Intercostal Neuralgia

Clinical manifestations of this disease are frequent pains in one or several intercostal spaces, sometimes with a belt-like distribution.

The pain, which is distributed along the costal region, is intensified with coughing or deep breathing, and is characterized by a sharp pricking or electric shock sensation. In severe cases the pain may radiate to the lumbo-dorsal region of the affected side, with hyperesthesia of the skin of the corresponding area and tenderness on pressure at the borders of the ribs.

Acupuncture treatment is effective in this case. If the result is not satisfactory, combine with massotherapy and physical therapy in order to increase the efficacy of treatment.


Huatoujiaji Points at the corresponding level of the spine.


  1. 2 cc. of 2% procaine.

  2. 0.01 cc. of Vitamin B12 or 100mg. of Vitamin B1.

    Note: it is not known how "mg" (a measurement of weight) could be directly injected without putting this material into a wet medium measured such as "ml" or "cc". The source text does not provide this information.

Treat once every 1 - 3 days.

Source: The Treament of 100 Common Diseases by New Acupuncture, Medicine and Health Publishing Company






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