Acupuncture for long Covid symptoms

Many people are now experiencing long-term effects of Covid-19, suffering from lingering and debilitating symptoms often for months after their initial infection. Symptoms include fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, brain fog, headaches, sinus congestion, racing heartbeat, neurological symptoms, shortness of breath, and muscle pain.

Acupuncture, cupping, and herbal medicine have been used in hospitals in China during the Covid pandemic to manage both acute and long-term symptoms and are considered a viable adjunct in supportive care for this disease.

At the Crane Clinic, Galway, acupuncturists have been helping many people who have post-Covid symptoms with acupuncture, cupping, Chinese herbal medicine, and laser therapy.

Acupuncture treats both physical and emotional issues simultaneously, relaxing the nervous system, reducing uncertainty, fear, and anxiety, and enhancing relaxation and sleep. It has a regulatory effect on breathing and oxygen saturation and improves lung function.

Cupping stimulates circulation, promoting a healthy immune system, and helps with expectoration of sticky phlegm. Cupping is found to give relief to those with sore muscles and back-pain.

Laser therapy provides energy to the cells while reducing inflammation and pain.

Chinese herbal medicine is used according to the presenting symptoms such as lingering sinus infection, heavy painful muscles, headaches, and low energy.

Generally, a course of weekly treatments over a period of about six weeks can help improve energy and lung function, reduce headaches, sinus congestion, joint pain, and regulate the pulse rate.

Article published in Galway Advertiser, Sept 30 2021