Fighting Herpes and Shingles with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs

Oral and genital herpes usually mean herpes in general; herpes zoster, on the other hand, commonly refers to shingles.

Anatomy of Skin

A sexually transmitted infection can lead to oral or genital herpes or herpes simplex. When a latent infection of chicken pox is reactivated the result will be a case of shingles. While herpes outbreaks are confined to the genitals or oral cavities (lips and mouth), shingles often affects the body. The telltale signs of shingles are the appearance of vesicles along swathes of skin that may wrap around the body and originate from the spine.

While the pathogens and mechanisms that breed these maladies are seen differently by Western biomedical researchers, they are seen as almost the same in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM practitioners treat shingles and herpes easily and successfully regardless of what part of the body is infected.

Shingles and Herpes: Symptoms and Causes

Shingles/ Zoster

A result of a viral infection, shingles is a painful rash that can develop anywhere on the body, although it often occurs unilaterally (on one side of the body) and only manifests in a dermatome (An innervated area of the skin) that starts at the spine. The varicella-zoster virus which is the chickenpox virus is the cause of shingles which means that a person who has never had chickenpox will also never get the shingles. The virus remains dormant in cells just near the spinal cord after a chickenpox infection. Years later during times of great stress and/or when the immune system is weak, the chickenpox virus can get reactivated resulting in shingles. Though never deadly, shingles can be extremely painful. The dermatomes will develop vesicles during an outbreak of shingles. The patient can experience a pain that is electric, searing, and burning. The good news is that after two weeks the vesicles dry up and heal by themselves although they may leave a crusty scar in their wake.

Pain may be felt even after the vesicles dry up and heal. This is called post-zoster pain or post-herpetic neuralgia. Chinese herbs and acupuncture can be used to stop pain and decrease the seriousness of the outbreaks. Post -herpetic neuralgia can be treated with acupuncture as well.


Developing on the genitals or in the mouth, herpes can cause symptoms such as sores (vesicles), itching and pain. A lot of sufferers may not manifest any signs or symptoms at all. Regardless of the visibility or lack of symptoms, herpes is a contagious infection that can be transmitted from mouth-to-genital or skin-to-skin. The virus can be reactivated many instances in a year after the initial infection.

Treating Shingles and Herpes with Acupuncture in Miami

The obvious and common signs of shingles and herpes are pain and itching. Acupuncturists and scientists have revealed that acupuncture is able to relieve itch and stop the pain. Acupuncture works by stimulating the nerves to produce neurotransmitters that will prevent pain and itch signals from being transmitted to the brain. From the viewpoint of TCM, acupuncture is able to harmonize the energetic and organ systems of the body that help in stopping the pain and itch related to shingles and herpes.

Adding Chinese herbs to the treatment results in faster and stronger outcomes; these herbs can be used topically or can come in the form of tea to drink or to be used as stitz bath.

Acupuncture Can Be Much Better than Drugs in Relieving Herpes Symptoms

Herpes is a set of viruses that can cause certain kinds of diseases in humans. These viruses can cause cold sores, genital herpes and shingles, to name a few. Painful or itchy blisters and sores are just a few of the common symptoms that all forms of herpes can inflict. Medications are the usual Western conventional modalities to mask the symptoms. Western medicine still hasn’t provided a cure for herpes infections. Alternative and natural therapies are often much more effective when it comes to pain relief and cause less side effects than conventional modes of treatment. Certain types of these alternative and natural therapies have proven effective in herpes zoster treatment.


One of the most important components of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is acupuncture. This unique ancient Chinese healing art has been used for the treatment of dozens of health conditions for over five millennia. Acupuncturists state that life or vital energy known as qi circulates throughout the body via energy channels called meridians. This life energy nourishes and revitalizes the body enabling the body to thrive, reproduce and grow. When the qi circulation is slowed down or stagnates as a result of obstructions that have developed in the meridians, health problems arise in the body and the body experiences pain. Acupuncture is used exactly to clear out the obstructions in the meridians and restore balance in the body which enables the body to self-heal in the process.   This wonderful therapy involves the use of filamental needles that are pricked on certain parts of the body termed as acupoints or acupuncture points. Underneath these points lay the meridians and the acupuncturist selects the acupoint where blocked meridian lie in order to clear out the blockage or re-channel the flow of qi to restore circulation. There are over 2000 acupoints scattered throughout the surface of the skin. Western medical scientists argue that acupuncture works by activating the production and release “feel-good” neurotransmitters such as enkephalins and endorphins to alleviate pain and resolve other maladies. Acupuncture for the treatment of herpes is effective due to its versatility; it is also known to treat conditions such as flu and cold symptoms, addiction and infertility.

Herpes Zoster

This type of herpes usually occurs at the ages of 60 and beyond. Blisters and sores can manifest on the back and on the ribcage region, usually on one side of the body. Severe pain can be felt and sensations of tingling, burning and aching can be also experienced. After two weeks or more, the blisters normally heal by themselves although there are others who may feel nerve pain for a long time. Acupuncture can treat the symptoms of chronic and acute herpes helping decrease the duration and intensity of the pain. There are people who find acupuncture a very effective treatment and some of them have entirely been cured of their condition. Acupuncture therapy is entirely safe with no side effects at all.

Genital and Oral Herpes

There are, unfortunately very few research done on the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating herpes infection. Genital and oral herpes and Herpes zoster are entirely distinct from each other. Genital and oral herpes, last for a few weeks while the symptoms of a herpes zoster infection especially the pain can last much longer. The few studies that have been performed proved the effectiveness of acupuncture in resolving the symptoms of oral and genital herpes, helping prevent an outbreak of infections, and prevent repetition of the infection.

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