Dr. Elizabeth Rice, associate professor and department chair of homeopathy and pharmacology at SCNM, is the principal investigator of a clinical trial investigating the homeopathic treatment of post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome. For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Rice, visit us here or give us a call at 480-970-0000, select option 2.
Post-acute Covid-19 Syndrome or Long Covid is a syndrome with a broad range of symptoms that lasts four or more weeks after first getting infected with the coronavirus. In 2020, an international survey gathered data from people with Long Covid in 56 countries and theses researchers saw over 200 different symptoms of Long Covid stemming from 10 different organ systems within the body.1 The symptoms of Long Covid most often include debilitating fatigue and brain fog but patients are also experiencing muscle and joint pains, headaches, dizziness, trouble sleeping and many other respiratory, digestive, and heart problems. Mood disturbances are common in Long Covid patients with depression and anxiety ranking high in the symptom list of patients.
The exact cause of Long Covid is not known and there are several theories involving a dysfunctional immune -inflammatory response, micro-clots, mast cell disturbances, chronic viral infection, as well as other potential causes. Currently, there is no conventionally accepted treatment for Long Covid. Most patients in Long Covid Care Centers are referred to a variety of different specialists to treat their symptoms: a neurologist for cognitive problems and headaches, a cardiologist for heart palpitations, physical therapists for post-exertional fatigue and even pain specialists for the varieties of pain patients are experiencing. The severity of your initial Covid-19 infection does not make an impact on developing Long Covid, even patients with very mild Covid-19 infections can develop symptoms of Long Covid.
The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ is sponsoring a clinical trial investigating the homeopathic treatment of Long Covid. The ultimate goal is to determine whether an individually prescribed homeopathic medicine has an effect greater than a placebo and is a good treatment option to improve fatigue and quality of life for patients suffering from Long Covid. There are previous research studies that have shown homeopathy to be better than placebo in treating chronic diseases with symptoms similar to long COVID, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.2,3 Because homeopathy is a system that treats the whole person, taking into account physical, emotional, and mental symptoms, it is likely to be of particular value to people suffering from the myriad symptoms associated with Post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome. You can find more information about the study at Longhaulstudy.com
Even though every person is different and all people should ask their doctor’s advice for treatment, there are a few recommendations to help navigate the symptoms of Long Covid.
For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Rice, visit us here or give us a call at 480-970-0000, select option 2.