To compare the therapeutic effects and safety of herpes zoster treated by the cotton sheet moxibustion combined with the plum-blossom-needle tapping therapy to western medicine.
The multicentral random controlled method was adopted, 120 cases of herpes zoster were randomly divided into a comprehensive treatment group and a western medication group, 60 cases in each one. In the comprehensive treatment group, the tapping therapy of plum blossom needle was applied to the foci, corresponding Jiaji (EX-B 2), Quchi (LI 11), Waiguan (TE 5), Zusanli (ST 36), Taichong (LR 3), etc. Afterward, the cotton sheet moxibustion was given. In western medication group, Acyclovir ointment for external application, Valaciclovir Hydrochloride tablets and Vitamin B1 for oral administration were prescribed. In 7 days of treatment, the clinical symptom score, effect time, efficacy and safety were observed before and after treatment between two groups. The recurrence of disease was followed up for 1 month.
In the comprehensive treatment group, the cured rate and the total effective rate were 80.0% (48/60) and 98.3% (59/60) separately, which were significantly better than 45.0% (27/60) and 71.7% (43/60) in western medication group separately (P < 0.01, P < 0.05). After treatment, in either group, the scores of clinical symptoms such as pain rating index (PRI), Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), present pain intensity (PPI), skin lesion and sleeping score, etc. were all reduced significantly (P < 0.01, P < 0.05). The score reducing was much more obvious in the comprehensive treatment group (P < 0.01, P < 0.05). In the comprehensive treatment group, the time of pain stopping, the time of blister stopping, the time of scarring and the time of healing were all shorter tha tn those in western medication group (P < 0.01, P < 0.05). In the follow-up observation, 1 case (1.6%) was recurred in the comprehensive treatment group and 8 cases (13.3%) were in western medication group. In western medication group, 6 cases presented mild adverse reactions.
The cotton sheet moxibustion combined with the plum-blossom-needle tapping therapy is advantageous at good efficacy, quick effect and short-time treatment for herpes zoster, which is apparently superior to the treatment with Acyclovir ointment for external application, Valaciclovir Hydrochloride tablets and Vitamin B1 for oral administration. It is the safe and effective therapy.