Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for long COVID-19
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For some people who contracted COVID-19, may experience symptoms for several weeks or months afterwards. The reasons for this in western medicine are unknown.
The symptoms of long COVID-19 vary greatly from person to person and can include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or tightness
- Problems with memory and concentration known as brain fog
- Difficulty sleeping
- Heart palpitations
- Pins and needles
- Joint pain
- Depression and anxiety
- Feeling sick, diarrhoea, stomach aches, loss of appetite
- A high temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat, changes to sense of smell or taste
The causes of long COVID-19 are not known in western medicine. There are theories that hyper-inflammation caused by COVID-19 may be mediated by mast cell activation (MCA) which may cause long-COVID (LC) symptoms.
In Chinese medicine, long COVID can be caused by exhausted of the body from fighting off the initial infection together or the COVID-19 pathogen still being present in the body.
Both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help relieve the symptoms of long-COVID.
Acupuncture for long COVID
Acupuncture can help to regulate the immune system, including the cytokines. When infected with COVID-19, the immune system becomes overloaded and casues a cytokine-storm.
Research has shown thay acupuncture can improve the lungs of people suffering from long COVID.
Chinese herbal medicine for long-COVID
There are numerous research articles that now demonstrate how Chinese herbal medicine can help elevate symptoms of long COVID. One research paper states how Chinese herbs can recovery from COVID-19 by shortening viral shedding. Other research articles have shown how Chinese herbal formulas such as Qing Jin Yi Qi Wan can relieve symptoms of long COVID.
Other research has shown how Chinese herbal formulas such as Cang Er Zi San can regulate mast cells in humans.
5. 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)
New research has shown how traditional Chinese exercises such as Tai Chi can improve the recover from long COVID.
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