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Acupuncture for long Covid

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

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Long COVID, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), is a condition where individuals continue to experience symptoms of COVID-19 even after they have recovered from the acute phase of the illness. These symptoms can persist for weeks or months and can include fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pain, cognitive dysfunction, and others.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the nerve and blood flow. There is limited scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture for long COVID, but some studies have suggested that it may provide some relief for certain symptoms.

A review of 12 studies published in the journal Integrative Medicine Research in 2021 found that acupuncture may be beneficial for the management of fatigue and sleep disorders in people with long COVID. Another study published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine in 2022 found that acupuncture was associated with improvements in fatigue, sleep, and mental health in people with long COVID.

While these studies suggest that acupuncture may be helpful for some people with long COVID, it is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand its effectiveness and how it can be integrated into comprehensive treatment plans.

Check out this NBC News article from March 13, 2023.

Nicole Peterson, LAc, MAcOM is a licensed acupuncturist in Ashland, Oregon. She loves sharing her passion for natural approaches to health through her online blog and at her clinic, Ashland Family Acupuncture. Contact us for an appointment or free consultation. 541-631-9649


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