Great news again for acupuncture….research has shown that acupuncture combined with herbal medicine outperforms Acyclovir for the treatment of shingles (varicella zoster virus)! According to researchers from Hubei Medicine College in China, acupuncture combined with a basic herbal formula (with modifications as needed) has a 100% total effective rate for the treatment of shingles whereas a combination of oral and topical Acyclovir plus Methylcobalamin has an 82.86% total effective rate. In a related study, Dongfeng General Hospital researchers determined that acupuncture and herbal medicine has a 98.6% total effective rate when combined with Acyclovir treatments, concluding that acupuncture plus herbs is both safe and effective for the treatment of shingles. PASS THIS GREAT NEWS ALONG!!