Covid appears to be making its rounds again, and while many people are moving past the panic of Covid itself, much concern still remains about Long Covid. Is this really something to be feared? Can anything be done?
Before tackling support for Long Covid, it’s important to understand what it encompasses.
Long Covid, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), is a condition that occurs in some individuals who have recovered from an acute COVID-19 infection. It involves a range of symptoms and health issues that persist for weeks or even months after the initial recovery from the acute phase of the illness.
Common symptoms of Long Covid may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Brain fog or cognitive difficulties
- Chest pain
- Joint pain
- Loss of taste or smell, or alteration of taste or smell
- Heart palpitations
- Digestive issues
- Skin rashes
Why do some people experience Long Covid symptoms while others seem to recover and move on with no lingering effects? The exact causes of Long Covid are not fully understood, but it is believed to result from a combination of factors, including lingering viral particles, immune system dysregulation, and inflammation.
As usual, here at CHI we aim to get to the root cause of what ails the body rather than treat only the symptoms. Because Long Covid is so complex, our holistic approaches address the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the condition and promote overall well-being. Here are some holistic approaches that may be beneficial for Long Covid:
- Nutrition and Dietary Support: Emphasize a balanced diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Include immune-boosting foods and anti-inflammatory nutrients like antioxidants.
- Stress Management: Practice stress-reduction techniques such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises. Adequate sleep and relaxation are essential for recovery.
- Physical Activity: Gradual, low-impact exercise routines can help improve stamina and reduce muscle stiffness.
- Herbal Remedies and Supplements: Some herbs and supplements like adaptogens, immune-supporting herbs, and vitamins and supplements may support recovery. Consult a naturopathic doctor for guidance.
- Mind-Body Practices: Incorporate mind-body practices like Tai Chi or Qigong to enhance physical and mental resilience. Acupuncture and acupressure may help alleviate specific symptoms.
- Homeopathy: Homeopathic treatments are individualized and may help alleviate Long Covid symptoms. Consult a qualified homeopath for guidance.
- Energy Healing: Some individuals find relief from practices like Reiki or energy healing to rebalance their energy and promote healing.
- Supportive Therapies: Therapies like aromatherapy, massage, and hydrotherapy to ease discomfort and reduce stress.
- Neurotherapy and Reprocessing Therapies: The brain can learn and remember the symptoms from the original infection, so retraining the brain can improve anosmia and parosmia
It’s crucial to consult with healthcare professionals, including naturopathic doctors or integrative medicine specialists, to find out what approach will work best for the symptoms that your body is presenting. Because Long Covid can affect multiple organs and body systems, underlying issues may need to be addressed very specifically before the symptoms of Long Covid begin to pass.