Shingles and capsaicin
Hot peppers are not herbs I realize, but this seemed the only appropriate forum for my question.
I always thought shingles were an affliction of the elderly until I got a case of it (or them) the winter before last. No symptoms other than a searing rib pain that lasted months, and still comes on intermittently. A bone scan ruled out cancer.
The one thing I found that worked for the pain was capsaicin (hot pepper) heat rub, the same kind used for arthritis. Unfortunately all brands of it (eg. A535 rub with capsaicin) seem to have been pulled off the shelves here, I suspect because in some people it caused skin irritation, or because it so easy to accidenally transfer the heat to your eye or other delicate parts :).
So, two questions: is capsaicin rub available where you live (just out of curiosity)?
Has anybody tried making a home made capsaicin salve or tincture?