Most common Covid-19 vaccine side effects and vaccination aftercare

For months, reports have trickled in about weird symptoms of COVID-19. There was COVID toes, unusual skin rashes, and loss of taste and smell, which later became an "official" symptom of the virus. Now there's a new one to keep on the back burner: COVID tongue, which is with bumps, along with inflammation and swelling. 

We also had a patient called in yesterday for acupuncture for the swollen tongue after vaccination. and Jarry (R.Ac)  had a patient who got Bell's Palsy after second dose  vaccine.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility. For mild symptoms, acupuncture can help to relief headache, fatigue, muscle pain, Bell's palsy etc.  More info about COVID-19 vaccination aftercare 

Most common vaccine side effects in older adults 

Data collected from the vaccine clinical trials by U.S.

Side effects in adults 65+ after Moderna vaccine (second dose)
  • Pain at injection site (83.4%)
  • Fatigue (58.4%)
  • Headache (46.4%)
  • Muscle pain (46.9%)
  • Joint pain (34.9%)
  • Chills (30.6%)
Nausea/vomiting (11.8%) and fever (10.2%) were also reported.

Side effects in adults >55 after Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (second dose)
  • Pain at injection site (66.1%)
  • Fatigue (50.5%)
  • Headache (39.0%)
  • Muscle pain (28.7%)
  • Chills (22.7%)
  • Joint pain (18.9%)
Fever (10.9%), diarrhea (8.3%) and vomiting (0.7%) were also reported.

Side effects in adults 60+ after Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • Pain at injection site (33.3%)
  • Headache (30.4%)
  • Fatigue (29.7%)
  • Muscle pain (24.0%)
  • Nausea (12.3%)
  • Fever (3.1%)
Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Acupuncture Cupping Massage for a goodnight sleep

Sleep disorders plague millions of Canadians and can be attributed to a variety of causes. Perhaps the main cause of insomnia and restless sleep is the whirlwind pace that most modern people live with day in and day out. Our society emphasizes ‘doing’ much more than ‘being’. From the perspective of acupuncture, the yin aspect of life is quite depleted for the average modern Canadian. In case you have never heard of yin and yang, these are the polar forces that are reflected in everything in the natural world. Yin is related to stillness, tranquility, and contemplation. Yang is related to movement, accomplishment, and function. We need yin and yang to be in balance within ourselves in order to experience true health and wellbeing. When we are yin deficient, we easily become restless, irritable, and excessively busy. Our ability to rest and restore is compromised, as we never seem to get a break from the constant activity in our minds and our lives.

This is one of the main dilemmas that we face in terms of experiencing deep states of continuous sleep. We have forgotten how to turn our minds off due to the frantic speed of everything around us and we have become yin deficient. The common word is stress, but there is a lot more to this picture than is implied. Another way to look at this is that the sympathetic nervous system is on overdrive. We are stuck in fight or flight mode, as we are trying to keep up with our hectic schedules and myriad responsibilities. We have excessive amounts of cortisol and adrenaline in our systems, which keep us feeling amped up and unable to rest. With the pattern of yin deficiency and a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system, we often feel too warm, excessively thirsty, dried out, and anxious. This pattern is extremely common in menopausal women. Due to the fact that we are in fight or flight, we sometimes can’t tell if we are tired. We often feel wired or manic. Yet other times a deep-seated exhaustion is felt that penetrates into our bones.

There are many other factors that contribute to insomnia, but this is the primary issue that many people are facing. Other potential inputs are nutritional imbalances, suppressed emotions, relationship troubles, hormonal imbalances, and energetic imbalances.

Let’s take a look at a few of the top natural treatment options for insomnia:

Acupuncture: All of the major organs of the body are related to specific kinds of insomnia. For instance, there is a liver/gall bladder insomnia in which one is kept awake strategizing, planning and scheduling their lives at night. This person often can’t turn their minds off unless they read or watch TV before bed. Likewise, there are kidney, heart, lung and spleen forms of insomnia that all have specific manifestations. Acupuncture is an excellent treatment option for insomnia, regardless of its etiology. For chronic insomnia, I generally recommend receiving acupuncture once a week for 4-6 weeks, then we can assess for progress. Acupuncture helps to restore balance to the central nervous system and harmonize Qi, the functional energy that underlies our general state of health. Qi can either become stagnant, meaning that too much energy is locked up in a certain area or organ, or it can become deficient, meaning that there is not enough energy in an area or organ. Either pattern can cause insomnia and both are treatable with acupuncture.

Don't like needles check our TCM Herbal Formula for Insomnia or Cupping treatment for insomnia or Head Massage

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