Long Covid

Long COVID, marked by persistent symptoms post-SARS-CoV-2 infection, is seen in Ayurveda as a doshic imbalance, stressing equilibrium restoration for symptom relief and recovery.


Long COVID, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), refers to persistent symptoms that linger for weeks or months after the acute phase of COVID-19. It encompasses a wide range of symptoms affecting various organs and systems, posing significant challenges for those affected. Ayurveda perceives long COVID as an imbalance in the body’s doshas, particularly Vata and Pitta, and focuses on restoring balance to alleviate symptoms and support recovery.


Long COVID manifests with a diverse array of symptoms, including persistent fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, joint pain, muscle weakness, cognitive difficulties (often referred to as “brain fog”), sleep disturbances, and mood changes. These symptoms can significantly impact daily functioning and quality of life, requiring comprehensive management strategies.

Risk Factors

Factors contributing to the development of long COVID include the severity of the initial COVID-19 infection, pre-existing health conditions, immune system dysregulation, genetic predisposition, and environmental factors such as stress and lifestyle habits. Additionally, certain demographic groups may be at higher risk of experiencing prolonged symptoms after acute COVID-19 illness.


Long COVID encompasses various subtypes based on the predominant symptoms and organ systems affected. These subtypes may include post-viral fatigue syndrome, post-acute respiratory syndrome, neurological manifestations, and cardiovascular complications, among others. Understanding the subtype of long COVID aids in tailoring treatment approaches to address specific symptom profiles and individual needs.


The underlying mechanisms contributing to long COVID are multifaceted and may involve persistent inflammation, immune system dysregulation, tissue damage, and neurological alterations, among other factors. Addressing these underlying causes is crucial for effective management and recovery from long COVID, emphasizing the importance of personalized treatment strategies.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosing long COVID requires a comprehensive evaluation of symptoms, medical history, and exclusion of other possible medical conditions. Ayurvedic treatment for long COVID focuses on restoring doshic balance, strengthening the immune system, and supporting recovery from the lingering effects of the infection.

Treatment strategies may include dietary modifications tailored to individual dosha imbalances, lifestyle adjustments to reduce stress and promote overall well-being, herbal remedies to support immune function and organ health, and specific Ayurvedic therapies such as Panchakarma (detoxification) and Rasayana (rejuvenation) to enhance vitality and resilience. Integrative approaches that combine conventional and Ayurvedic modalities offer a holistic approach to managing long COVID and promoting recovery.

Regular follow-up assessments, ongoing monitoring of symptoms, and adjustments to the treatment plan are essential for long-term management of long COVID within the Ayurvedic framework. By addressing the underlying imbalances and supporting the body’s innate healing capacity, individuals with long COVID can experience relief from symptoms and regain optimal health and well-being.