Last month, I was invited to speak at the Lung Force Expo in Lexington - held by the American Lung Association. Our Lungs are particularly susceptible to injury & illness during the dry months of Late Autumn & deep Winter & the information I shared at the Expo is relevant for happy & healthy respiration.
The Lungs are sensitive & particular & aptly named "The Delicate Organ" in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dryness, heat, & cold are all said to damage the Lungs, as can excessive phlegm or dampness.
Colds, flu, respiratory illness, asthma, loss of voice, coughs, & other diseases of the Lungs can be caused by harsh temperatures, poor dietary habits, smoking, stress, speaking too much (teachers & anyone who speaks often needs regular treatment to prevent laryngitis) & emotional dis-regulation.
The Lungs are especially sensitive to grief & sadness. Prolonged depression or excessive sadness can precipitate a cold - or progress to a more serious illness such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Chronic grief could - in theory cause more severe respiratory distress such as wheezing & asthma. Have you or someone you love gotten really sick after a death or severe loss? This is considered a direct strike to the Lungs!
The Lungs are more susceptible during Autumn & into Winter - when the air tends to be drier. Also, the prevailing energy of Autumn is harvest & Winter is about hibernation. Our bodies can sense this & experience seasonal “mourning”. I encourage you to embrace the change (possibly decrease) of energy as we roll into Winter. Fighting or denying the changes of season can cause disease & illness. Our bodies are a manifestation of nature & want to naturally slow down, rest more, & pursue contemplative activities such as reading, watching movies, & visiting with loved ones during colder months.
The Lungs are associated with the color white - naturally white foods, such as cauliflower (which incidentally resemble lungs), and Asian pears are excellent for the Lungs, as is honey (created from pollen from flowers). Pears that have been sliced, baked in the oven, & drizzled with raw, local honey, are very pleasing to the Lungs & can soothe a dry, Winter cough.
Please note that this information is general & not intended to replace consultation with a licensed medical professional. For specific & tailored information, please schedule a consulation or appointment. Here's to your health! - Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist at Bluegrass Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine in Lexington, KY.
About the Author:
Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist, currently practicing in the gorgeous, horse capital of the world: Lexington, Kentucky.