Long COVID and damaged capillaries

Most people do not know what the symptoms of damage to blood vessels and capillaries are. And no wonder… as the symptoms are so different and not clear that it’s difficult and sometimes impossible to realize that there is a problem.

Covid and other viral diseases could cause vasculitis – inflammation in capillaries. The inflammation can cause the walls of the blood vessels to thicken, which reduces the width of the passageway through the vessel. If blood flow is restricted, it could result in organ and tissue damage. I understand why vasculitis is overlooked. At first, a person is unwell or ill or very ill with fever, respiratory problems, and aches in the body, then recovery starts with fatigue and low-grade inflammation in capillaries could be not obvious.

In this article, I will give you practical advice on what you can do.

There are many types of vasculitis. Vasculitis might affect one or several organs. The condition can be short-term or long-lasting.

Vasculitis can affect anyone who had covid or other viral diseases

The signs and symptoms of vasculitis vary greatly based on the type of condition and they often result from reduced blood flow.

Some of the generally noted symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Aches and pains in the body
  • Night sweating
  • Rashes in the affected part
  • Problems related to nerves such as numbness.

Of course, many of these symptoms can be related to other health problems. Although there is no specific blood test for a diagnosis of systemic vasculitis, inflammatory markers (erythrocyte sedimentation rate or C-reactive protein) can be done.

If the blood test shows that you have inflammation and you have some of the above symptoms, then you can have doctors’ medication treatment.

You could also help yourself with some natural supplements and herbal preparations that could improve the strength and elasticity of capillaries, reduce inflammation and help to rebuild damaged capillaries.

You MUST discuss any new supplements that you are going to use with your GP before you will start them, as supplements are not food, they can interfere in the action of prescribed drugs making their action stronger or less. This is very important!

Here are some suggestions.


Hawthorn improves blood flow, it improves the amount of blood pumped out of the heart after a contraction (heartbeat). It also helps to dilate blood vessels and to help nerves to transmit signals more efficiently. This herbal preparation can be used in a form of a tincture made from berries or flowers of the plant. It is a mild, effective and safe herbal remedy, although you should discuss with your GP if you could use it.


Vinpocetine could help with two things. It dilates the blood vessels to increase blood flow, and it inhibits the tendency that red blood cells have to stick to the walls of blood vessels.

In some countries, this supplement is considered to be safe, in some it is banned.

Ginkgo biloba. It is strong supplement, but I would not recommend it. It is antioxidant and its good, but and it has many side effects. It can increase the blood pressure and if you decided to try it without consulting GP and have a headache after using it, its not for you and you must stop using Ginkgo Biloba immediately. Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba are well known – It improves blood flow and could help with circulation, Alzheimer’s disease, and Dementia.

  • Improves cognitive functions such as memory, learning, and thinking.
  • Makes it easier to perform everyday activities.
  • Reduces depression

Because of its well-known ability to improve blood flow, Ginkgo Biloba has been studied in people with a condition known as intermittent claudication which is pain due to poor blood flow into the legs.

It can help with anxiety, retinal damage and glaucoma, strokes, impotence, PMS, fibromyalgia, and other numerous health problems. There are many other supplements that are not so strong, but much safer.

Homeopathy has also a lot to offer.

The aim of homeopathy is not treating Vasculitis but also to address its underlying causes and individual susceptibility.

Several remedies are available to treat Vasculitis that are usually selected based on the cause and modalities (what makes the condition better or worse) of the particular complaints.

There are the following remedies that are helpful in the treatment of Vasculitis:

Arsenic, Echinacea Angustifolia, Calcaria Carb, Kali Iod, Lachesis, Natrum Iod, Secale Cor, Histaminum, Sulfanilamidum, and some other. It’s better not to try to treat yourself with homeopathic remedies, but to have professional advice from a qualified Homeopath.

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