Long covid describes the long term complications after coronavirus disease.

Long Covid

Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds and some cause disease. SARS-CoV-2 is one coronavirus and has caused a pandemic of respiratory illness called COVID-19.

Functional Medicine can help both prevention and those people who are symptomatic as well as support those who are experiencing long COVID symptoms. Approaches encompass nutritional, lifestyle and nutraceuticals to support all bodily systems to prevent, reverse and decrease the burden of the virus.

Signs and symptoms of covid

  • High temperature
  • New, continuous cough – 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
  • Loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

Signs and symptoms of long covid

Signs and symptoms that develop following COVID-19 that continue for more than 12 weeks. Cluster of symptoms that are often overlapping, include (but are not limited to); cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, metabolic, renal, dermatological, nervous system, psychiatric, generalised pain, fatigue and persisting fever.

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • IBS Symptoms
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Brain Fog
  • Palpitations
  • Chest Pains
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rhinitis
  • Poor Exercise Tolerance
  • Joint or muscle pain

Conventional Approach

  • NHS advice for a high temperature is to rest, hydrate, take paracetamol or ibuprofen, relax and to lean forward if feeling breathless.
  • Contact 111 if you are feeling more breathless, difficulty breathing on moving around, weakness, shivering, lost appetite, still feeling unwell after 4 weeks.
  • Current advice is to vaccinate to prevent such severe symptoms if COVID is contracted. Further information can be found on;
  • How do vaccines work? https://elearning.ifm.org/how-do-covid-19-vaccines-work/#/

What can Functional Medicine do to support?

  • Use food and supplements to promote the immune system and repair mechanisms of the body.
  • Use supplements and food to modulate the influence that the virus has in the cells of the body.
  • Support energy production through food and supplements (which is a symptom of long COVID)
  • Use lifestyle medicine to improve the resiliency of the immune system.

5 Pillars of Functional Medicine

Managing Stress

Long Covid and Functional Medicine

Do you suffer from long covid and have tried all the usual approaches?

Functional Medicine can help you, simply book an online consultation or arrange a free 15 minute discovery call and find out how we can help.