Acupuncture and Herbs
Long COVID Relief
Fri Jul 15 2022
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine for Long COVID Relief
- Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been found to effectively treat long COVID symptoms.
- Traditional Chinese medicine understands that the virus weakens internal organs, leading to a range of symptoms.
- Research supports the use of acupuncture in alleviating clinical symptoms of COVID-19, such as headaches, myalgia, and abdominal pain.
- Acupuncture treatment for COVID-19 can suppress inflammation, improve immunity, and regulate nervous system function.
Case History and Treatment Protocol
- A case history of a long COVID patient showed that acupuncture helped resolve chest pressure and palpitations after one treatment.
- The patient fully recovered after six additional treatments over nine weeks, along with lifestyle changes for physical activity.
- The treatment protocol included the use of various acupuncture points such as stomach 36, lungs 7, triple burner 5GB 40, GV 20, kidney 3, liver 3, spleen 6, and GB8s.
- Fine-gauge needles were used for a total session time of 30 minutes per session.
- The patient experienced immediate relaxation after the first acupuncture treatment and improvements in energy levels, sense of smell, cognitive function, and exercise ability after subsequent treatments.
Long-Term Effects and Follow-Up
- Improved cognitive function was observed after the fifth treatment.
- The patient resumed normal exercise with no relapse after the sixth treatment.
- Positive results were seen in a one-month follow-up after the seventh treatment.
Herbal Medicine for COVID Treatment
- Herbal medicines like Leon Hua Ching Wen and Ching Fei Bai Dusan have been effective in treating COVID.
Frequency and Expectations of Acupuncture Sessions
- Acupuncture has shown promise in treating post-COVID syndrome but requires multiple visits per week for a few weeks to achieve significant improvement.
- Point selection for acupuncture must be based on differential diagnostics.
- Once-a-week acupuncture sessions are not enough for significant improvement.