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Long Covid or Post Covid Conditions (PCC)

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Some people that have been infected with Covid-may be experiencing long term effects from the infection.  If symptoms last more than four weeks after the onset of Covid-19 these symptoms would be classified as Long Covid or PCC.

Historically, Acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine has been proven beneficial to treat influenza-like febrile illnesses. Scientific literature and case studies support the effectiveness of acupuncture for symptoms associated with acute and chronic respiratory viral infections, such as influenza, including SARS and COVID-19. Although COVID is new to the medical world, we have seen emerging evidence of acupuncture's effectiveness in managing Long COVID symptoms.

Studies have shown that Acupuncture may favorably modify the length and outcome of Long Covid when used part of a multidisciplinary approach for symptom control and disease management in improving the quality of life in Long Covid Symptoms.

The symptoms of Long Covid are often difficult to explain and manage.  Currently there are no laboratory test to diagnose this condition.  

Some of the symptoms may include the following:

  • Fatigue that may interfere with daily functioning

  • Post exertional malaise.  Symptoms that get worse after physical or mental effort.

  • Fever

  • Respiratory and heart symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Cough

  • Chest pain

  • Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)

  • Brain Fog.  Difficulty thinking or concentrating.

  • Headaches

  • Sleep problems

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness especially when standing up

  • Pins-and-needles feelings

  • Change in smell or taste

  • Depression or anxiety

  • Digestive issues

  • Diarrhea

  • Stomach pain

  • Joint or muscle pain

  • Rash

  • Changes in menstrual cycles

  • Other symptoms that are hard to explain and manage

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