Neuralgia, Postherpetic

Publication Title: 
BMJ open

INTRODUCTION: Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is one of the most common complications following herpes zoster. Clinical trials indicate that acupuncture could reduce pain and discomfort among patients with PHN. This protocol aims to describe how to accumulate the current evidence on the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for treating PHN.

Author(s): 
Li, Wang
Peng, Weina
Zhou, Jing
Liu, Zhishun
Publication Title: 
Pain Practice: The Official Journal of World Institute of Pain

This report describes the successful treatment of a patient with postherpetic neuralgia using traditional pharmacology in combination with acupuncture. CASE REPORT: A 13-year-old girl developed postherpetic neuralgia following a severe attack of varicella zoster. Despite a 1-week course of intravenous acyclovir initiated at the onset of symptoms, the patient developed persistent left facial pain and constant nausea after lesions were healed.

Author(s): 
Wang, Shu-Ming
Publication Title: 
Alternative Medicine Review: A Journal of Clinical Therapeutic

INTRODUCTION: Our objective was to determine whether a three-week complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approach integrating several therapies from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) along with neural therapy (injection of 1% procaine as local anesthesia) reduces the level of unresolved pain associated with herpes zoster. METHODS: The design was a randomized controlled clinical trial in a community-based primary care clinic in Toronto, Ontario.

Author(s): 
Hui, Fred
Boyle, Eleanor
Vayda, Eugene
Glazier, Richard H.
Publication Title: 
The Clinical Journal of Pain

OBJECTIVE: Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a neuropathic sequelae in 8% to 27% of individuals with prior varicella zoster virus infection and herpes zoster resulting in retrograde demyelination, neurotoxic reactive oxygen species levels, and proinflammatory cytokine activation of microglia. Pain management strategies are well documented, but not always effective. Laser therapy has shown utility in nerve injury-related pain disorders and was considered a potentially efficacious intervention. DESIGN: Case report.

Author(s): 
Knapp, Daniel J.
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Data on the potential efficacy of acupuncture (AC) in controlling intense or very intense pain in patients with Herpes Zoster (HZ) has not been so far adequately assessed in comparison with standard pharmacological treatment (ST) by a controlled trial design. METHODS: Within the VZV Pescara study, pain was assessed in HZ patients on a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and by the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ) both at the beginning and at the end of treatment.

Author(s): 
Ursini, Tamara
Tontodonati, Monica
Manzoli, Lamberto
Polilli, Ennio
Rebuzzi, Cristina
Congedo, Gabriele
Di Profio, Sonia
Toro, Patrizia Marani
Consorte, Augusta
Placido, Giuseppina
Laganà, Stefano
D'Amario, Claudio
Granchelli, Carla
Parruti, Giustino
Pippa, Lucio
VZV Pain Study Group
Publication Title: 
Alternative Medicine Review: A Journal of Clinical Therapeutic

INTRODUCTION: Our objective was to determine whether a three-week complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approach integrating several therapies from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) along with neural therapy (injection of 1% procaine as local anesthesia) reduces the level of unresolved pain associated with herpes zoster. METHODS: The design was a randomized controlled clinical trial in a community-based primary care clinic in Toronto, Ontario.

Author(s): 
Hui, Fred
Boyle, Eleanor
Vayda, Eugene
Glazier, Richard H.
Publication Title: 
Molecular Pain

BACKGROUND: Electroacupuncture (EA) is effective in relieving pain in patients with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). However, the mechanism underlying the therapeutic effect of EA in PHN is still unclear. Systemic injection of resiniferatoxin (RTX), an ultrapotent analog of TRPV1 agonist, in adult rats can reproduce the clinical symptoms of PHN by ablating TRPV1-expressing sensory neurons. In this study, we determined the beneficial effect of EA and the potential mechanisms in this rat model of PHN. METHODS: PHN was induced in rats by a single injection of RTX.

Author(s): 
Wu, Cai-hua
Lv, Zheng-tao
Zhao, Yin
Gao, Yan
Li, Jia-qing
Gao, Fang
Meng, Xian-fang
Tian, Bo
Shi, Jing
Pan, Hui-lin
Li, Man
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