Acupuncture help pain from shingles?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Can acupuncture help with the nerve Pain from shingles?

A: Acupuncture can assist with the pain associated with shingles. Depending on the acute or dormant state of the condition, the treatment will vary in length and frequency. I suggest that you consult a licensed acupuncturist to determine the proper course of treatment.

Note that shingles cannot be cured with acupuncture, but there are herbal remedies available that ease the symptoms. You can locate a licensed acupuncturist at

Additionally, you may also try the Traditions of Tao herbal formula “Pain” to soothe and relax pain. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.

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