Acupuncture for the treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia

H. C. Dung

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The authors' acupuncture clinic has received 29 cases of post-herpetic neuralgia within the past three years. This report reviews the results of using acupuncture as a therapeutic method to control the herpetic pain. Incidences of post-herpetic neuralgia are most often encountered among elderly people. The pain is a difficult problem to manage. Patients older than 65 years, with a duration of pain suffering longer than six months, and a high degree of pain quantification, are practically hopeless in terms of obtaining relief from pain by acupuncture therapy. Manageability of post-herpetic neuralgia is only possible among younger patients with a duration of pain shorter than six months, and a low degree of pain. It is concluded that acupuncture is effective for patient with post-herpetic neuralgia, but only if they are treated early in the course of the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-14
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Acupuncture
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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