November 18 , 2020 / 6 minutes, 48 seconds

Acupuncture for Covid-19? Yes!!!

Author: Annette K. Scott

Acupuncture points

Chinese medicine is old, thousands of years old. The physiology, pathology, methods, and mechanisms of treatment are described in ways that are very different and seemingly whimsical when compared to their counterparts in western medicine. Case in point, catching a cold in Chinese medicine is called “a wind invasion.” The points used to treat the common cold have functions such as “expel wind” and “release exterior.” Harry Potter diagnosis aside, evidence-based research reveals that acupuncture works. But how and why? It’s the answers to these questions people have a hard time with. Yet, numerous “western” studies have documented mechanical evidence of what is physiologically happening during an acupuncture treatment. When these studies are published, it is not only vindicating, it’s another nudge toward acupuncture’s broader integration into western medicine as a way to illicit the body’s natural desire to heal and be whole.

The rest of this blog entry is about one single acupuncture point and it’s affect on the ability of our bodies to increase peak oxygen uptake and healthy endurance. Maintaining our endurance and being able to get precious oxygen into our system is definitely important during this time with Covid-19…

Zu San Li, also known as Stomach 36 to English-speaking doctors, is an acupuncture point approximately 4 finger widths below the knee and one finger width lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia. Zu San Li translates to “Leg Three Miles”. This name stems from an ancient story about how Chinese warriors would wear a bag with stones around their waist when they would hike across the country to engage in battles. When a soldier became too tired to continue walking, he would kneel causing the bag of stones to hit the shin right at this acupuncture point. When the soldier stood back up, they would be invigorated enough to walk at least three more miles.

Chinese Herbs

I don’t know if this story is true, I do know that one of the many indications for this point is to increase endurance. Increasing endurance in Chinese medicine is a function of strengthening the spleen, stomach, and invigorating Qi. This sounds like gibberish to most, especially to western doctors. However, there have been studies as recent as 2008, 2009 and 2018 that were able to measure a significant decrease in blood lactic acid in athletes after using this acupuncture point. In 2019, a study to measure the efficacy of using acupuncture to treat COPD was published.  The authors of the study found acupuncture protocols stimulating Stomach 36 significantly increased peak oxygen uptake. Decreased lactic acid build-up in your muscles and an increased utilization of oxygen certainly help with endurance. (Isn’t one of the long-term side effects of Covid a decreased oxygen blood level?)



Historically, Stomach 36 was known as a longevity point. Myths existed telling stories of people extending their life by 100 years by stimulating this point on a daily basis. While longevity encompasses many different aspects of health, one component that is certainly important is the body’s ability to fight off infection and viruses.

Hubei University of Chinese Medicine researchers discovered that electroacupuncture stimulation of acupuncture point Stomach 36 enhanced the level of immune cytokines and splenic CD4+ T cells through TRPV channels. Results were confirmed using immunohistochemical analysis. The researchers precisely identified that electroacupuncture at Stomach 36 enhances cytokines, which are proteins secreted by cells that have a specific effect on the interactions and communications between cells. The researchers discovered that acupuncture enhancement of cytokines and helper T cells (CD4+ T cells) is through TRPV (transient receptor potential vanilloid) channels. TRPV channels are cellular sensors for a variety of physical and chemical stimuli. These findings are significant because CD4+ T cells are of paramount importance in human immune systems. These cells are referred to as helper T cells and are active in the immune system’s defense against microbes, including viruses.

Immune Function

Because of Covid, this research is currently more relevant. Stomach 36’s influence on digestion is actually its main indication (the Journal of Autonomic Neuroscience published an article on this point’s effect on gastrointestinal motility) and yet, the effect of this one point on a range of immune functions is worth pausing to review.

All this research on one acupuncture point is meaningful. There is much more than what is mentioned here. With all of its therapeutic functions, it is humbling to think that it’s just one point among hundreds.

Adding acupuncture to one’s health regimen and self-care can go a long with very little…consider booking your appointment and get the good going!

Book Now


Reference articles:

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions


You can sign up for classes online through our MindBody app (Kodawari Studios), through MindBody directly or in person in the studio. All classes will be shown online and any changes will appear on the weekly schedule.

