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How can traditional Chinese medicine help treat shingles?

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Traditional Chinese medicine aims to restore your body’s balance. Techniques include:

  • Moxibustion. This uses moxa, which is usually made from the Chinese mugwort herb. It’s burned close to your skin to rid you of toxins. It may ease pain.
  • Cupping: This aims to flush out toxins. A therapist heats air inside a cup and puts the cup on your body. Some research shows it can ease shingles pain.
  • Acupuncture: This ancient practice puts very thin needles into your skin. It may help ease shingles pain.

From: What Else Helps With Shingles? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/08/2018

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Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Chlorophyll,” “Cupping,” “DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide),” “Light Therapy,” “Moxibustion,” “Papain.”

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Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Acupuncture," “Fibromyalgia” and “Shingles.”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Shingles: Hope Through Research.”

National Health Service (NHS): “Shingles.”

PubMed: “  antiviral activity of honey against varicella zoster virus (VZV): A translational medicine study for potential remedy for shingles,” “Medical use of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO),” “TENS -- an alternative to antiviral drugs for acute herpes zoster treatment and postherpetic neuralgia prevention,” “Wet cupping therapy for treatment of herpes zoster: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.” In vitro

Columbia Neurosurgeons: “Postherpetic Neuralgia.”

University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing: “Moxibustion” and "What is Qi? (and Other Concepts).”

Beth Israel University Hospital and Manhattan Campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine: “Post-Herpetic Neuralgia.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Chlorophyll,” “Cupping,” “DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide),” “Light Therapy,” “Moxibustion,” “Papain.”

National Eczema Association, “Phototherapy.”

Encyclopedia Britannica, “Papain.”

Oxford Journals, “Rheumatology: A brief history of acupuncture.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 08, 2018

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