Can acupuncture and herbal medicine treat postherpetic neuralgia?

Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
Shingles is caused by an outbreak of the herpes zoster virus. It is often accompanied by postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a severe pain condition that radiates from the affected nerve root to the area it innervates. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture, and herbal medicine cannot cure the herpes zoster virus. However, PHN has been successfully treated with internal herbal prescriptions and acupuncture. Depending on the condition and severity of the virus, it may take anywhere from 6 to 12 treatments at a rate of a treatment every other day. I suggest you consult a licensed practitioner to determine the proper course of action.

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Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is a nerve inflammation caused by a reawakened chickenpox virus. (Once you've had chickenpox, the virus lurks, dormant, in your body). Treatment of the painful rash or blisters caused by shingl...

es can include cold compresses, over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or doctor-prescribed antiviral and steroidal medications. Experts recommend seeking treatment for shingles as soon as possible; it’s best to receive medication within the three days of the first shingles rash.
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