For patients with shingles who did not receive effective treatment, the symptoms will evolve and worsen. The latent virus will continue to grow within the nerves causing further damage to the nerves resulting in chronic and acute pain which severely affects patients’ day-to-day lives.
GP’s cannot cure the disorder, but only prescribe strong painkillers to treat the symptoms. Chinese medicine utilises acupuncture to enhance the body’s immunity and hot needle and cupping to induce detoxification of the affected regions. Around 90% of patients achieve good results from this treatment.