Acupuncture in the Treatment of COVID-19

Acupuncture in the Treatment of COVID-19

Although acupuncture treatment of the COVID-19 flu poses obvious challenges in terms of protecting the practitioner, reports from the frontline in China suggest acupuncture can successfully relieve some of the severe symptoms of the disease. In addition, some of us may at some point find ourselves living alongside infected family members. With good information we may be able to improve the situation.

The COVID-19 coronavirus has presented a serious new threat to humans since the first case was reported in Wuhan, China on 31 December 2019. By the end of February 2020 the virus has spread to 57 countries with nearly 86,000 cases, and there is currently no effective vaccination available.

Chinese herbal medicine has been used in this epidemic with encouraging results, but with concerns regarding disturbance of patients’ digestive function. This study aims to explore the role of acupuncture in treating COVID-19 by investigating relevant current literature along with classical Chinese medicine texts on epidemics.

The June 2020 edition of The Journal of Chinese Medicine published a study on the use of acupuncture with patients showing symptoms related to the COVID-19 infection and have generously made it available for free to the public.