Insights From A Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner: Explaining the Root Cause of Long Covid


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people worldwide, it has become clear that the virus can impact each person differently. Some people may experience severe respiratory symptoms, while others may be asymptomatic. However, regardless of the severity of the symptoms, the virus has the potential to impact many different parts of the body and can lead to a range of post-recovery symptoms.

What Causes Long Covid From a TCM Perspective?

As a healthcare practitioner, I have seen an increasing number of patients who have contracted COVID-19, and I have also experienced the virus myself. From my observations, I have found that many patients exhibit signs of Qi deficiency and Yin deficiency, which can manifest in various ways, such as fatigue, weakness, and dryness of the mouth and throat. Additionally, as I observe the infection process of the virus, I notice clear characteristics of dampness and heat, which can further exacerbate these deficiencies.

Effective Long Haul Covid Treatments

To fight against damp heat, the body's own Qi and Yin are inevitably consumed. Therefore, in the post-recovery stage, many patients may experience feelings of insufficient Qi and dehydration, which are not necessarily related to whether they are drinking enough water. The substance that truly nourishes the body is "Jin Ye", which is produced through the cooperation of multiple organs such as the spleen, stomach, and lungs. Hence, when the Jin Ye is depleted, and the organs such as the lungs, spleen, and kidneys have not fully recovered, post-COVID-19 symptoms may appear.

To help recover from COVID-19, in addition to getting enough rest and doing breathing exercises, there are also some dietary therapies that can be tried. For example, foods that are cooling and nourishing for the body, such as watermelon, cucumber, and mung bean soup, can be beneficial. However, I highly recommend seeking out a Chinese medicine practitioner to understand your physical condition and, if necessary, take Chinese medicine for a short period to help restore balance to the body.

In conclusion, COVID-19 can impact many different parts of the body, and post-recovery symptoms can be varied and complex. However, by understanding the concept of Qi deficiency and Yin deficiency, as well as the importance of Jin Ye, we can take steps to support our bodies during and after COVID-19. As always, it is important to seek professional medical advice and care if you are experiencing any symptoms or concerns related to COVID-19.

If you want to know more about long haul covid treatments or specific treatment for long covid fatigue, TCM practitioner Michelle Zhang can help. Contact us and we can help you recover from this condition.

About the Author:

Michelle Zhang is a registered TCM practitioner. Dr. Michelle is well-versed in acupuncture and TCM to treat women's health issues such as hormonal imbalance and fertility, chronic pain, or emotional challenges like stress and anxiety management. She loves to integrate holistic techniques such as Singing Bowl into her treatments to put her patients at ease with the treatments.

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