Lysine for Shingles? Lysine is a commonly available amino acid found in most drugstores, but did you know that you can also use Lysine for shingles by helping relieve the agony and pain brought about by the shingles virus? 

The shingles virus is the same virus that causes chicken pox and is called the herpes zoster virus. It causes painful, fluid filled blisters and can be transmitted to people who have never had chicken pox.  Contracting the virus from someone with shingles causes the individual to contract chicken pox rather than shingles.

The elderly and people with compromised immune system are the most likely to come down with shingles. While there is a vaccine available for shingles, it is still experimental and the dose given of shingles in many times the potency of the traditional chicken pox virus that most receives as children.

Lysine Dosage for Shingles

Lysine works to fight shingles as it replaces other factors that encourage the growth of shingles blisters and usurps their role in the body. It is recommended to take a supplement of lysine if you are susceptible to the shingles virus.

If you are between shingles outbreaks, take one gram of lysine per a day. If you are experiencing the blisters characteristic of shingles, then take one gram of lysine three times daily.  We usually get our lysine from foods high in protein as our bodies are incapable of making lysine for themselves.

The chicken pox virus never goes away once you have had it, and fragments of the original virus are still contained in the body.  The fragments use an amino acid called arginine in order to grow but lysine blocks the arginine and therefore, blocks the growth of the shingles virus.

Lysine has been shown in clinical studies to block shingles from causing an outbreak and to heal existing blisters and also to shorten the road to healing once the blisters begin to fade.  Lysine is a master repairing agent in the body and so, taking lysine quickly causes the blisters and rashes caused by shingles to disappear.


The author of this story, Michelle Carraway, is a freelance contributor to National Nutraceuticals’ online news portals, which include Medicinal Mushroom Information Center, Amino Acid Information Center, Vancouver Health News and Today’s Word of Wisdom.  The opinions are the writer’s own and the owner and publisher of the site assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the content. Our articles are for informational, educational and entertainment purposes only. Please do your own due diligence, verify any health claims by doing additional research and consult your doctor before starting any supplementation program or making any lifestyle changes, including changes to your medication and supplementation.