Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Can acupuncture cure cold sores?
A: Acupuncture does not cure cold sores. However, a proper herbal formulation can assist in resolving or expediting the resolution of a cold sore. A licensed traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner can help determine what triggers the cold sores and use acupuncture, herbal formulas and nutritional therapy to alleviate their occurrence and prevent further outbreaks.
To look for a licensed TCM practitioner in your area go on www.acupuncture.com
You may also try the “HerpEase” herbal formula by Traditions of Tao, which is specifically formulated to “clear the heat” of canker sores and cold sores. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.