Boost your Lung Health with Acupuncture

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Boost your Lung Health with Acupuncture
Written By: Dr. Tatyana Johnson ~ 9/21/2020

As both wildfires and COVID-19 continue to rage on, it is critical to support your lungs’ health.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), each season represents an organ. The fall season relates to the lungs and large intestine meridians, both of which play a role in immune system support. As fall is knocking at our door, it is necessary to start focusing on the health of your lungs and large intestine. One effective and safe way to do this is to receive regular acupuncture treatments. With no preexisting health conditions, one acupuncture session per week is enough to boost your lungs. For people who are suffering from asthma, chronic bronchitis, or COPD as well as smokers or those who have recurrent cold and flu symptoms, it is critical to take care of themselves with preventative health steps to avoid further flare-ups and complications. Acupuncture sessions should take place no less than twice a week. Remember: One acupuncture treatment is not a treatment; it is a teaser. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect, and you only benefit by committing to it!

In Chinese medicine, lungs are known as the “Prime Minister.” They control the breathing and oxygen distribution and assist the heart with the circulation of blood throughout the body. According to TCM, the lungs control the skin, which breathes through the opening and closing of the pores, helping to regulate body temperature. This mechanism also assists in protecting the body; when we perspire, we usually release toxins from the body. Fewer toxins will lead to protection from getting sick.

The lungs produce very special energy, which is called the Wei Qi (pronounced “way chee”). In Western medicine language, Wei Qi represents the immune system. Wei Qi creates a barrier that protects the body from external pathogens. When the Wei Qi is weak, the body’s ability to fight the infection is very low. Strong, healthy lungs provide the health for the whole body. Lung health can be weakened by pollution, smoking, and constant emotional stress. Emotions such as grief, sadness, and depression deplete the lung function.

Call our office to make an appointment and be prepared for strength throughout the season!


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