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Fan Y.-J.,Xinjiang Urumqi Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine | Liu Q.-G.,Beijing University of Chinese Medicine | Yin G.-Z.,Xinjiang Medical University
Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science | Year: 2013

Objective: To discuss the effectiveness and safety of swift needling with fire needle plus medication in treating herpes zoster and the change of substance P. Methods: Seventy-nine patients with herpes zoster were selected and randomized into a fire-acupuncture group (41 cases) and a Western-medication group (38 cases). The fire-acupuncture group was intervened by swift needling with fire needle, and simultaneously prescribed with Valaciclovir Hydrochloride tablets and Vitamin B1; the Western-medication group was by the same oral medicines alone. The therapeutic efficacies were evaluated afterwards. Results: The total effective rate was 95.1% in the fire-acupuncture group versus 89.5% in the Western-medication group, and the difference was statistically significant (P<0.05). After treatment, the concentration of substance P and visual analogue scale (VAS) score dropped significantly in both groups (both P<0.05); the inter-group differences were statistically significant (both P<0.05). Conclusion: Swift needling with fire needle plus medication has better therapeutic efficacy than medication alone in treating herpes zoster. © 2013 Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture and Meridian and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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