing inflammation and pain.

The best strategy against mild and severe attacks of herpes zoster is preventive - that is. to avoid situations that may encourage the virus to come out of its latent state. One easy way to do this is to avoid foods that feed the shingles virus.


There are seven strains of shingles that cause rashes. Although the pustules that form are painful if they are in an easily noticeable place that the doctor associates with the classic variety of shingles, in a way you can feel lucky because at least the doctor will know that you have shingles and not attribute the rashes of an idiopathic condition. However, most herpes zoster rashes may not be recognized by the doctor because they are in an unusual place or break out in an atypical form.

These seven strains have very similar symptoms. They differ mainly in the different types and locations of the rashes they produce.

Classic herpes zoster

The rash appears anywhere from the chest to the thighs. This may include a rash on the lower back or near the top of the buttock. It can also cover one or the other side of the body, on one or the other leg (but not both). This is the kind of shingles they show you on TV commercials and which is (erroneously) associated with chicken pox. It is the most common strain of the virus, which doctors mistakenly think is the only one.

Herpes zoster on the upper body

The rash appears from the chest up – for example on the upper chest, shoulders or neck, but not on the arms. This rash most closely resembles the classic variety of the virus.

Shingles on both hands

The rash appears exclusively on both hands and both palms. In addition, pustules are different - they look like pimples, some are larger and others are smaller, and sometimes quite far from each other.

Shingles on one hand

The rash only appears on one arm. It can be on either hand, but not both. Here the pustules also look more like small and large pimples spaced apart.

Herpes zoster on the head

The rash appears on the top and sides of the head (including the face). You can also have this variety inside the mouth – on the tongue, throat, or anywhere else in the mouth. The resulting pustules are smaller than those of the above varieties and sometimes have small "horns" on top. The medical community often misdiagnoses this type as a fungus that should be treated with an antifungal or steroid cream.

Shingles on both legs

The rash breaks out on both legs and nowhere else. Outwardly, they differ from those of standard herpes zoster because the blisters are in the shape of a constellation.

Herpes zoster in the vagina

Affecting only women, this strain causes a rash that appears outside but near the vagina - eg. between the rectum and the vagina, or in the lower part of the buttocks, or in the crotch area. This strain is particularly distinctive, but doctors often misdiagnose it as sexually transmitted herpes... causing unnecessary emotional pain to hundreds of thousands of women around the world. The main difference between these two herpes is that the herpes zoster strain presents with significant pain, while genital herpes caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) is usually painless. In addition, the herpes zoster rash covers a larger area from the genitals to the upper part of the buttocks, while the other is concentrated only in the genital area.

Herpes zoster neurotoxin

One of the misconceptions about shingles is that the virus hides just below the skin rash. This is not true at all. The virus hides much deeper under the skin and even in the bloodstream and liver at the same time, positioning itself to inflame your nervous system as efficiently as possible.

The virus secretes a unique mixture of neurotoxin and dermatotoxin in all seven strains mentioned. The viral venom spreads outward to your peripheral nerves and skin. It is this neurotoxin-dermatoxin that causes the itchy, itchy red rashes and pustules that herpes zoster is known for.

Toxic heavy metals (such as mercury, aluminum, and copper) are some of the herpes zoster virus' favorite foods. It is these metals that allow the virus to create its neurotoxin and dermatotoxin. (Herpes zoster also loves eggs; it's another favorite food of the virus.)

Although these seven strains create nerve damage both on the skin and far below it that can be quite painful, they are actually the mildest forms of shingles. If you have a strong immune system and do nothing to strengthen the virus, your body can flush it out on its own.

In the continuation of this article: Herpes zoster - the real cause of a number of diseases (part 2) , you will find the following topics:
  • Shingles without rash
  • Treatment of herpes zoster
  • Exacerbation and symptoms after healing from herpes zoster
  • Medicinal foods
  • Medicinal herbs and nutritional supplements

Materials from the revised and supplemented edition of the book "The Healer Medium" were used for the article .

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