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Comparing the therapeutic effects of pricking blood therapy combined with acupuncture and routine western medicine to herpes zoster, 240 cases were randomly divided into 2 groups and 120 cases of each group. The treatment group was treated with acupuncture combined with pricking blood therapy on the points with the most pain area (cupping and surround needling); the control group with external application and oral administration of Aciclovir plaster and Aciclovir tablets.

Results: The total effective rate was 92.5% in the treatment group and 55.8% in the control group with a very significant difference between the 2 groups (P<0.01). The time of stopping pain, reducing vesication and improving scabbing in the treatment group were shorter than that in the control group. So the pricking blood therapy combined with acupuncture is an effective therapy for herpes zoster.

Key Words: pricking blood therapy, acupuncture, herpes zoster

Writer: Huanmin Huo, Xueping Yang
Department of Dermatology, Jimo Third People's Hospital, Shandong 266200,


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