Acupuncture Treatment: What Is It and How Can You Use It to Relieve Post-COVID Symptoms?
Two years in and multiple mutations of coronavirus variants later, the threat of the pandemic still looms large. Perhaps the only silver lining is that the latest variant, Omicron, is not as deadly as its predecessors. However, it is spreading at an alarming rate across the country and the world.
As a result, more and more people are experiencing a range of post-COVID symptoms such as fever, body aches, and respiratory problems. And while there is no magic bullet (yet), many are turning to acupuncture to help boost their immune system and manage the symptoms associated with Omicron. But what is acupuncture exactly and how does it work? We explore this ancient Chinese healing practice in depth below – keep on reading.
What Is Acupuncture Treatment?
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of illnesses. The practice involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body called acupoints.
Considered as an alternative to Western medicine, acupuncture is said to help restore the body’s natural balance and improve its function.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The precise mechanism by which acupuncture works is still not fully understood, but it is thought to involve the release of neurochemical substances such as endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. These neurochemicals are known to have a range of effects on the body, including pain relief, mood enhancement, and increased energy.
It is also widely used to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, and there is some evidence to suggest that it may help to boost the immune system.
Acupuncture for Relief of Post-COVID Symptoms
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for a variety of health conditions. In addition to its potential benefits for the immune system, acupuncture helps relieve pain, improve mood, and increase energy levels.
But just how effective is it in providing relief for COVID patients specifically? We’ve listed some of the common symptoms associated with the Omicron virus below, along with how acupuncture can help.
While fatigue is pretty common during the early stages of the virus, some have reported that they can still feel the lingering lethargy long after the infection has cleared. This may be linked to a number of reasons such as the body’s healing process, stress, or sleep deprivation.
If you’re feeling chronically tired, an acupuncture treatment may be able to help.
See, Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that you may experience fatigue, low energy levels, and general feelings of malaise if you have a qi deficiency. And acupuncture, in its most fundamental operation, is said to help improve the flow of energy or qi in the body.
2. Anxiety and Depression
The psychological effects of the pandemic have been well-documented, with many people struggling to cope with the stress and anxiety of living in these uncertain times. For some, this can lead to more serious mental health problems such as depression.
Acupuncture has long been used as a treatment for anxiety and depression, and there is some evidence to suggest that it may be effective. It helps increase levels of serotonin and other neurochemicals that are known to improve mood.
Additionally, the act of receiving acupuncture treatment can help to reduce stress levels in itself. The relaxation response is a well-documented phenomenon whereby the body’s systems are said to slow down when we experience feelings of calm and peace. This can lead to a reduction in heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels.
3. Digestive Issues
Some COVID patients have also reported digestive issues such as diarrhea, nausea, and loss of appetite. These symptoms are thought to be caused by the virus attacking the cells in the gastrointestinal tract.
Acupuncture has been shown to help treat digestive problems. It is thought to work by stimulating the production of gastric juices and enzymes, which help improve digestion.
In addition, acupuncture may also help to reduce inflammation in the gut, which can lead to a reduction in symptoms such as diarrhea and nausea.
Find Relief for Your Post-COVID Symptoms with Acupuncture
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, acupuncture may be a treatment option worth considering. Not only is it thought to help relieve these specific symptoms, but it also has a range of other benefits that can help improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Want to try out acupuncture for yourself? Our trained and certified practitioners at Leela Eco Spa are here to help. We offer acupuncture services at our 17th Ave, Beltline, Boutique Bridgeland, and Marda Loop locations. Book a consultation today and see how our acupuncture treatment can help you on your road to recovery.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog post is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or medical condition. Please consult a qualified healthcare professional before making any decisions about your health.