Z: Zoster (Herpes) Virus & Shingles

Patient presented with shingles.  She was referred to us by her internal medicine doctor who was concerned about her level of discomfort.  The patient complained of severe to moderate right mid-thoracic discomfort which radiated to her right abdomen.

Upon examination, the patient had a red skin rash with blisters along the right T7, T8 and T9 dermatomes.  The skin seemed highly irritated and inflamed.

We needed to bring balance to the Bladder, Gallbladder, Stomach and Kidney channels as they were affected.

After a few weeks of acupuncture twice a week, the patients discomfort resolved to a mild to non-existent level.  It is important to note here that the needles were not placed in the back and/or abdomen but rather in the legs, feet, forearms and hands.

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