Shingles is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus in the body. This causes a painful rash or blisters, as well as experiencing postherpetic neuralgia. PHN, is a burning pain that affects the nerves and skin, that occurs after the shingles lesions are gone. It is very painful, and most patients seek painkillers to relieve the burning sensation. However, when receiving treatment for Shingles, acupuncture and Chinese herbs may be added to the standard treatment for an enhanced effect, or as a standalone treatment.