The world is currently facing a COVID-19 pandemic and the next major problem is going to be post-COVID epidemiology. Heavily shaken by the corona pandemics many of us are currently thinking about how we could contribute to overcome this unexpected situation. A study reported that 87.4% of those who had recovered from COVID-19 reported persistence of at least one or more symptoms, especially fatigue or dyspnoea. According to WHO If people have recovered from COVID-19 but are still experiencing certain symptoms they could have post-COVID-19 conditions. It is also called “long COVID”, “long-term effects of COVID” or “chronic COVID”.
Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems, people can experience four or more weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Even people who did not have COVID-19 symptoms in the days or weeks after they were infected can have post-COVID conditions. These post-COVID-complications are mainly affecting the Respiratory system, Cardiovascular system, and Nervous system. Homeopathy is one of the best ways to prevent and cure Post COVID-19 Complications naturally without any side effects.
These post COVID conditions can have different types and combinations of health problems for different lengths of time. The lungs are the organs most affected by COVID‐19. People commonly report experiencing the following symptoms: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, cough, chest or abdominal pain, heart palpitations, tiredness or fatigue, symptoms that get worse after physical or mental activities, dizziness on standing, difficulty in thinking or concentrating, sleep disorders, mood swings, Joint or muscle pain, diarrhea, fever, change in smell or taste, irregularities in menstrual cycles. COVID-19 itself can lead to neurological and mental complications, such as delirium, agitation, and stroke.
Some people, mostly children who had severe illness with COVID-19 experience multiorgan effects or autoimmune conditions over a longer time with symptoms lasting weeks or months after COVID-19 illness. In some cases, there may increase the risk of long-term health problems. The type of pneumonia often associated with COVID-19 can lead to long-term breathing problems, increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease; blood cells are more likely to clump up and form clots, while large clots can cause heart attacks and strokes; weaken blood vessels which contribute to potentially long-lasting problems with the liver and kidneys also.
Therefore, if a person is battling post-COVID symptoms or any complications, it would be wise to not skip a follow-up visit to the doctor. Doctors also recommend going for some pre-emptive tests to determine the risk of any complications/future ailments for a patient who has recently recovered. The advisable tests include Complete blood count (CBC) tests, Blood Glucose, cholesterol panel, Neuro-function assessment and tests, Chest scans, Heart imaging and cardiac screenings, CRP test.
Homeopathy has helped in the post covid conditions by its holistic approach. It holds a promise to better health in the Post COVID-19 scenario as well. Homeopathy is a science of vitality and safeguards the complete well-being of the patient through its holistic approach. And it does so without any side effects, protecting the physical, mental, and emotional health of the patient. Homeopathy has proven efficacy against respiratory illnesses, treatments for depression provide relief from a range of gastrointestinal issues and also provide symptomatic relief in post COVID conditions. Homeopathy has been recommended as complementary medicine to strengthen immunity and support efforts to recover from post-COVID symptoms. Homeopathy has given the best results during pandemics in the olden days also when the mortality was very less in Homoeopathy in comparison to modern medicine.
The most common Homoeopathic medicines that can help in managing Long COVID complications are:
ARSENICUM ALBUM: This is one of the best remedies for great exhaustion after the slightest exertion with the peculiar irritability of fiber, gives the characteristic irritable weakness. It includes exhaustion, and restlessness, with nightly aggravation, are most important. There is great prostration, with rapid sinking of the vital force with mental restlessness, but physically too weak to move. Cannot rest in any place, changing places continually; fear of death and thinks it useless to take medicine, is incurable, is surely going to die.
ACID PHOSPHORICUM: “Debility” is very marked in this remedy, producing a nervous exhaustion. The patient is listless, apathetic; indifferent to the affairs of life; prostrated and stupefied with grief. Both mental and physical debility. The patient pines and emaciates, grows weaker and weaker, withered in the face, night sweats, cold sweat down the back, on the arms and hands more than on the feet. Feeble circulation, feeble heart; catches a cold on the slightest provocation and it settles in the chest. Dry, hacking cough with catarrhal conditions of the chest.
PHOSPHORUS: Hard, dry, tight, racking cough with congestion of lungs. Sweetish taste while coughing. Burning pains, heat, and oppression of chest. Tightness across chest with great weight on chest. Sharp stitches in the chest, respiration quickened and oppressed. Much heat in the chest. Pneumonia, with oppression and worse, lying on the left side. Whole-body trembles, with cough. Violent palpitation with anxiety, while lying on the left side. Pulse rapid, small, and soft. Heart dilated, especially right. Feeling of warmth in the heart. The sensation of fatigue in the chest. Congestion in the chest, with the sensation of heat which ascends to the throat.
GELSEMIUM: It acts upon the nervous system, causing various degrees of motor paralysis. General prostration with muscular weakness. Dizziness, drowsiness, dullness, and trembling is present along with slow pulse, tired feeling, mental apathy. Complete relaxation and prostration of the whole muscular system with entire motor paralysis. Desire to be quiet, to be let alone; does not wish to speak or have anyone near her, even if the person is silent. Lack of muscular coordination and muscles refuse to obey the will. The heart is feeble and the pulse is feeble, soft, and irregular. There is palpitation during the febrile state. Palpitation, with weakness and irregularity of the pulse. It is accompanied by extreme restlessness from threatened suffocation.
Some other indicated Homoeopathic remedies for post-COVI-19 conditions are Ant Tart, Crotalus horridus, Carbo. Veg, Arnica, Naja, etc.
Doctors have said that COVID recovery should not be taken lightly, and patients should continue to practice utmost care and precaution for 2-3 months post-testing negative. With new variants emerging, doctors are also recommending people to use stronger forms of protection. It is very clear that preventing COVID-19 is the best way to prevent the development of the post-COVID-19 conditions. The best way to prevent post-COVID conditions is by getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you can. Reported side effects to COVID-19 vaccines have mostly been mild to moderate and short-lasting. So, the use of vaccines we know reduces hospitalization and reduces mortality. Public health measures such as wearing masks in the appropriate places, physical distancing, hand-washing, are also extremely important to prevent COVID-19. Fresh fruits and vegetables, eat nutrient-rich foods are part of a healthy diet, and continue participating in mild exercises.