Can Acupuncture Help with Long Covid?

Acupuncture can play an important role in treating post COVID syndrome. About a third of people who have had COVID develop long-term symptoms. Lingering effects of COVID can include headaches, fatigue, insomnia, loss of taste and smell, brain fog, heart palpitations, body aches and shortness of breath. Also common are psychological challenges including anxiety, irritability and depression.

In the early 70’s, acupuncture became known as a powerful tool for pain management. It is now common knowledge that acupuncture can strengthen the immune system, manage inflammation, help regulate the autonomic nervous system, and improve organ function. It has also been shown that acupuncture can be a valuable treatment for mental and emotional health challenges.

How does acupuncture help with post-COVID syndrome? COVID can challenge many different systems in the body including the airways, lungs, heart, liver and kidneys. Additionally, the immune and autonomic nervous systems can become dysregulated.

A recent client suffered from persistent insomnia between the hours of 11PM and 5AM. For this patient, I used the Chinese body clock. The ancient Chinese observed that each organ enjoys a two-hour energetic peak at the same time every day. In health, the Qi transits from one organ to the next every two hours. Sometimes with illness, the energy can become blocked. Energetic blocks are often found with health problems.

Chinese Body Clock

I treated my client with acupuncture to remove the energetic block and support his recovery from post-COVID syndrome. His sleep pattern improved and he is now able to get a good night’s rest.

We have also had post-COVID patients struggling with exhaustion, headaches, SOB, irritability, and loss of smell. Each of these problems is linked to an energetic imbalance that can be addressed with acupuncture. Acupuncture is not meant as a substitute for other treatments. Rather, it can be used as a powerful adjunct in addressing the problems faced by long COVID.