Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso.
Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. Reactivation usually follows a stressful time where the person’s immune system has been weaken and the virus follows a nerve and expresses out onto the skin.
Doing this quickly after onset reduces the risk of the virus damaging the nerve tissue.
Visit us at our acupuncture clinic in either Boulder or Nederland to see if acupuncture combined with cupping and heat therapy can reduce the pain and reaction from shingles, offering you an alternative shingles treatment.