Alright folks, we’re going to dive into some deep topics today. And that’s talking about viral infections - primarily Herpes, but this also applies to shingles and chickenpox.
Now you may be wondering - how many people are exposed to this? Is it relevant to me?
“Fifty to 80 percent of American adults have oral herpes (HSV-1), which causes cold sores or fever blisters in or around the mouth. Genital herpes, caused by HSV-1 or HSV-2, affects one out of every six people in the U.S. age 14 to 49.” (Article 3.)
Many of you may not be exposed to this, but for any of you who are curious and would like to know more, then let’s dive deeper.
What exactly is Herpes? It has such a strong association of fear tied to it…
There are two types of HSV (This is a common virus Article 1.):
Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV-1) causes oral herpes, which usually affects the mouth and surrounding skin but can also affect the genital region.
feel itching, burning, or tingling around the mouth, lips, or tongue
Symptoms for this look like small blistering lesions called cold sores around the genitals, rectum, or mouth. When these blisters burst they leave behind scabs that can be painful for up to two weeks.
You may also experience: fever, headaches, body aches, swollen lymph nodes (around your neck), eye infection, and urination issues.
What is Shingles?
A reactivation of the chickenpox virus in the body, causing a painful rash. Though still a viral infection, shingles normally appear on just one side of the body and normally appear on the torso, chest, face, arm, or leg. (Rather than the regions mentioned above.)
How about Chickenpox?
“Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV). It can cause an itchy, blister-like rash among other symptoms. The rash first appears on the chest, back, and face, and then spreads over the entire body.” (Article 2.) This can then later result in shingles.
How can light therapy help?
Light therapy doesn’t cure these viral infections, but it does allow for the reduction of symptoms and to reduce the likelihood of transmission and outbreaks. I have heard from a few experts that it may be possible to eliminate the herpes virus out of one's system completely. I do not have studies to prove this but it would be fantastic, wouldn't it?
Part of what is occurring within your system is that your body has the virus trapped within it and if your circulation isn’t working properly, your immune system can’t fight the virus off as effectively. Light therapy will actually increase circulation, which can activate any dormant viruses and cause your body to react to the virus - which may look like you're seeing cold sores or the shingles on your skin.
What happens externally on your body is a reflection of what is going on internally. So first you’ll see your body react to the internal virus with rashes on your skin, but this is a good thing. It means that your body can now go to work fighting off that virus because your body is actually operating properly. Then with increased circulation, your immune system will begin fighting the virus off.
When you use the lights you are encouraging your body to use its natural defense mechanisms now that it has the energy and tools to repair and fight.
To really target the virus, blue light and infrared light are used as the infection is more internal to your body (not surface level like your skin.) With infections like Herpes or shingles, the virus is often deeper in your body, typically around the base of your spine and attached to your nervous system.
Posture is another contributor to herpes and shingles complications. As computer and phone usage has skyrocketed over the past several decades, body posture has deteriorated. Your body compresses the spine naturally with all of your sitting and this impacts your immune system. The work of light therapy when done right allows for the natural healing and circulation in these areas and helps to heal deeply rooted issues like herpes, shingles or chickenpox.
I covered just a little bit of what these viral infections can look like and how light therapy can help. If you have additional questions or thoughts please email or call me anytime. I’m also happy to address any questions you have in any of my monthly webinars.
In the meantime, keep safe and enjoy your springtime activities!
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