Can Naturopathy Help with Long COVID?

Melissa McDonald B.Sc., Clinical Naturopath

Sarah was a happy, healthy and lively 40-year-old before she caught COVID. She was hit by a severe bout of COVID in 2022, and for 2 years afterwards she suffered from chronic fatigue and exhaustion. Sarah’s GP recommended her to try Naturopathic Medicine, to investigate further into her condition, and to see if natural medicine could help her.

Read more below on what long COVID is, why people are more susceptible than others and how Naturopathy can help do to reduce long COVID symptoms, to get your life back on track.

What is Long COVID?

Long COVID refers to symptoms that persist for weeks or months after the acute phase of a COVID-19 infection. The medical definition, according to the March 2024 Updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Long COVID is:

“Long COVID is defined as the presence of symptoms and signs persisting for more than three months after the diagnosis of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which cannot be explained by alternative diagnoses”.

Acute COVID-19:

Symptoms lasting from four to twelve weeks.

Post-COVID-19 syndrome:

Symptoms lasting longer than twelve weeks.

Many people who catch COVID may eventually go on to develop conditions & signs of long COVID illness.

Symptoms of long COVID may include:

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Brain fog

  • Anxiety, depression or low mood