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Acupuncture Should Be Your First Choice For Curing Shingles

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Herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, is caused by the same virus that cause chickenpox: the varicella zoster virus (VZV). It is a painful condition whose main symptom is a skin rash that’s painful with blisters in a certain part of one side of the body, usually in the stripe. A VZV infection initially will result in acute chickenpox. Once the chickenpox infection has healed, the virus is never eliminated and will remain and lie dormant in the nerve tissue until it is activated and cause shingles some years or decades later.

At the onset of shingles, symptoms such as chills, fatigue, headache, and fever may occur. These symptoms may be wrongly diagnosed and are nonspecific. This initial stage of the infection is followed by blisters and skin rash one to two days later. Shingles usually lasts for two or three weeks but it causes a condition known as postherpetic neuralgia, which is a type of tingling nerve pain lasting months or even years long after the rash has healed.

To prevent the rise of chickenpox and shingles, vaccines such as Zostavax can be given. In a review of a study, the Cochrane Library concluded that Zostavax is able to lower the absolute likelihood of shingles by 1.75 percent, a relative risk reduction of 50 percent. Zostavax is contraindicated for patients with immune system disease, infants less than a year old, and pregnant women.

Treatment is designed to lessen complications and reduce or minimize the duration and severity of the pain and the episode of the shingles. If taken right after the symptoms, antiviral drugs can cut the length and magnitude of the shingles episode. Analgesics such as morphine or acetaminophen can also be used to alleviate severe intolerable pain. When they are scratched the blisters can become infected so they should never be scratched. The blisters and rashes can easily be healed – the real problem is how to cure the postherpetic neuralgia.

Thankfully, the alternative treatments of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) in Overland Park and acupuncture work extremely well in treating shingles and postherpetic neuralgia. Actually, it is a fact that TCM and acupuncture have been to treat used herpes zoster for hundreds of years, helping countless numbers of people maintain and recover health.

From the perspective of TCM, when the energy channels, organs, and organ systems are working together and in balance, health is maintained. This balance is mostly based on the free movement and sufficient amounts of qi, the life energy of our body that promotes blood circulation and gives the body the ability to overcome pathogenic factors. Pathogenic factors such as Warm and Dampness buildup at the skin when qi is insufficient. This leads to blood stasis and qi blockage that eventually cause the occurrence of shingles.

Acupuncturists will come up with a plan of treatment based on TCM theories that’s specifically designed to boost your vitality and overall health and to address shingles. Various types of acupuncture methods such as acupoint injection, blood-letting puncturing, scalp acupuncture, electric acupuncture, regular needling, etc. can be used to treat shingles. Using one or more of these methods will help dispel Warm and Dampness from the body and eliminate the blockage within the meridians so that blood and qi can flow freely throughout the body. When the body regains its balance and qi is invigorated, the shingles vanishes gradually and naturally.

Recent clinical studies have shown that acupuncture can modify the neuron-humoral system in the body and stimulate the stress response system which leads to an improvement in immune function and contribute to pain relief. Moreover, acupuncture has shown to prevent the exudation of inflammatory substance and reduce vascular permeability.

Because acupuncture is inexpensive, natural, simple, free of side effects, and effective, it should be your first choice for curing shingles.

Written by Valerie

June 13th, 2017 at 11:27 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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