A Cleveland Ohio hospital system has added acupuncture to its integrative medicine care of Long Covid patients.
Now, nobody is suggesting that acupuncture can cure Long Covid – not even all the acupuncturists in China would claim that!
However, just as some Pennsylvania cancer hospitals provide acupuncture for palliative care, acupuncture for Long Covid sufferers can relieve discomfort, stress, anxiety, and tension.
The University Hospital Conner Whole Health Clinic in Cleveland has found acupuncture useful for a variety of symptoms of Long Covid including anxiety, brain fog, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, body aches, muscle pain, insomnia, and shortness of breath.
It is estimated that 30% of people who have had Covid-19 experience prolonged symptoms long after the initial disease.
A wide range of issues are experienced by Long Covid sufferers including lung damage, breathing problems, heart, blood circulatory issues, immune system effects, and brain dysfunction.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines Long Covid as symptoms that persist four or more weeks after an initial Covid infection.
Long Haul Covid is still not well understood by medical researchers.
Symptoms of Long Covid involve multiple organs and different physiological symptoms and can last for months.
That is why the National Institutes of Health is spending more than $1.15 billion to study Long Covid as an emerging chronic disease.
Researchers seek to discover how and why the coronavirus affects different people in such a variety of ways, and why some people experience no symptoms at all while others have life-threatening organ damage or lasting disability.
More can be learned about the Cleveland hospital’s integrative approach to Long Haul Covid at www.uhhospitals.org/services/integrative-health-network.
If you are considering acupuncture for pain, anxiety, or stress relief give me a call at 610-662-0755 for a free consultation to see if acupuncture is right for you.
PHOTO CAP: Acupuncture for Long Covid in hospitals