King’s College researchers reviewed their data from the COVID Symptom Study and identified patterns that suggested long-term COVID symptoms were twice as common in women than in men and the median age was 45.
Some recent studies suggest that acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine can help in alleviating symptoms of long COVID and speeding up recovery
Older people and people with serious and chronic medical conditions are the most likely to experience long lasting COVID symptoms, but even young, otherwise healthy people can feel unwell for months after the infection. The most common signs and symptoms include severe fatigue, shortness of breath, persistent cough, joint and chest pain or headache, muscle weakness, loss of smell or taste, poor memory, poor concentration, sleep problems, as well as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the hospital or IC admission. When not treated these symptoms may last for a long time. After all much is still unknown about how COVID will affect people in the long term
As patients recover from Covid-19, there are multiple issues to deal with, the most frequent ones persisting even after two weeks of testing negative are: 1. Cough with a sore throat 2. Fatigue 3. Post-Covid-19 lung disease 4. Anxiety, depression, insomnia 5. Cognitive issues similar to moderate traumatic brain injury 6. Digestive problems like bloating, imitable bowel, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain
Acupuncture can be helpful in patients with chronic lung conditions such as asthma or COPD: acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine can improves shortness of breath due to alveolar damage to the lungs, chronic inflammation, and in general the quality of life in COVID patients.
It is well known that acupuncture as a good impact in regulating and strengthening the immune system in general; Furthermore, acupuncture is very beneficial in case of anxiety, depression and insomnia that are very common in during COVID recovery. Acupuncture has a general effect on general well being, and is known to speed up recovery after a serious illness. People who had to go to ICU and sometimes on a ventilator have suffered extreme chock’ it is essential to use natural treatment such as acupuncture to calm the autonomic nervous system and reduce any further “fight or flight” stress.
Post covid symptoms have similarities with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, two conditions known to respond well to acupuncture.
And finally, it is important to mention that that acupuncture is a safe treatment without side effects.
With possibly five millions people infected in the Uk, and estimated 10% are long COVID sufferers, or half a million of people with long term symptoms
Vitamin D may help to reduce destruction of pneumocytes and stimulate surfactant production which can prevent severe lung injuries. Pneumocytes are specialised cells in the lungs that produce surfactant a soapy chemical which protects against acute respiratory distress syndrome. COVID virus targets these cells leading to reduced surfactant levels.
Zinc reduces inflammatory response as well as damage to host tissue. Zinc is involved in the modulation of the master regulator of pro-inflammatory responses.
NAD+ supplementation could play an important role in regulating immune responses and functions. Recent studies suggest NAD+ replenishment as possible avenue to ameliorate deleterious inflammatory responses. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) and its reduced form (NADH) play a important role in maintaining cellular metabolism and cell survival.
Vitamin C (ascorbate) is essential for health. taking extra vitamin C improves healing and reduces fibrosis.
Quercetin is the most abundant dietary flavonoid; it has been linked to improved exercise performance and reduced inflammation, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. Plus, it may have brain-protective, anti-allergy, and anticancer properties. It is reported to be effective on treatment and prophylaxis of other SARS like coronavirus infections, as a strong antioxidant and scavenger flavonoid without any adverse events.
There is evidence that vitamin C and quercetin co-administration exerts a synergistic antiviral action due to overlapping antiviral and immunomodulatory properties and the capacity of ascorbate to recycle quercetin, increasing its efficacy. Quercetin was also identified as a compound able to block SARS-Coronavirus entry into cells the beneficial effects of quercetin in preventing lung respiratory viral infection
It is the simplest explanation for why some longCOVID-haulers aren’t recovering, even if they test negative, they may in fact still retain a COVID infection somehow in their body. Amy Proal, a microbiologist with the PolyBio Research Foundation, focuses on chronic inflammatory diseases, and believes that if people feel sick after an infection, it may be because they in fact are still fighting a hidden infection. “An incredibly logical explanation is that the driving factor is still there,” she says.
A similar argument over what drives chronic symptoms, persistent infection versus lingering inflammation from a past infection, appears prominently in the study of Lyme disease. Some people infected with Borrelia Burdorferi, the tick-borne bacterium that causes Lyme, fail to recover after typical antibiotic treatment. Patients may refer to this illness as “chronic Lyme disease,” and some doctors prefer to call it “post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome,” because they’re not sure an infection is still there. However, it is possibly in fact that the Lyme bacterium has not been sufficiently eradicated. Unlike typical bacteria, Borrelia Burdorferi is a slow growing bacterium that requires a longer duration of treatment. The controversy stems from the question of the cause of this post-Lyme illness; this very question has resulted in the medical field being polarised for years debating whether treatment was complete, and the post treatment effects are result of the damage from the bacteria and or its inflammatory cascade, versus inadequate, incomplete treatment.