Clinical Study of Fire Needle in Alleviating Herpes Zoster Pain



Clinical Study of Fire Needle in Alleviating Herpes Zoster Pain


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Objective: to compare the curative effect of Fire Needle and Western medicine in relieving herpes zoster pain. Methods: a total of 50 patients with herpes zoster were randomly divided into two groups: (1) in the Fire Needle group (n = 25) patients underwent Fire Needle acupuncture and circling acupuncture to 3-5 Ashi points, as well as electric acupuncture to Jiaji (EX-B2), Zhigou (SJ6) and Houxi (S13), once a day, 10 days as a course of treatment. (2) In the Western medicine group (n = 25), valaciclovir hydrochloride and vitamin B1 were administered for 10 days. Curative effects of both groups were compared. Results: 42 cases completed the study, and 8 cases dropped out. In patients who completed the treatment, the curative rate of the Fire Needle group was better than that of the Western medicine group (P < 0.01). Duration of pain between both groups had greater significant reduction (P< 0.05), with the Fire Needle group superior to Western medicine. In Day 2-7 of Treatment as well as Day 22, 30 and 60 follow-up, significant difference was observed of the degree of pain improvement between the two groups (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Fire Needle therapy displayed favorable curative effect on herpes zoster, can shorten the duration of, and reduce postherpetic neuralgia.


Date of Input: 1/29/2015; Date Modified: 4/14/2015; Availability: --In File--; Priority: Normal; Herpes Zoster; Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, China. Email:

has health condition studied

Nervous System Diseases



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1.5 Weeks

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