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Holistic Strategies for Managing Long COVID

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By Sofia Health Staff on June, 10 2024
Holistic Strategies for Managing Long COVID

In this episode of Sofia Unfiltered, Riley talks to Dr. Siri Chand Khalsa, MD, MS, Integrative Medicine Graduate, Ayurvedic and Lifestyle Medicine Expert, and Holistic Healthcare Pioneer 

Dr. Siri Chand's Holistic Vision

Dr. Siri Chand's journey in medicine began with a personal health crisis as a pre-med student, leading her to explore alternative healing methods like yoga, Qigong, and Ayurveda. With extensive education, including medical training at the Mayo Clinic and specializations in integrative and lifestyle medicine, she has consistently advocated for a holistic approach to health. Despite resistance from the traditional Western medical system, Dr. Siri Chand remains dedicated to integrating both traditional and modern healing practices, emphasizing the importance of addressing stress and mental health alongside physical health.


Overcoming Barriers to Holistic, Patient-Centered Care

Many doctors, especially those with integrative or holistic approaches, struggle with the system's constraints, including time limitations, insurance reimbursements, and administrative burdens. These challenges often prevent physicians from providing the comprehensive, patient-centered care they aspire to offer. Dr. Siri Chand emphasizes the importance of understanding the pressures on physicians and considering alternative care models like direct primary care or concierge services for more personalized and holistic healthcare.

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Strategies for Managing Long COVID Holistically

  1. Balanced Nutrition: Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains to support immune function and overall health. Consider consulting a nutritionist for personalized advice.
  2. Exercise Wisely: Engage in gentle, low-impact exercises such as walking, yoga, or tai chi to improve circulation, reduce stress, and enhance mood. Start slowly and gradually increase intensity as tolerated.
  3. Manage Stress: Practice stress-reducing techniques such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, or progressive muscle relaxation to alleviate anxiety and promote relaxation.
  4. Sleep Hygiene: Maintain a regular sleep schedule and create a restful sleep environment. Practice relaxation techniques before bedtime and avoid caffeine and electronics close to bedtime.
  5. Symptom Management: Work with your healthcare provider to address specific symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, or cognitive difficulties. 

Holistic Healing for Long COVID

Long COVID often exacerbates pre-existing health issues, requiring a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach for effective management. Dr. Siri Chand's experience highlights the need for a holistic model that integrates various healing modalities, from traditional medicine to complementary practices like Ayurveda and sound healing. She underscores the critical role of self-compassion and acceptance in the healing journey, recognizing that recovery involves not only physical health but also emotional and mental well-being. This integrative approach, combined with a strong focus on restorative sleep, offers a path forward for those navigating the challenges of long COVID.


Personalized Healing for Long COVID Recovery

Central to her message is the significance of self-compassion and acceptance in the healing process, acknowledging the profound changes and challenges posed by Long COVID. Dr. Siri Chand also underscores the vital role of restorative sleep, mental and emotional well-being, and high-nutrient, seasonal food in maintaining overall health and wellness. Her insights advocate for a holistic approach to healthcare, focusing on the interconnectedness of physical, mental, and spiritual health.


More from Sofia Health

Check out the full episode of the Sofia Unfiltered podcast, "Why Holistic Medicine Is Key to Manage Long COVID Symptoms with Dr. Siri Chand", available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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