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How does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture improve post COVID-19 symptoms?

What is Acupuncture?

#Acupuncture therapy is a treatment method that stimulates acupoints through acupuncture and moxibustion under the guidance of the theory of TCM to achieve the effect of preventing and treating diseases. Acupuncture treatment has a wide range of indications, and has a significant effect in improving resistance towards diseases, sedation and relieving pain. It is easy to operate and economical as well.


How does Acupuncture work?

· Regulates meridian and collaterals: According to the theory of TCM, the meridian and collaterals are the channels that run Qi and Blood, connecting the viscera and the whole body. When the meridians are blocked, Qi and Blood unable to run smoothly, will eventually lead to pain and numbness. Acupuncture can dredge the meridians to achieve the purpose of activating collaterals and relieving pain.

· Harmonize Yin and Yang: From the perspective of TCM, balance of Yin and Yang is the key to maintaining health. The occurrence of diseases is often related to the imbalance of Yin-Yang, acupuncture can achieve the purpose of treating diseases by reconciling Yin and Yang.

· Strengthen Body Resistance and eliminate evil-Qi: TCM believes that occurrence and development of diseases is the process of fighting between the healthy Qi and evil-Qi. Acupuncture can guide the development of disease towards the direction of recovery by strengthening healthy Qi and eliminating evil-Qi.


How does Acupuncture treatment improve post COVID-19 symptoms?

In recent years, as COVID-19 has been raging, some researchers have pointed out that some patients are likely to experience symptoms similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS) such as persistent fatigue, diffuse myalgia, depressive symptoms and non-restorative sleep. Acupuncture can help to improve these symptoms, and complement well with TCM herbs.


Actual case:

Mr.C, 46 years old, was diagnosed with post COVID-19 conditions on September 28,2020. He reported persistent intermittent cough, headache, finger tingling, joint pain, anxiety, lack of sleep, etc. After taking some medications, his sleep has slightly improved. However, on February 2, 2021, Mr.C developed fingers and joints burning pain, headache, cough, anxiety and mild “brain fog” symptoms. From February 9, 2021 to June 26, 2021 Mr.C received acupuncture treatment from the acupuncture team.


After the acupuncture sessions, Mr.C returned to the clinic on November 8, 2021. Mr. C felt that his "brain fog" had improved, his joint pain and tingling had lessened, his headache and fatigue symptoms had also improved, and he was able to perform his normal life and work.






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