Non-pharmacologic Treatment of Shingles
In unpublished anecdotal reports of Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) treatments during the last twelve years, one frequency combination has been observed consistently to eliminate the pain and shorten the course of shingles. That frequency combination—230 Hz on one channel and 430 Hz on the second channel—applied simultaneously using 150 microamps alternating DC current having a ramped square wave pulse was ultimately successful on this patient’s pain and lesions.
The patient was an 85-year-old male who presented for treatment with Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) of low back pain caused by myofascial trigger points and degenerative disc disease. The patient noted incidentally that he had a rash on the frontal portion of his bald scalp which was diagnosed one week previously by his dermatologist as actinic keratosis. He was applying a topical gel appropriate to that diagnosis and did not request treatment for the rash during this appointment. He returned two days later complaining of increased pain on his scalp in the area of the rash, rated as a 7/10 on a 0-10 VAS scale, and requested that the rash be treated with FSM appropriate for actinic keratosis since treatment had been effective for his low back pain.1
The treatment protocol for actinic keratosis required that microamperage current from a two channel microcurrent device be applied to the skin on his scalp. The current is delivered using graphite conducting gloves with double pin connectors cemented to the back so that one lead from each of two channels can be connected to each glove. One graphite glove, connected to the positive leads from both channels of the microcurrent device, was wrapped in warm moist fabric and placed on the patient’s upper back. The second graphite glove, connected to the negative leads from both channels of the microcurrent device, was wrapped in a warm moist face cloth and placed on the top of the patient’s head so that it covered the area of the rash on the scalp (see Figure 2).
The patient was treated with the designated protocol for actinic keratosis—40Hz on one channel and 355 Hz on the second channel using alternating DC subsensory microamperage current at 150 µamps—for twenty minutes. This treatment protocol was expected to be helpful for actinic keratosis since 40 Hz has been shown to be effective for reducing inflammation.2,3 During this portion of the treatment, the patient became restless and complained of increasing pain in the area of the rash. The rash was reassessed and tentatively diagnosed as shingles since the distribution was consistent with the ophthalmic branch of cranial V and was not responding to treatment appropriate for actinic keratosis.
The patient adamantly refused referral for anti-viral medication and requested immediate treatment for shingles with FSM. He was subsequently treated with the frequency protocol indicated for shingles—namely, 230 Hz on one channel and 430 on the second channel, using 150 microamps and a ramped square wave pattern. The pain gradually decreased during the next fifteen minutes and the patient was pain-free in twenty minutes. Treatment continued for sixty minutes and the patient was told to return the next day for additional treatment.
At the beginning of the second treatment, he rated his pain as a 2/10 on a 0-10 VAS scale and noted that the vision in his right eye was a little blurry. The shingles lesions on the scalp were notably less red and some had developed scabs. The patient was once again referred for prescription anti-viral medication and he adamantly refused. Instead, he was treated for two hours with the same frequency protocol as before. During this treatment, the contact on the scalp was moved forward to cover the patient’s closed eyelid.
The pain was reduced from a 2/10 to a 0/10 within 15 minutes. The patient slept for the remainder of the two-hour treatment. At the end of the two-hour treatment, he reported that his vision was clear and he was pain-free. He returned the next day for follow up but refused treatment because he had no pain and all the shingles lesions were scabbed and healing.
At a two-week follow up the patient remained pain free and the lesions had resolved. There was no residual pain and no recurrence of shingles in any dermatome at a two-year follow up.
FSM can be provided using any two-channel microamperage current device that can provide frequency pulses accurate to three digits on two channels simultaneously, using alternating DC current with a ramped square wave pulse. Two different devices were used to deliver the desired frequency combination for this patient’s two treatment sessions. The Precision Micro (Precision Microcurrent, Newberg, Ore.), an analogue battery-operated two-channel three microcurrent device, was used during the first treatment session. This device requires that the frequencies on both channels be set and changed manually. The AutoCarePlus (Microcurrent Technologies, Seattle, Wa.), a digital two-channel three digit specific microcurrent device preprogrammed to run certain specific frequency combinations for various time periods, was used during the second treatment. It provided the desired three digit combination, 230 Hz on one channel and 430 Hz on the second channel, for 60 minutes and was restarted after the first 60-minute cycle.
Treatment Method History
The frequencies used in this case treatment were obtained in 1995 from a retired British osteopath who had bought a practice in Vancouver, BC (Canada) in 1946 that came with a machine (manufacturer unknown) and a list of frequencies that was developed in 1922 and thought to address specific tissues and neutralize specific conditions. The list acquired from the osteopath included approximately 100 frequencies alleged to neutralize certain pathologies or conditions and over 200 frequencies thought to address certain tissues. The list also contained a small number of two-channel pairs in which neither frequency matched a listed condition or tissue. The combination used in this case report was noted on the list as being useful for “virus.”
The osteopath’s method of treatment included using a frequency on one channel to “remove a pathology” combined with a frequency on the second channel to “address a specific tissue.” The device used by the osteopath has long since disappeared and has never been available for inspection. While it is thought to have plugged into the wall current which may have been DC in 1922, it is not known what current level it delivered and there is no reason to suspect that it delivered microamperage current which was not introduced until the 1970s. The listed frequencies were used, starting in 1995, as if their descriptions were correct for the treatment of myofascial trigger points, nerve pain and injury repair. The treatment protocols were developed clinically using the osteopath’s two-channel condition and tissue treatment paradigm and has been taught as Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) since 1997.1,2,4,5 There are approximately 1,000 medical, chiropractic and naturopathic physicians using FSM in clinical practice in the US, Australia, Ireland, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Dubai.