Acupuncture Resolution of Pediatric Mouth Ulcers

Herpangina is a viral pediatric illness that causes ulcers on the roof of the mouth and throat. There may also be comorbid fever, sore throat, headache, or neck pain. 

Researchers at the Fifth People’s Hospital of Yuhang District, Hangzhou, combined acupuncture with standard drug therapy (ribavirin, an antiviral medication used to treat herpangina). Patients receiving both drug therapy and acupuncture in a combined treatment protocol had superior outcomes compared to patients using only acupuncture or only drug therapy.