Herpes Zoster

Publication Title: 
Family Practice

BACKGROUND: A number of different therapies have been used for postherpetic neuralgia. We decided to conduct a systematic review of existing randomized controlled trials. OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of available therapies for relieving the pain of established postherpetic neuralgia. METHODS: We performed a systematic review, including meta-analysis, of existing randomized controlled trials. Eleven published trials and one unpublished trial were identified which met the inclusion criteria and were included in the current review.

Author(s): 
Volmink, J.
Lancaster, T.
Gray, S.
Silagy, C.
Publication Title: 
PLoS medicine

BACKGROUND: Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a complication of acute herpes zoster, which is emerging as a preferred clinical trial model for chronic neuropathic pain. Although there are published meta-analyses of analgesic therapy in PHN, and neuropathic pain in general, the evidence base has been substantially enhanced by the recent publication of several major trials. Therefore, we have conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis for both efficacy and adverse events of analgesic therapy for PHN.

Author(s): 
Hempenstall, Kathleen
Nurmikko, Turo J.
Johnson, Robert W.
A'Hern, Roger P.
Rice, Andrew S. C.
Publication Title: 
Zhongguo Zhen Jiu = Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion

OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for treatment of herpes zoster. METHODS: According to the requirement of evidence-based medicine, acupuncture, body acupuncture, electroacupuncture, head acupuncture, three edged needle, plum-blossom needle, fire needle, elongated needle, encircling needling, herpes zoster, etc.

Author(s): 
Yu, Xian-Min
Zhu, Guo-miao
Chen, Yue-Lai
Fang, Min
Chen, You-nan
Publication Title: 
PLoS medicine

BACKGROUND: Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a complication of acute herpes zoster, which is emerging as a preferred clinical trial model for chronic neuropathic pain. Although there are published meta-analyses of analgesic therapy in PHN, and neuropathic pain in general, the evidence base has been substantially enhanced by the recent publication of several major trials. Therefore, we have conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis for both efficacy and adverse events of analgesic therapy for PHN.

Author(s): 
Hempenstall, Kathleen
Nurmikko, Turo J.
Johnson, Robert W.
A'Hern, Roger P.
Rice, Andrew S. C.
Publication Title: 
Dermatologic Therapy

Herpes zoster is an acute inflammatory condition which can have a significant impact on quality of life. Antiviral therapies are effective, but do not meet patients' expectations of symptomatic relief. Acupuncture and moxibustion have been used for herpes zoster; this systematic review evaluated their efficacy and safety. Nine English and Chinese databases were searched from their inceptions to March 2016. Randomized controlled trials evaluating the combination of acupuncture plus moxibustion in adult herpes zoster were included.

Author(s): 
Coyle, Meaghan E.
Liang, Haiying
Wang, Kaiyi
Zhang, Anthony Lin
Guo, Xinfeng
Lu, Chuanjian
Xue, Charlie C.
Publication Title: 
Pain

This simple method of achieving substantial pain control in patients with documented herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia has been effective in each of the patients in whom it has been used (the most recent 12 cases have been summarized for this report). It has been more effective than narcotic analgesics, oral anti-inflammatory analgesics, sedatives, tranquilizers, TENS, hypnosis and the wide variety of operative measures we have tried in the past.

Author(s): 
King, R. B.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Dane, J. R.
Rowlingson, J. C.
Publication Title: 
JAMA

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether individuals selected for good general health, high hypnotizability, and the ability to alter skin temperature under hypnotic suggestion can influence the delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) response to varicella-zoster (VZ) antigen under hypnotic suggestion. DESIGN: A blinded clinical trial using a repeated measures design with subjects serving as their own controls.

Author(s): 
Locke, S. E.
Ransil, B. J.
Zachariae, R.
Molay, F.
Tollins, K.
Covino, N. A.
Danforth, D.
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

BACKGROUND: Wet cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy commonly used in treating herpes zoster in China, and clinical studies have shown that wet cupping may have beneficial effect on herpes zoster compared with Western medication. METHODS: We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on wet cupping for herpes zoster. We searched PubMed, the Cochrane Library (Issue 3, 2008), China Network Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Chinese Scientific Journals Fulltext Database VIP, and Wan Fang Database. All searches ended in February 2009.

Author(s): 
Cao, Huijuan
Zhu, Chenjun
Liu, Jianping
Publication Title: 
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

BACKGROUND: Wet cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy commonly used in treating herpes zoster in China, and clinical studies have shown that wet cupping may have beneficial effect on herpes zoster compared with Western medication. METHODS: We included randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on wet cupping for herpes zoster. We searched PubMed, the Cochrane Library (Issue 3, 2008), China Network Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Chinese Scientific Journals Fulltext Database VIP, and Wan Fang Database. All searches ended in February 2009.

Author(s): 
Cao, Huijuan
Zhu, Chenjun
Liu, Jianping

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