Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for long COVID-19
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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
2. Symptoms of long COVID-19
The symptoms of long COVID-19 vary greatly from person to person and can include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Body aches
- Poor memory
- Rapid heart rate
- Shortness of breathe
- Reduced eye sight
- Wheezing or reduced lung capacity
3. Treatment of long COVID
There are numerous media stories which state how long COVID is being treated in mainland China with Chinese herbal medicines, which has proven to be very successful. Traditional Chinese medicine has been used in 85-90% of COVID-19 cases. This can be seen in the low death rate and virus infected rate when compared to other countries that don't use Chinese herbal medicine, such as Italy. Acupuncture treatment using points such as Taiyuan (LU9) and Yangxi (LI5) have been used on patients in China with COVID-19.
The traditional chinese medicine (TCM) treatment strategy used to treat the COVID with Chinese medicine is similar to that used to treat the SARS out-break. Herbs that boost the person's defensive wei qi (immune system) are combined with other herbs that are used to treat respiratory disorders such as ma huang have proved effective in treating covid-19 patients in Hubei province, China. There are several Chinese medical formulas that have been used by the Hubei Province Integrated Chinese\Western Medicine Hospital in China.
The Chinese government's president Xi Jinping supports the use of Chinese herbal medicine in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
There are several Chinese herbal remedies that were used in front-line hospitals in Wuhan, China. They include:
- Chai Ge Jie Ji Tang
- Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang
- Gan Lu Xiao Du Dan
- Chai Ping San, San Ren Tang
- Sheng Yang Pi Wei Tang
- Zhuye Shigao Tang
- Wangshi Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang
- Liu Junzi Tang
- Sheng Mai San
- Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang
- Yu Ping Feng San
Research has shown that acupuncture can help people recover from the virus. There is no cure for COVID-19 but there are several vaccines undergoing clinical trials.
4. Natural herbs for long COVID-19
There are many natural herbs (medicinal plants) that you can easily source and take each day to improve your immunity and prevent infection. They include:
- Ginseng (Ren Shen)
- Astragalus (Huang Qi)
- Chinese red dates (Jujube)
- Brown sugar
- Ginger (Sheng Jiang)
5. Clinical trials
Currently, there are over hundred clinical trials using traditional Chinese medicine to treat COVID-19 with 126 trials according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These studies show that Chinese herbs can play an important role in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).
Can Chinese Medicine Be Used for Prevention of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)? A Review of Historical Classics, Research Evidence and Current Prevention Programs. Luo H, et al. Chin J Integr Med. 2020 Feb 17. doi: 10.1007/s11655-020-3192-6.
Expert highlights traditional Chinese medicine in fight against novel coronavirus: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-02/19/c_138796388.htm.
Coronavirus Covid-19: China uses traditional medicine for treatment: https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/news/covid-19-china-traditional-medicine/
Coronavirus: 85 per cent of patients in China benefiting from traditional Chinese medicine, officials claim: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3052763/coronavirus-80-cent-patients-china-benefiting-traditional?fbclid=IwAR0Lv79vefnQQ-4iS6-W3fOosFH6tBhsv3sT6NCAksc6JtR7gTYMk60nQh4
Yang, Y, et al. Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Patients Infected with 2019-New Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2): A Review and Perspective. nt J Biol Sci 2020; 16(10):1708-1717. doi:10.7150/ijbs.45538
Beijing pushes traditional Chinese medicine as coronavirus treatment despite questions over benefits. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3076500/beijing-pushes-traditional-chinese-medicine-coronavirus Re, J, et al. Traditional Chinese medicine for COVID-19 treatment. Pharmacological Research, Volume 155, May 2020, 104743, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phrs.2020.104743.