Wrist-Ankle Acupuncture for the Treatment of Pain Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

People who experience post-herpetic neuralgia, a condition where the pain associated with shingles lasts after the lesions are gone, can treat it at home by warming the affected area with a warming herb called moxa or mugwort leaf that has the property to enter energy pathways and move energy (in Chinese medicine, stuck energy causes and you must move the energy to release the pain). The difficulty in treating herpes zoster means increased costs for individuals and health services [7] [8] . Your CompMed practitioner will use acupuncture and nutritional supplements to reduce the pain of current outbreaks or neuralgia and strengthen the immune so you have fewer outbreaks. It lasts for months, sometimes years, after the original shingles infection. A comprehensive pain treatment regimen, consisting of a stellate ganglia block, medications, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and hypnosis, was administered, but the patient did not gain any incremental pain relief. Its benefits are now widely acknowledged all over the world and in the past decade traditional acupuncture has begun to feature more prominently in mainstream healthcare in Australia. It lasts for months, sometimes years, after the original shingles infection.

“The management of postherpetic neuralgia.” Postgraduate Medical Journal. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on best practice now recommend that GPs offer a course of 10 sessions of acupuncture as a first line treatment for persistent, non-specific low back pain*. This produces the searing pain of neuralgia, which can be made even worse by the touch of clothing, bedclothes, or another person. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. Patients were randomly allocated to receive up to 12 acupuncture treatments over 3 months or to a control intervention offering usual care. As with any treatment, complete recovery takes time and patience. .

During and after treatments, people report that they feel very relaxed. Compared with Routine Acupuncture, WAA does not need to appear “Deqi” and its needle positions are located only in the wrists and ankles where no important organs and vessels are located. In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox, a commercial formulation of botulinum toxin, for the treatment of chronic migraine. Harnett says she is so relaxed that she nearly “fall(s)  asleep on the table.” More importantly, she gets relief, albeit temporary, from her degenerative disc back pain with each treatment. I truly wish that I had met her and tried acupuncture earlier. 1 Participants were treated for 14 days and their pain was assessed at intervals. It lasts for months, sometimes years, after the original shingles infection.

All CSRs on acupuncture (including electroacupuncture, wrist acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, and acupressure) were included in this review. A tissue repair research unit, examining the effects of laser, now exists at Guy’s Hospital, London. The following databases were searched without language restrictions: MEDLINE 1966–2004, EMBASE 1988–2004, CINAHL 1982–2002, and PubMed (29 October 2004). Symptoms The main symptom is pain in the area where shingles once occurred. To find an Acupuncturist near you – Click here and enter your State! Intrathecal administration of methylprednisolone appears to be associated with high efficacy, but its safety requires further evaluation. Imbalances can also arise due to excessive fatigue or due to a deficiency of kidney yin energy.

However, unlike the injection needles everybody knows, acupuncture needles are very fine and smooth. I became depressed, I suffered from sleep deprivation, my behavior became erratic and I would go into rages at the slightest provocation. Similar benefits have been found for different types of acupuncture treatment. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety (Wu 1999). The most common area of involvement is the thoracic region followed by the ophthalmic division and clearly many patients have been evaluated for pleurisy, cholecystitis, acute myocardial infarction, etc. The pain and the associated tissue damage or dysfunction are the primary problems. This term is now applied to the spectrum of pain symptoms associated with HZ, which begins with the virus prodome (the time when there is pain prior to the development of the classical rash) and progressing through to both the acute and chronic states.

The Chinese also treat their patients for long periods and a stroke patient may receive one hundred or two hundred acupuncture treatments before being declared a success or a failure. It is thought to be caused by a continuing irritation of the nerves after the infection is over. However, there is no point in being unduly pessimistic. After all, even a short period of relief may be something which a patient is prepared to accept, but it is important that this becomes the clear understanding of what is happening.