Shingles: Effective Relief for Acute Outbreaks

By: Dr. David G. Webb
By: Dr. David G. Webb
By: Dr. David G. Webb
By: Dr. David G. Webb

Shingles is caused by an infection of the nerves with one of the herpes viruses, herpes zoster. This is the same virus that causes Chicken Pox, and in fact, you can only get shingles if you have previously had Chicken Pox.  It is important to quickly diagnose and treat Shingles, since untreated, the outbreak can be extensive and extremely painful.  One of the tell-tale signs of Shingles is that the rash and blisters are, with very few exceptions, isolated to only one side of the body, not crossing the midline.  The first symptoms are pain in the skin and muscles.  In this initial stage there are no rash or blisters, and this stage can last for several days.  After this initial stage, the painful area breaks out with rash and small, fluid-filled, painful blisters.  Even with conventional pharmaceutical treatment, this stage can last for several weeks.  When the rash and blisters resolve, it simply means the virus has become dormant again.  Currently there are no conventional treatments that can completely eliminate herpes zoster from the body.  The conventional approach to treating Shingles involves use of anti-viral pharmaceutical drugs, such as Acyclovir.  Anti-viral medicines shorten the course of the outbreak, shortening the time until the virus again becomes dormant, but for many this still means weeks of excruciating pain.  

In San Francisco, in the 1920s, a group of M.D.s lead by Dr. Albert Abrams, did pioneering research into the use of specific electromagnetic frequencies to heal various diseases.  Dr. Abrams discovered a frequency pair useful in the treatment of infections.  As it turns out, current use of this frequency pair has shown that it is very specific to the class of herpes viruses, including herpes zoster.  The modern treatment that evolved from this discovery is called Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM).  It is a completely painless and non-invasive treatment that has quickly become the most effective treatment available to date for resolving the pain, rash and blisters associated with Shingles.

In the “Non-Pharmacologic Treatment of Shingles” published in Practical Pain Management in 2010, Dr. Carolyn McMakin, the creator of modern FSM, has observed that the widespread use of her FSM Shingles protocol has resulted in a very predictable treatment outcome.  If treatment begins in the initial stage, before any rash or blisters are seen, a single two hour treatment will cause the virus to immediately go dormant again, ending the acute outbreak.  If treatment begins after the rash and blisters have appeared, following a single two hour treatment the pain usually goes away completely within 20 minutes and the blisters dry up and heal in about 48 hours.  Further treatments are usually not needed.  For further information on FSM, or to read the entire paper on the FSM treatment of shingles and find an FSM practitioner near you, visit

Dr. David Webb is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine at David G. Webb, DOM, PA in Wilton Manors, Florida ( who specializes in pain and injury. He can be contacted at 954-289-8901.

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