Updated: Jul 29, 2021
Discover the Secrets of how to Fast Track your Long Covid Recovery
One of the unpleasant repercussions of the covid-19 virus is the debilitating condition of Long Covid which is now a rapidly growing disorder throughout the UK.
Also known as Covid syndrome, post-Covid-19 syndrome or long-hauler Covid-19, it has a range of symptoms similar to those of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
A recent study showed that around 39% of covid-19 sufferers have gone on to experience long covid up to nine months after being first diagnosed. Having recovered from the initial case of COVID-19, sufferers are left with a number of persistent symptoms which are hard to diagnose and treat.
2 main types of sufferers have been identified - the first being those who have still not regained the same health and functional levels they had pre-covid after 6 months, and the second type are experiencing symptoms like long COVID, but with no evidence of permanent damage to the organs such as the lungs, heart, and kidneys which can be responsible for the symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Long Covid?
The range of symptoms is huge with a recent international study led by University College London identifying over 200 symptoms across 10 different organ systems.
The most experienced symptoms include;
post-exertional malaise (PEM)
brain fog and cognitive dysfunction
persistent breathing issues
Some of the other symptoms are;
changes to the menstrual cycle
bladder control issues
How Nimaya's treatments are helping our clients
Since we re-opened back in March this year, we have seen a significant increase in the number of new clients at Nimaya Mindstation who are suffering with Long Covid symptoms, and who are turning to more natural and alternative therapies to treat them.
In 'The Covid Report' - recently published by www.getwell.solutions (run by the best selling authors and researchers into alternative medicine Lynne McTaggart and Bryan Hubbard) -it highlighted the research of Dr Jeffrey Bland, the founder of functional medicine movement and researcher into post-viral syndromes.
He identified 4 strategies which are key to Long Covid recovery and says the solution is not in conventional medicine which just manages the symptoms, but rather it lies in looking at what’s causing the symptoms in the first place and treating the body as a whole.
This is a one of the key practices which Nimaya focuses on, and many of our technology-led therapies and holistic therapies are ideal for targeting and treating the main symptoms experienced with Long Covid and offer a natural healing and recovery experience.
The First Strategy - Gastrointestinal Restoration
Correcting and restoring the gut immune system is an essential first step in treatment, as it is strongly linked to immune disorders and chronic inflammatory conditions - symptoms often found in long Covid sufferers.
Phases 1 and 2 of this strategy relate to removing inflammatory and allergen-producing foods from your diet, followed by replacing them with healthy clean foods and digestive aid supplements.
Phases 3 and 4 are where Nimaya therapies come in to play and where they can be of great help in restoring a healthy gut microbiome and then helping to repair the intestinal lining.
Japanese Integrated Medicine
This is an holistic and complementary approach to managing health and involves both physical and internal medicine. Whilst the physical bodywork helps with ailments such as back pain, arthritis and sprains, it's the internal medicine element of the therapy which provides treatment for the digestive and immune systems, and is such an important part of the long covid recovery strategy.
The internal therapy elements include Gohan, a form of Oriental nutrition which recognises the benefits of certain foods and Kampo, a range of herbal blends which improve the person’s health and recovery.
During a treatment session you'll receive advice on what foods and herbs are best suited to your particular symptoms to bring about the best health results.
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Advanced Red Light Therapy
Using the healing energy of red and near-infrared light at specific wavelengths, the advanced red light therapy bed at Nimaya treats the whole body and accelerates the natural healing of the body, reducing swelling and inflammation and stimulating the immune system. Studies have also shown that red and near-infra-red light delivered to the abdomen area can alter the gut microbiome in a potentially beneficial way.
The repair phase also involves taking additional nutritional supplements to promote repair of the intestinal lining. Their recommended supplements and doseage include:
L-glutamine: 6–10 g/day
Glycine: 6–10 g/day
Pantothenic acid: 500–1,000 mg/day
Zinc citrate: 10 mg/day
Omega 3 EPA/fish oil: 1–3 g/day
Vitamin E: 400 mg/day
The Start of Recovery
It can take up to 3 months to correct and restore the digestive system and there's no quick-fix to this stage, but by integrating the Nimaya therapies into the process, it will enhance and complement the recovery results.
If you'd like to try either of these Nimaya therapies for yourself, you can book online at nimaya.co or give us a call on 0208 103 0212 if you want to discuss your symptoms and how Nimaya therapies can help you! We're always here to help!
P.S Keep an eye out for next week's post where we'll be looking at the 2nd Strategy of Detoxification and also showing you which Nimaya therapies will support and benefit you through this part of Long Covid recovery.
 Characterizing long COVID in an international cohort: 7 months of symptoms and their impact - https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-07-covid-symptoms-people-covid-.html
 - The tragedy of long COVID - https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-tragedy-of-the-post-covid-long-haulers-202010152479
 - Identification of over 200 long COVID symptoms - https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-07-identification-covid-symptoms-prompts-uk.html
 - Photobiomics": Can Light, Including Photobiomodulation, Alter the Microbiome? - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31596658