Shingles - Herpes Zoster

Shingles - Varicella-Zoster Virus Clusters of vesicular eruptions along a ganglia root most commonly found in the hypochondriac regions but also in other areas like the head, face and abdomen.

The future eruption site will have pain 2-3 days prior to the eruptions. Once the eruptions arises crops of vesicles appear following one or more nerve fibers (dermatomes). The rash is accompanied by a debilitating pain which will last the 1-2 week duration of the b ers and can continue for months and in some cases even years.


Chinese Medicine - Damp Heat or Toxic Pathogenic Invasion


Chinese Medicine Differentiation and Treatment

Stagnated Heat in the Liver meridian bright red with distended pain

Principle of Treatment – expel Wind-Heat, purge Liver and Gallbladder

Acupuncture points – Shaoyang, Jueyin, Hua Tou Jia Ji (at corresponding nerves areas), SJ 5, LR 2, 3, 8, GB 43, SP 10, puncture around affected area very 2 cun, *leave needles in patient for one to two hours - irritable- HT 7, PC 4 (Xi-cleft) - constipation- SJ 6 - face/neck eruptions- LI 4, GB 20

Herbal Formula: Huang Lian Jie Du Tang + Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang


Damp/Heat in Spleen meridian

Principle of Treatment – purge Heat, detoxify, eliminate Damp

Acupuncture points – Hua Tou Jia Ji, local, SP 6, 9, 10, ST 44 - Heat- LI 11, Du 14 - poor appetite- Ren 12, ST 25

Herbal Formula: Chu Shi Wei Ling Tang


Chronic (Blood Stasis) after eruptions are gone although pain still resides

Acupuncture points – ashi points, corresponding meridians (i.e. hypochondria region- Shaoyang points), back Shu, cupping, Moxa

Herbal Formula: Tao Hong Si Wu Tang


Alternative Treatment Methods

auricular- Shenmen, subcortex, LU, LR, GB, ST

7 star- around local, Hua Tou Jia Ji, strong stimulation, bleed slightly 2 times per day

electrical- 2 pairs of needles surrounding the affected area, stimulate around area not across, medium strength



- 1st stage - Yu Lu Gao

2nd stage - Jing Huang Gao - break big blisters to relieve discomfort

Always keep area clean and dry and avoid spicy, pungent, greasy, sweat foods.

Syndicate content