Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, a symptom of which is nerve pain. Other main symptoms include multiple blistering on the skin of the chest, back, lower back and thigh, accompanied by sharp nerve pain. Under normal circumstances, the patient will experience pain, discomfort and skin irritations along the nerves about 2-3 days before developing herpes. After 2-3 weeks the blisters will form scabs which will then dislodge and the wound will heal itself. For some patients the pain of blistering is very intense.
GP’s are only able to prescribe pain killers to relieve the pain of shingles, but for many patients this is insufficient. After researching and treating 500 cases of shingles, Chinese medicine uses a combination of hot needle, cupping and herbal medicine to very good effect for about 95% of patients.