Acupuncture is a very versatile therapeutic method that is easily customizable to fit the needs and presenting signs and symptoms of each individual patient. Bearing this in mind, there is no one single method that can be specifically recommended for any single illness as it will vary from person to person, region to region, etc.
While acupuncture can provide a certain degree of benefit for some individuals after they've develop complications due to COVID-19, it is generally not the best option for treatment with any time-critical health problem. Acupuncture works best when received consistently over a long period of time, making it a less-than-ideal treatment during emergency situations that result from rapidly occurring and advanced complications of illness or infection. However all is not lost.
There is one category of acupuncture points known as Ghost (gui 鬼 ) points that is relevant in the treatment of all infectious disease pandemics. And these have a benefit not just for those people who've been infected, but also for those who are mentally and emotionally out of balance from all the stress surrounding an epidemic/ pandemic. The use of Ghost points in this way is better understood within a historical context.
In the earliest development of Chinese Medicine, uncontrollable infectious diseases were related to evil life-force energy or qi, which itself was associated with gui (ghost or demon). Shaman doctors during the Shang dynasty (1600-1046 BCE) commonly used the term gui (ghost or demon) for unexplained illness and disease, and developed a very rudimentary form of acupuncture to release the "ghost" or illness from the body. This concept later made its way into the Zhou dynasty (1046-256 BCE) where it was used used for fighting epidemics. Throughout subsequent Chinese Dynasties, frequent wars and epidemics resulted in great social and economic fear and stress, and the devastation and hopelessness during these disasters was also believed to be caused by ‘ghost qi’. By the Tang Dynasty (618-907), as Chinese culture became more advanced and psychological illnesses became more prevalent, the famous Chinese Medicine physician Sun Si Miao introduced a set of 13 'ghost points' for treating mental-emotional illnesses.
Today, the 13 Ghost points are still recommended in Chinese Medicine to counter various mental-emotional disturbances, especially when they present during epidemics/ pandemics. Epidemics/ pandemics often bring on severe emotional turmoil for the masses, far beyond those infected. Whether people become infected or not, they will have more anxiety during these challenging periods as these types of events often result in great social and economic distress. Needling of the Ghost points can effectively counter this and help people better adapt to the circumstances.
Remember, acupuncture excels as a system of wellness and the prevention of disease by promoting longterm functional health. And this should not be ignored, particularly if you have shown no signs and symptoms of infection.
The following Ghost points can be added to any acupuncture point prescriptions during an epidemic/pandemic. But you don't have to be an acupuncturist to use these points. Anyone can activate them using deep concentration, or by stimulating them with finger-pressure or a blunt massage tool (ie gua sha, end of a spoon, etc), using essential oils or flower essence, or Reki/ energy work.
|Ghost (gui 鬼) points for COVID-19
|Feng Fu (GV 16)||Run your finger directly up the center of the spine at the back of the neck, up towards the head, until you reach a soft tender area just beneath the bone at the back of the skull (occipital protuberance). The soft spot is in a depression in between where the trapezius muscles of both side inserts to the bone.|
|Shang Xing (GV 23)||Run your finger from in between the brows directly up the center of the forehead towards the hairline, and locate a soft tender spot about 1" (2.5 cm) back from midpoint of hairline (if you're bald or have a receding hairline, you'll have to determine where the hairline should be and feel around).|
|Ren Zhong (GV 26)||Place your finger directly at tender spot at the midpoint of the area of the upper lip (philtrum), near the nostrils. In some people there will be a highly visible vertical indentation that can be used as a guide.|
|Tian Qi (CV-24)||Place your finger at the center of your chin and run it directly upwards until you reach a soft depression at the midpoint between the chin and lower lip (mentolabial groove).|
|Shao Shang (LU 11)||With your thumb pointing up (giving a "thumbs-up"), this point is about .1" (.25cm) on the radial side (the inner side) of the corner of nail.|
|Qu Chi (LI 11)||Flex your elbow and run your finger up your forearm on the thumb side (lateral side) towards where the skin forms a crease at the elbow. Locate the tender depression near where the crease begins on the elbow, near the arm bone (lateral epicondyle of humerus).|
|Yin Bai (SP 1)||This point is about .1" (.25cm) on the medial side (the inner side) of the corner of the nail of the big toe.|
|Shen Mai (UB 62)||Feel for the tender depression about 0.5" (1.25cm) directly below the lateral side (outer side) of the ankle bone (malleolus) and in between the tendons (peroneal).|
|Da Ling (PC 7)||With the palm of your hand facing up, feel for the tender depression at the transverse crease of the wrist located in between the tendons (palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis).|
|Lao Gong (PC 8)||With the palm of your hand facing up, make a fist and notice where the tip of "middle" finger (2nd metacarpal bone) rests. Use another finger to feel for the tender depression in between the index and middle fingers (2nd and 3rd metacarpal bones).|
Keep in mind that many of these points are found on all four limbs, so be sure to stimulate both sides.
If you plan to rub essential oils or flower essences into the points, be sure to use highly-quality and energetically charged oils/ flower essences. Varieties to consider include blends containing menthol, eucalyptus, frankincense, amber, peppermint, camphor, lavender, wintergreen, arnica, echinacea, yarrow, and hawthorn.