Abundant Blessing Acupuncture
299 W Hillcrest Dr, #206 Thousand Oaks, CA, 91360 (805) 432-4936
Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.
The virus can remain dormant in nerve cells for many years after the onset of chickenpox. The first symptom of a herpes zoster attack is usually pain or tingling over the area to be affected. A few days later, a red rash appears. The red bumps soon turn to virus-filled blisters which then dry, crust, and turn yellow. Eruptions usually occur on only one side of the body, either over the ribs, on one half of the face, or as a strip on one half of the neck and adjoining arm; or on the lower body.
Typically shingles strikes the elderly and those with suppressed immune systems. Postherpetic neuralgia is pain due to nerve damage. It may be serious and persist for many months.
Acupuncture is possibly the most effective method of reducing the acute nerve pain associated with shingles. You must start acupuncture treatment as soon as possible when treating shingles if you hope to reduce the likelihood of post-herpetic neuralgia(PHN). Patients should receive treatment EVERY day for the first 7 days. Wear gloves when performing acupuncture on shingles patients with acute eruptions (the vesicles may contain active virus). The researchers also conducted a follow up survey three months after treatment completion. They found that the incident rate of PHN in the treatment group was 3.33%. The incident rate of PHN in the control treatment group was 30.00%.
Chinese herbal therapy includes the administration of tonic herbs to strengthen the immune system, herbal antivirals, and specific pain-relieving herbs used topically and internally. In our office, we see instantly relief for shingles pain after cupping, most patient was able to manage pain without pain killer in 3-5 treatments combine with Herbs.
Women, 80 years old, Go to emergency room for right arm pain at night, sever pain can not sleep. Second day come to the office, slightly blister along C6-T1 area on the arm. Diagnosed as Shingles, wet cupping, moxa. Patient can fall asleep same day. Next day more zoster showed up in the progress, Sunday no treatment, severer pain at night again, next day come to treatment with wet cupping, acupuncture with herbs, relaxed and fall asleep on the treatment table. Third day, blister start to dry and pain controlled.