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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.