Q2: We have learned that the symptoms of loss of taste and smell mainly occur in Europeans. Only 10% to 15% of Asians have these symptoms, while about 90% of Europeans suffer from them. What do you think? Can acupuncture help?
——French Faculty free Traditional Chinese Medicine
Prof. Baoyan Liu: People show up symptoms of loss of smell or taste after the virus infection, which is also a common phenomenon.For these symptoms, I think it may be very effective to use acupuncture and moxibustion. In 2016, an article named “Therapeutic effect of acupuncture and acupoint injection on the condition of postvirus-infecting olfactory dysfunction” was published in the Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology in Integrative Medicine.In the article, 90 virus--infected patients with the olfactory dysfunction were randomly divided into three groups, namely acupuncture group, acupoint injection group and blank control group, patients were given acupuncture on bilateral Yingxiang, Shangyingxiang and Biqiu points, lidocaine injection in Yingxiang point, and simple clinical observation respectively. Compared before and after treatment , the results showed that both the acupuncture group and the acupoint injection group could improve the olfactory function of PVOD patients, and they all had significant effects. I think these patients can try acupuncture therapy for the symptoms of loss of taste and smell, which should be of great help. Taste dysfunction and olfactory dysfunction may also be central, basically caused by virus infection from the periphery. Then for the facial paralysis patients with the taste dysfunction, the acupuncture treatment we use has good effect. And these diseases somehow are related to the virus infection.
The reason why loss of taste and smell are more common in Europeans than Asians is still worthy of our further research. But I think that the use of acupuncture therapy can refer to relevant research and reports, it is worth our learning and practice.