Can acupuncture help treat a cold sore?

Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
Acupuncture does not cure cold sores. However, a proper herbal formulation can assist in resolving or expediting the resolution of a cold sore. A licensed traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner can help determine what triggers the cold sores and use acupuncture, herbal formulas and nutritional therapy to alleviate their occurrence and prevent further outbreaks.

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