Long COVID, or Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), is a perplexing and debilitating condition that affects individuals who have recovered from the acute phase of COVID-19 but continue to experience a range of lingering symptoms. While research on Long COVID is ongoing, acupuncture is an emerging therapy that shows promise in managing these symptoms is acupuncture. Learn how to treat Long COVID.
Understanding Long COVID
Long COVID is characterized by a wide array of symptoms that can persist for weeks or even months after the acute infection has cleared. These symptoms often include fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog, muscle and joint pain, chest pain, and more. The exact cause of Long COVID is still not fully understood, making it challenging to develop effective treatments. Luckily, Chinese Medicine knows how to treat long COVID through a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine.
The Potential Benefits of Acupuncture for Long COVID
Several studies and empirical evidence suggest that acupuncture may provide significant relief to Long COVID patients:
- Pain and Fatigue Management: One of the most common and debilitating symptoms of Long COVID is chronic pain and fatigue. Acupuncture has been shown to release endorphins and improve circulation, which can help reduce pain and increase energy levels.
- Respiratory Support: Long COVID often includes breathing difficulties. Acupuncture may help improve lung function, decrease inflammation, and alleviate shortness of breath by stimulating specific points that impact the respiratory system.
- Stress Reduction: Anxiety and depression are frequently experienced by Long COVID patients. Acupuncture is known to reduce stress by regulating the release of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
- Immune System Support: Acupuncture can enhance the body’s immune response, which may aid Long COVID patients in fighting off any remaining viral particles and recovering more efficiently.
We know COVID has the ability to affect multiple systems in the body: cardiovascular, neurological, immune, gastrointestinal, and reproductive. Not everyone experiences Long COVID in the same way. For some Long COVID is debilitating and for others, it can mildly or significantly impact their quality of life. If you are wondering how to treat long COVID consider Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine as it has a long history of working to improve the quality of life in those suffering from chronic illness and post-viral complications. In my practice, I have been closely treating individuals with Long-haul and post-COVID complications with great success for a number of years now.
Ready to take control of your Long COVID symptoms and begin your journey to recovery? Schedule your acupuncture appointment or call for a free telephone consultation to see if working together is the right step for you. You don’t need to wait any longer to regain your health and well-being.
I came to Susannah depleted and scared. I’d been running on empty and believed that was my normal. What I loved about working with Susannah was that she intuitively met me where I was and also felt my strength, vitality, and health. It was refreshing to not be seen as broken because despite it all, that’s how I felt- not broken. Through our regular and consistent work together over the course of a seven months, I was restored to a level of health that I was unaware that I deserved, needed, and belonged in. Susannah is patient, gentle, and has so much integrity. It was such a pleasure to be in her presence.Tara Galeano