Persistent covid symptoms, which are estimated to include around 200 different manifestations in the body, has been coined the term Long Covid or Post-Covid. Symptoms encompass a range of systems, including
neurological, cardiovascular, physical, digestive and neuropsychiatric.
Do You Have Long Covid?
Persistent symptoms from the acute stage of the virus infection are considered the most common manifestation of long covid. The most
common symptoms experienced are-
- chest pain
- Anosmia (loss of ability to smell)
- Ageusia (loss of ability to taste)
- Memory loss or Brain fog
- Gastrointestinal Symptoms such as pain, bloating, reflux
- Shortness of breath
Why Do Only Some People Have Long Covid?
Like all sickness, everyone is affected differently based on the whole body complexities such as genetics, age, sex, pre-existing
conditions, diet and much more.
When applying a holistic approach to supporting patients to recover, it is paramount to address patients as individuals with
Prior to Covid-19, patients were exposed to other pathogens and conditions such as Ross river virus, Dengue fever, Epstein Barr virus (EBV)
or similar sickness which resulted in chronic fatigue or adrenal fatigue.
Data collected in a retrospective study found that older patients and pre-existing conditions such as asthma were more likely to experience
long covid. This may not come as a surprise since patients are already depleted before contracting covid.
Inflammation and Long Covid
Research has identified patients with post-covid symptoms are more likely to have systemic
and higher levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Systemic inflammation compounds conditions such as anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline.
Naturopathic medicine have the ability to address underlying chronic inflammation with a range of therapeutic agents which are used in
similar disease states. Naturopathic medicine works to re-modulate immune cascades rather than just "turning off" pain receptors
or pain perception. Multiple foods and nutritional medicines work via the COX
and LOX cascades
in the inflammatory processes to dampen down chronic inflammation for longer term results.
Chronic Fatigue and Long Covid
Most viral infections pre-covid affected a percentage of patients which resulted in Chronic fatigue. Research is showing that
fatigue is a result of increased inflammation (pro-inflammatory cytokines), immune reduction and mitochondrial dysfunction.
Autoimmunity and Long Covid
Post-Covid has been shown to flare up autoimmune conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic autoimmune rheumatic disease (SARDs) or
Idiopathic inflammatory myositis (IIM).
Blood abnormalities and an increase in autoantibodies have been reported around 70% of patients studied.
Gastrointestinal Dysfunction and Long Covid
It seems that after a SARS-Cov-2 infection, patients develop reduced gut microbiota diversity and a higher amount of opportunistic
pathogens. As a result this results in a reduction in immune function plus flares inflammation. The combination of negative affects on the
digestive function, decreases the optimal balance in bodily function, thus exacerbating negative symptoms.
Natural Medicines For Long Covid
Naturopathic medicine used to support patients with post-covid symptoms are always holistic and personalised. Potentially all herbal
medicines, minerals, nutrients and other functional medicines could help you recover faster.
The only problem is taking too many will overload your system and will not be personalised for you.
Natural therapeutic agents such as Curcuminoids, glutathione, Coq10 or palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) could potentially help but it is
recommended you seak professional advice for a more tailored treatment protocol.
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