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How effective are the Traditional Chinese acupuncture , low-level laser and electro-acupuncture in treatment of shingle and post-herpetic neuralgia?

By Dr. Emad Tukmachi
Clinical Director of UK Acupuncture Clinics

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Shingle (Herpez zoster) is a common disease in general practice as well as in pain clinics, particularly when it is complicated by post-herpetic neuralgia. Once the patient has a shingle, it should be treated within 48-72 hours of its onset in order to achieve an optimal management. Shingle is caused by reactivation of latent varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox virus) which is lying dormant for many years in the root of a spinal nerve in the brain or spinal cord (along the distribution of one single spinal nerve a round the trunk, down the arm and buttock or down the leg). This reactivation may be brought up by stresses (physical, emotional or climatic stresses) or by the loss of natural immunity, such as in various chronic infections. Usually, shingles can be a very severe infection that could cause post-herpetic neuralgia with a long lasting pain. It is estimated that 20% of patients who had chicken pox before could develop shingles at some time during their lives.

There is no cause to explore why the reactivation of the shingle virus in a healthy person occurs, but usually the weakness in the immune system may lead to strengthen the virus and to move it along the intercostal nerve fibers. So that why aging or suppression of the immune system might be a factor in reviving the virus.

The clinical presentation of the shingle is usually characterized by prodromal symptoms of flulike such as fever, chills, and gastrointestinal symptoms for few days. Then it followed by developing skin lesions of an extensive vesicular rash and well circumscribed, erythematous, maculo-papular skin eruptions that follow sensory dermatomes. The skin lesions are mainly unilateral and usually involve the area over the chest or some time the face. The skin rash may involve the trigeminal and cervical nerves which may also be associated with paralysis of the facial nerve and loss of taste.

It is well known that Western Medical treatment of shingle by anti-viral drugs and corticosteroid, failed to clear the condition or to show any improvement.  However, it has been reported in the medical literature that a successful use of Traditional Chinese acupuncture combined with low-level laser and electro-acupuncture can manage both the acute attack of shingle or the complicated form of post herpetic neuralgia (usually referred to as an intercostal neuralgia).  The etiology of shingles in traditional Chinese acupuncture is illustrated by the invasion of causative factors such as exogenous Wind and Cold. These factors can invade the Chinese meridians and will lead to disruption of the energy flow of Qi and Blood, preventing the vessels and muscles from receiving the necessary nourishment.


The Western medical treatment is not always successful and has some unwanted side effects and very expensive. However, Acupuncture has been proved to be very effective in clearing signs and symptoms of shingle and the combination of manual acupuncture,  electro-acupuncture and laser treatment  may achieve a full recovery, sometime in only three weeks..

If you need further information on shingles and its treatment by acupuncture , please contact the CLINICAL DIRECTOR DR. EMAD TUKMACHI Link >> or to make an appointment at one of our UK ACUPUNCTURE CLINICS, please telephone or email us Link >>