At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those who had been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that cause the disease, reported experiencing severe acute respiratory symptoms. (Among thousands of coronaviruses that have been identified, only seven are known to affect humans.) Soon after, however, an increasing number of reports demonstrated that the disease leaves less acute long-term effects on multiple organ systems with a wide variety of manifestations. The most common long-term effects of COVID-19 infection have been general weakness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort and pain, joint pain, and even cognitive disturbances. During the initial stages, the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 escapes natural immune responses in the vast majority of people and infects certain cells. When those cells die and release virus particles, then immune system reacts with a massive inflammatory response, causing so-called cytokine storm syndrome. Latest research demonstrated that traditional Chinese medicine can help not only to control the symptoms associated with COVID-19 but also prevent them, and the practitioners at the Advanced Holistic Center’s Downtown Miami traditional Chinese medicine and Miami Beach traditional Chinese medicine branches stay current with the new discoveries of best methods for regulating COVID-19 effects on the body.
Fortunately, about 80% of individuals who become sick with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms, but the other 20% become severely ill. The primary cause of severe symptoms is not so much the virus itself—at least, this is what has been discovered so far—but the exaggerated immune response, which if left untreated can be quite dangerous and can cause tissue damage. Standard treatment of systemic inflammation is high-dose corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulins, and a couple more options for immune suppression. While immune suppression, which also is called immune modulation, proved to be effective during earlier coronavirus outbreaks, namely SARS and MERS, such an approach can prolong virus proliferation and foster spreading of various infections. On the other hand, scientists continue to search for new treatment options, and the practitioners at the Advanced Holistic Center’s Downtown Miami and Miami Beach branches stay current with the latest discoveries in COVID-19 treatment updates.
One of better-established benefits of acupuncture and its better-understood mechanisms is acupuncture’s anti-inflammatory effects. Considering that the most of symptoms and long-term complications appear to be caused by an excessive immune response, acupuncture can be one of the best treatment options for COVID-19 as well as its after effects. Curiously enough, research has demonstrated that acupuncture has multiple beneficial effects on individuals who have cancer, cardiovascular disease, and/or obesity in addition to COVID-19 infection. Acupuncture has also been shown to be an effective adjunct therapy for breathlessness during COVID infection. Research also suggests that acupuncture can help relieving specific symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection, namely fatigue, stuffiness, chest oppression, muscle and joint pain, headaches, among others. The academic journal Medicine recently published an article suggesting that acupuncture can be an effective treatment modality for relieving side effects of the western treatment of COVID-19; because acupuncture involves no medications, it does not put any additional strain on the liver, for example. The practitioners at the Advanced Holistic Center’s Downtown Miami acupuncture and Miami Beach acupuncture branches regularly read about the new discoveries and recommendations regarding most effective acupuncture treatment techniques for COVID-19 and its complications.
Research has shown that one of the most effective modalities of traditional Chinese medicine is herbs. At the same time, research studies typically focus on specific herbal formulas, such as qingfei paidu decoction, for example, whereas form the traditional chinses medical standpoint even individual formulas should be modified to treat specific issues of individual patients, rather than using the same formula proportions for everybody, as it is the case in many research studies. Additionally, other modalities of traditional Chinese medicine can improve the treatment outcome. Due to the flexibility of the method, traditional Chinese medicine works well as an adjunct or supplementary therapy with western medical treatments. Whether a patient has complications from COVID or any other issues, the practitioners at the Advanced Holistic Center’s Downtown Miami traditional Chinese medicine and Miami Beach traditional Chinese medicine branches follow the traditional approach to treatment and select best-suited modalities and techniques to restore each patient holistically to his or her optimal state of health, rather than merely treat separate symptoms, and comprehensive evaluations that we conduct during consultations help us identify a multifaceted image of each patient’s health status and then to pick and choose the most effective treatment option.