Shingles, known as herpes zoster, is an infection caused by varicella-zoster virus-the same virus which causes chickenpox. According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 3 people get infected with shingles. Anyone affected with chickenpox, can get shingles, but it occurs mainly in adults over 50 years of age. When one develops shingles, he/she first observes rashes turning into blisters. Before appearance of rashes, you’ll feel pain in affected area. Pain and rashes from shingles generally affect one side of body.
Commonly affected areas:
How Acupuncture helps in reducing & treating shingles pain?
Acupuncture done at Acupuncture Perth, is form of traditional Chinese medicine used for treatment of pain like shingles and others. Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific parts of body called acupuncture points. Professionals or certified practitioners of Acupuncture Perth use single needles following Clean Needle Technique. When an acupuncturist inserts needles, one may feel tingling sensation. But if pain is intolerable, let them know.
After needle insertion, acupuncturist at Acupuncture Perth, activates them through electrical stimulation or by gently moving them with hands, or may not stimulate at all, leaving needles in skin for upto 30 minutes. This procedure of Acupuncture for Shingles Pain, helps body to release its own naturally occurring painkillers.
One has to undergo this treatment depending on problem severity and how body responds. Acupuncture for Shingles Pain can either be daily or weekly.
As per research, acupuncture eases out distressing pain in conditions like migraine and back pain. In 2011, randomized and controlled trial showed that acupuncture could be applied for treating shingles pain or acute herpetic pain apart from enhancing life quality and reducing anxieties in people suffering from shingles. Recently, researchers found that adding acupuncture to conventional antiviral therapy shortened time in three key phases of shingles:
- Pain before appearance of blisters
- Time it took for blisters to scab over
- Time it took for blisters to stop forming
Acupuncture like Acupuncture for Shingles Pain performed at Acupuncture Perth, is beneficial, particularly at initial stage and quicker to recover, having less chances to have post-herpetic neuralgia once blister is healed.
Post herpetic Neuralgia
After recovery, shingles trigger painful nerve condition on areas where blisters have occurred. This nerve pain is known as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) lasting for weeks, months, even years. According to CDC reports, 10-18 % of people who suffer from shingles get PHN, older adults being more prone to it.
In 2014, researchers observed that nearly 140 studies threw light on effectiveness of Acupuncture for Shingles Pain in managing PHN within past 5 years. Other studies have substantiated acupuncture’s efficacy performed at Acupuncture Perth and enhancing life quality. Acupuncture is safe mode of treatment having no or fewer side effects.
If you’re contemplating over Acupuncture for Shingles Pain or PHN done at Acupuncture Perth, consult an experienced, certified practitioner who knows‘ tricks of the trade’!
Consult Floreat Acupuncture Perth to get rid of shingles pain! We provide safe, effective treatment for shingles pain under our certified, experienced practitioners-Liguo Zhang, Yun Liu. With over 30 years of experience, Floreat Acupuncture uses traditional techniques like Chinese Herbal medicine in reducing shingles pain, foot pain, fine lines, wrinkles, puffy eyes, double chin, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, lethargy, arthritis, TMJ, sinus/hayfever, cancer.
Range of Services:
- Acupuncture for Shingles Pain.
- Cupping therapy for creating skin suction for toxin removal.
- Cosmetic acupuncture for increasing oxygen levels via microcirculation leading to detoxification.
- Acupuncture for holistic well-being.
- Chinese Herbal Medicine including Yin & Yang, five elements.
- Tui Na/Massage for reducing muscle tension from acute chronic pain via Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LMD).
- Moxibustion for cold conditions & cancer support.
- Scraping (Gua Sha) for reducing pain, breaking down adhesions, increasing range of motion, reduced swelling.
- Holistic care for foot pain.
If you feel symptoms of Shingles, call Floreat Acupuncture Perth today, speaking from a member of our clinic.
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