Long Covid-19 – How Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Can Help



Dr. Heather Schuerlein DACM, AP, DIPL.OM

At this point in the Covid-19 journey, you have either had Covid-19 one or more times, or you have known someone who has had it. We all know the signs and symptoms: Headache, sore throat, fatigue, loss of smell and taste, are the most reported; digestive system complaints such as diarrhea and indigestion have also been reported. An estimated 10% of people suffer from what is known as long-haul covid, or long-haul, where they continue to experience a different set of symptoms for a few months (at the time of writing, some patients reported long-haul covid symptoms over 6 months).


  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fatigue or fatigue
  • Chest or stomach pain
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Rapid heartbeat (heart palpitations)
  • Symptoms that worsen after physical or mental activities
  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Diarrhea
  • Change in taste and smell
  • Fever
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness when standing up
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Eruption
  • Mood swings
  • Headache
  • Changes in menstrual cycles
  • brain fog

Many of these symptoms alone can be difficult to treat, when they occur in conjunction with treatment it becomes even more problematic. This is where Chinese medicine and acupuncture come in.

How Chinese Medicine Works
Chinese medicine treats the disease pattern and the individual the disease affects. There is no “one size fits all” approach, as each person will present slightly differently. One person may have a headache and cough, the other will suffer from body aches and diarrhea. This is why Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture work so well! It is tailored to the individual, not the masses. This is also why Chinese herbal medicine is so difficult to study; there are not many things that western science can determine and research. Some research has been done with other herbs; the attributes and uses of ginger (sheng jiang) have been well studied, along with other herbs such as astragalus (huang qi).

At Palm Coast Acupuncture & Wellness, we are always on the cutting edge of new treatments available. In conjunction with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, we also use red light therapy (aka PBM), infrared heat therapy, ATP bioresonance therapy, and acupuncture point injection therapy. This gives us the best possible results for our patients.

Treatment for Long Covid
Long Covid is exactly what it sounds like – experiencing symptoms long after recovery from covid. Due to the nature of the symptoms, expect a recovery time of approximately 1-3 months (depending on the severity of the symptoms. More severe? Longer). At our office, you will have a treatment plan tailored to you and your individual health needs. Treatment is usually done a few times a week for 3 weeks, then a reassessment is done to assess progress. At that time, we would adjust accordingly. The treatment plan would include personalized Chinese herbal medicine, red light therapy, infrared heat therapy, and PEMF mats. We have a saying that health care is like a cake; it takes all the ingredients to make a good one. If you would like to make an appointment, you can do so online at www.palmcoastacupuncture.com or call us at 386-225-6134. Looking forward to serving you.



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