If you book a class but don’t show up, you will not be charged.
If you have booked online, you need to be at the studio and check-in at least 10 minutes before the class starts. If you come as a drop-in yogi, you need to be here at least 10 min before to ensure your space and have time to check-in, take care of yourself and get your mat down.


We reserve the right to take photos in the studio and to share these photos on social media.


Conditions for Class Cards

Class Cards with 5, 10 and 20 classes expire after 1 year. There is a $50 reinstatement fee for expired classes.

The New Student BOGO offer is a one-time offer to new yogis and can only be bought one time. $20 and gets you two classes for the price of one.

The New Student 30-day Month Unlimited offer expires after 30 days. This is a one-time offer to new yogis and can only be bought one time. Purchases are binding. They can not be put on a friend’s profile or refunded.

Class cards can be shared between two people. An active credit card must be kept on file.
All class cards become active from your first booking, not the day of purchase.

Conditions for Auto-pay Memberships

Auto-pay memberships options give you a range of access to yoga practice on a monthly basis and offer you discounts on all services and non-food products. The membership can start on any day of the month. All memberships (with the exception of the 1-and-Done) require 30 days email notice to [email protected] to terminate. Auto-pay memberships are active from the day you buy it, not from the day you have your first booking!

On the day of purchase, you sign the contract for your preferred membership, associate an active credit card to your profile and pay for that 1 month of practice. Thereafter you pay each month the assigned price for your chosen membership. The money is automatically collected using your credit card. The automatic payments will continue until you cancel your membership.


It is possible to put your membership on hold 2 times per calendar year for a total of a 1 month period. You can do this via an email request to [email protected] or in person at the studio.

Please note: we do not keep your credit card info in our own database. Our payment provider keeps the info in their highly secure and certified systems.


Rules for Traveling Yogi 1 Week Pass
The Traveling Yogi Pass gives you unlimited access to yoga classes for 1 week (7 days). The 1 Week Pass can not be extended, put on hold and is personal. It can only be purchased 12 times in a calendar year and you must provide proof of out-of-state residency. The weekly pass is activated from the day, you make your first booking.

Conditions for Events
Event registration is personal and binding. You can sign up for workshops online or in the studio.

Should you be unable to participate in the workshop you have signed up for, send an email to [email protected] at least 48 hours before the workshop to get your money back minus 10% in administration fee.

We reserve the right to take photos and film during all events.

Conditions for Trainings
A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration to reserve your space.

The deposit may be paid online or in person with cash, check or credit card. Remaining cost may be paid in full or can be broken down into 4 payments and can be paid online, in person with check or credit card. Please make all checks out to Kodawari Studios.

*Full tuition must be received one full month prior to completion of your chosen program.

Cancelation Policy
Should you have to withdraw from the program before it begins, you’ll receive a refund, minus a $500 administrative fee, according to this schedule:

An applicant denied admission by the school is entitled to a full refund of all monies paid.

3 Day Cancellation: An applicant who submits written notice of cancellation within 3 business days of signing the enrollment agreement is entitled to a refund of all monies, less a $250 administrative fee, paid no later than 30 days after receiving the notice of cancellation. The 3 Day Cancellation Rule excludes, Saturday, Sunday and Federal and State holidays.
Other Cancellations:
An applicant who submits written notice of cancellation of the program more than 3 business days after signing an enrollment agreement and with a minimum of 24 hours prior to the start of the program is entitled to a refund of all monies paid less an administrative fee of $500.

If less than a 24 hour time period is given for cancellation, a 50% tuition fee will be imposed.
If canceling after program begins: full deposit and a $25-per-hour prorated fee for teaching hours received will be imposed.

Conditions for Gift Certificates

The Gift Certificate can be used to buy any and all products and services available at Kodawari Studios. The certificate expires 1 year from the day of purchase.
Terms for payments
Credit Card payments are charged the same business day. Credit card refunds take 5-7 business days. We accept cash, check, American Express, MasterCard and Visa credit cards.

We use a secure system for payment and all information including bank information will be encrypted.