Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA
Since 1988 practicing acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Xiaoyan Wang
L. Ac., MD (China)
3721 Westerre Pkwy.
Suite C
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 301-1784
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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Shingles (herpes zoster) is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. It often appears as a band of blisters that wraps from the middle of your back around one side of your chest to your breastbone and is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles isn't a life-threatening condition, but it can be very painful.
The signs and symptoms of shingles may include:
  • Pain, burning, tingling, numbness or extreme sensitivity in a certain part of your body
  • A red rash that begins a few days after the pain
  • Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over
  • Itching
  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Upset stomach or abdominal pain
An episode of shingles usually heals on its own within a few weeks, but prompt treatment can ease pain, speed healing and reduce your risk of complications. The three common treatments are as follow:
  • High doses of an antiviral drug to reduce the duration and severity of your symptoms. Oral antiviral medications include acyclovir, valacyclovir or famciclovir. For best results, start these medications within 72 hours of the first sign of the shingles rash.
  • An anti-inflammatory drug to ease inflammation. Corticosteroids are occasionally used to reduce inflammation and lower your risk of postherpetic neuralgia.
  • Pain relievers to control pain. For relief of severe pain, narcotics may be needed.
If you suffer from shingles, Chinese acupuncture can offer complete pain relief naturally without side effects. If you would like to pursue this form of treatment or information, please contact Xiaoyan.
Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA