Many people are now facing the long-term consequences of Covid-19, suffering from lingering and debilitating symptoms, often for months after their recovery. ‘Long Covid’ covers a wide range of symptoms that vary widely from person to person, fatigue is commonly seen and shortness of breath, muscle weakness, digestive issues, heart symptoms, chest pain, joint or muscle pain, headaches, and brain fog. Apart from the physical symptoms, many suffer from mental, emotional, and psychological effects, for instance, anxiety, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Acupuncture that is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine is well placed to help people with Long Covid, and treatment is tailored to the individual and aims to support the body to bring itself back to health. Patients with multiple chronic symptoms are treated using a holistic approach, helping to support their self-healing capabilities to provide better sustained, overall improvement, rather than focusing on one symptom at a time.
This approach will include the effects on the immune system and inflammatory processes. Acupuncture calms the nervous system, helping quieten the stress hormones of flight and fright and turning on the parasympathetic nervous system, it is particularly useful for Long Covid as acupuncture treats both physical and emotional issues simultaneously.
There is evidence of acupuncture’s benefits for various symptoms that may be seen with Long Covid, it has been shown to improve fatigue and quality of life for chronic fatigue sufferers, it has also been proven to help with headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and pain.
Acupuncture also works very well alongside conventional medicine, as with any chronic condition, supporting the system with good quality rest, healthy nutritious eating, and gentle exercise is also important. Long COVID can be extremely distressing for anyone affected, however, Traditional Chinese Medicine can be helpful for those who are suffering from these conditions.