Many people across the country experience shingles when they reach a certain age. Shingles has become increasingly common in older adults, however, it can also affect younger people who have weak immune systems. Living with shingles can be debilitating and painful, making daily life complicated and tiresome. Unfortunately, Western medicine isn’t always effective at relieving the symptoms of shingles, especially pain caused by it. This is because Western medicine focuses on masking pain through the use of medication. After some time, however, the body grows a tolerance to the medication leading to higher dosages but side effects from medications can occur. If you are seeking an alternative treatment to relieve pain associated with shingles, acupuncture can offer you a safe, natural and effective treatment option. At Gainesville Holistic Healthcare, we provide acupuncture in Gainesville, FL, for shingles.
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus. Shingles most commonly appears as a band, strip or as a small area on one side of the body or face. It appears in older adults and people who have weakened immune systems due to injury, stress, certain medications and other reasons. Most people typically get it once and then it goes away. Some people, however, live with shingles appearing more than once.
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you get better from chickenpox, the varicella virus becomes dormant. In some people it remains dormant throughout the rest of their lives, for others, it starts up again when disease, stress or aging weakens the immune system causing a shingles rash. Shingles often starts as a headache, sensitivity to light and the feeling of having the flu but without a fever. When the rash appears, it turns into clusters of blisters that fill with fluid and then crust over. When healed, the blisters can often leave scars. Shingles can cause itching, pain, dizziness and weakness.
Acupuncture has often been used for the treatment of pain relief and it can also be successful at alleviating the pain caused by shingles. Acupuncture works by targeting specific points in the body called meridians. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, vital energy, or qi, flows through these meridians. Each meridian is associated with specific organs and different point stimulations are able to treat different ailments and symptoms. When meridians are blocked, qi cannot flow freely causing complications in the body. The stimulation of specific points in the body with thin, sterile needles improves blood circulation, muscle relaxation and promotes the release of hormones such as endorphins that act as natural painkillers. Because of the restoration of balance in the body with acupuncture, treatment can also offer other benefits such as a stronger immune system, improved energy, reduced stress, faster healing and relief of other symptoms.
Using acupuncture in conjunction to Western shingle drug therapies can improve the overall effectiveness of treatment. The use of both treatments together reduces the dependency on drugs for pain relief while simultaneously treating other symptoms through medication. The addition of acupuncture into drug therapy has been found to decrease pain levels, require less painkillers and heal herpetic lesions faster. For a safer more effective alternative of treatment, seek the help of acupuncturists in Gainesville, FL, for treatment in conjunction to your medication.
If medication alone has been ineffective at treating your pain for shingles, it is time to give acupuncture a try. Contact Gainesville Holistic Healthcare today for reliable Gainesville acupuncture treatment for pain relief caused by shingles.
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