Shingles, or “Herpes Zoster”, is the chickenpox virus reactivated. People with a compromised immune system are very vulnerable to this disease which strikes without warning. Shingles can be the result of overstress, surgery, the use and of anti-cancer, immuno-suppressant and corticosteroid drugs.
Symptoms include severe stabbing pain, tenderness, and a burning sensation on the skin. Strips of rash with blisters or a red strip appear within a week. They oftentimes develop on the thigh, groin, abdomen, shoulder, scalp, eyes, head, face, or along the ribs.
The virus can cause complications like PHN or postherpetic neuralgia. This is a condition in which the pain can last for months or even years after the rash have dried out. Acupuncture works well for this type of pain. The virus tends to attack the nerve sensors found under the skin, amplifying the heat and pain; the pain is quite resistant to painkillers.
Can Acupuncture Treat Shingles?
In China, it is considered that the most effective treatment for herpes zoster is acupuncture. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the rise shingles is due to a combination of deficiency and excess in the body. Old people with a deficient constitutional energy and younger people who are suffering from exhaustion are vulnerable to this disease.
The risk of complications become higher when the weakness of the patient is more pronounced, which means that a longer course of treatment against the disease is required.
Acupuncture treatments are aimed at boosting the strength of the immune system, which is the main reason for the outbreak. The acupuncturist can come up with a treatment protocol based on the location of the lesions, specifically on the locations where the lesions intersect the meridians.
For people who want a natural approach to their problem and would rather avoid taking medications or those resistant to drugs, acupuncture is an effective and ideal alternati9ve for treating the pain caused by shingles.
To treat the rash, apply fresh leek juice, raw honey, or aloe vera gel over the rash many times a day. Infected blisters can treated with hydrogen peroxide. To help ease the sores, use peppermint tea, mugwort, cool goldenseal, apple cider vinegar, or even baking soda solution over the sores.