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Treating Long Covid with Acupuncture

Long Covid, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), is a complex and poorly understood condition characterized by persistent symptoms following recovery from acute COVID-19 illness.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), COVID-19 is seen as a form of external pathogenic invasion, known as a “Wind-Heat” invasion, which can cause respiratory symptoms and fever. TCM practitioners view COVID-19 as a condition that can be treated using a combination of herbal medicine, acupuncture, dietary therapy and other modalities.

According to TCM theory, COVID-19 can cause imbalances in the body’s energy, or Qi, which can lead to symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Treatment focuses on restoring balance and promoting the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

Dietary therapy may also be used in TCM to address COVID-19. Foods such as ginger, garlic and scallions may be recommended for their anti-inflammatory properties and ability to support respiratory health.

While there is still limited research on the use of acupuncture for long Covid, some early studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that acupuncture may be a useful treatment approach for some of the symptoms associated with this condition, such as fatigue, brain fog and musculoskeletal pain. The use of acupuncture has been associated with improved quality of life and reduced anxiety in some long Covid patients.

If you are experiencing long Covid symptoms and are considering acupuncture, it is important to consult with a qualified acupuncturist and discuss your treatment options.

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