Acupuncture speeds the healing of shingles
Acupuncture painkilling relief for shingles found;
Acupuncture relieves pain due to shingles, …speeds the healing of herpes zoster lesions and reduces incidence of postherpetic neuralgia. Tianjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine researchers combined acupuncture with standard drug therapy. Patients receiving both drug therapy and acupuncture in a combined treatment protocol had superior patient outcomes compared with patients using only drug therapy.
Three month follow up examinations determined that the incident rate of postherpetic neuralgia plummeted to 3.33% in the group receiving acupuncture plus drug therapy. The group receiving only drug therapy had a PHN incident rate of 30%. The addition of acupuncture to the treatment protocol decreased the PHN rate by 26.67%. The Visual Analogue Scale scores in the acupuncture plus drugs group were significantly better. The addition of acupuncture to drug therapy decreased pain levels, patients required less painkillers and herpetic lesions healed faster. The researchers conclude that the combination of acupuncture plus drug therapy is safe and effective for the treatment of acute herpes zoster (shingles).
The study design was as follows; a total of 78patients were randomly distributed into a control group and treatment group, each consisting of 39cases. The control group received drug therapy. The treatment group received acupuncture plus the same drug therapy administered to control group. All patients were diagnosed with acute herpes zoster between June 2014 and December 2015. Patients from both groups consumed 0.5g of oral famciclovir tablets (3times per day, for 7 consecutive days) as well as 1-2tablets of oral tramadol (3times per day, for 10-12 consecutive days). Famciclovir is antiviral drug used for the treatment of herpes zoster…. Tramadol is an opioid pain reliever…. and Neurotropin is a drug made from inoculated, inflamed rabbit skin that is used for the treatment of neuropathic pain.
The primary acupoints were as follows:
LI4 (Hegu), Ashi (skin lesion areas), LI11 (Quchi), Jiaji.
Additional acupoints were administered based on differential diagnosis….; for hyperactivity of liver fire LV3 (Taichong), TB6 (Zhigou). For dampness and heat in the spleen & stomach SP6 (Sanyinjiao), SP10 (Xuehai). For Qi stagnation and blood stasis BL17 (Geshu).
References: Wang Y. Acupuncture Combined with Western Medication for the treatment of Acute Herpes Zoster and for the Prevention of Postherpetic Neuralgia: A clinical Study Tianjing University of TCM. Journal of China Prescription Drug, 2016,14(9):96-97.