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TCM And The Lung

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In Chinese medicine, the task of the Lung is to serve as a boundary between the outer and inner world. The internal environment has to be shielded by a clear boundary that both defines and defends the individual. Waste materials can be excreted and essential materials can be taken in across this boundary. Oxygen is the most obvious and important material that the Lung takes in; but as we shall see, in Chinese medicine, the Lungis more than the respiratory system. It also has to do with renewal, breath and boundary.

The Physical Domain of the Lung

Renewal, breath and boundary are expressed at the physical level as the colon, skin and the lungs. In Chinese medicine, the Lungpertains to the entire respiratory system and includes the sinuses and the nose. Oxygen is taken in across the Lung’s boundary and excreted as carbon dioxide, a waste material. The Lung is mainly responsible for the governance of Chi and vitality in the body since most energy comes from the air we breathe.

The pores are viewed as the doors of Chi and the skin is like an external Lung. In addition, the skin exchanges and breathes substances from the external environment. The healthy function of the Lungs is considered as a part of Lung function. Beneath the skin is the wei chi or protective energy that’s believed to circulate, and defend the body against infiltration of pathogenic elements.

The colon, which in Chinese medicine, is the paired organ of the Lung, is responsible for elimination and release. The colon and Lung together is associated with the protective boundary’s strength and with immunity. Pathogens can infiltrate the colon and the Lungs, via the digestive and respiratory systems,are responsible for keeping intact the integrity of these systems so that they won’t be infiltrated by invaders. The defensive energy of the body, from the viewpoint of Chinese medicine, is the wei chi and is directly contingent upon the strength of the Colon and Lung.

The Non-Physical Doman of the Lung

The physical expression of the Lung as the boundary between its environment and the organism,at the psychological level,can be viewed as some sort of an individual’s personal boundary. A clearly marked psychological boundary can help us know who we are and lead to powerful relationships. When we have a powerful sensation of boundary, we can learn from experience, via the boundary, and externally communicatethrough it; the boundary is responsive and flexible, cool to receiving ‘positive influences and filtering out ‘negative’ influences. It enables us to be optimistic and gives us a sense of self value. It also allows us to be receptive to what we want and ‘no’ to what we don’t want.

The spleen, on the other hand is archetypally associated with the mother, while the Lung is related archetypally to the father. It is traditionally the father teachinghis son the value of self-worth and assists him to leave home and find his place in the world. Boundary can be taught by good fathering, and aids in separation and individuation from the mother. Therefore, the Lung is concerned with respect and self-esteem both for themselves and for others. Taking our place in the world, believing in our own self-worth and knowing who we are aspects of the Lung’s domain.

It’s also believed that the Lung is where the Po or corporeal soul resides. The bodily soul is the soul’s most tangible and dense aspect that dies at death with the body. The role of Po or the physical rhythms of the body makes us realize our physical body, of the physical factors of our bodily life and of our own aliveness. Po, which means, vegetative soul, belongs to the realm of pure sensation and the material realmof pure sensation. The Hun, is Po’s counterpart. It resides in the liver that in turn belongs to the conscious and spiritual world, that resides in the Liver, the Hun belongs to consciousness and the spiritual world.

A Healthy Lung

Physical strong vitality is what plentifulLung energy expresses. In the chest of a healthy Lung, there is a sense of fullness and softness. Recuperating from sickness is often effective and quick. The immune system is boosted, therefor recuperating from a condition is effective and fast, the person with a healthy Lung will sport a glossy skin and a fresh and bright complexion.Usually, the breath is pleasant and clear.The gaze of a person’s look is bright, his gestures are expansive and clear and his presence,strong and clear. A person manifesting strong Lung energy often elicits a response of respect and admiration respect in each other.

When the Lung is in dysfunction, it is because it is either blocked or weak. Lung energy that is weak physically will reveal an unhealthy immune system and low vitality. The person’s breathing may not expand to the lower area of his Lungs. There may be respiratory problems in the lung’s lower region. The flow of blood and chi may be weak and the skin may look unhealthy and weak. In terms of emotions, there seems to be sadness and constraint, probably due to low self-esteem. The person may not have enough self-esteem and there seems to be a failure to open other people’s boundaries and to respect the boundaries of other people. Dignity can lead to false pride, which leaves a person feeling alone and separate. It can be difficult to claim a place in this world if you’re experiencing Lung dysfunction.

Nourishment of the Lung

The act of breathing nourishes the Lungs. Swimming, active exercises and taking in lots of fresh air is the best way to optimizeLung energy. Expansive movements that physically widen the chest can be also helpful. This is meant to release, bring tone and to stretch and release the muscles that are contracted around the rib cage. Through voice, it is quite possible to strengthen the Lung and you can also learn things such as learning to protect your voice or by singing.

Theskin is a component of the Lung system that can be enhanced by brushing. Using a brushless comb or rubbing the skin with a clean soft towel can help preserve the health of the skin and promote the immune system’s strength.Putting on natural fibers will help the skin to freely breathe; sometimes, going naked (when weather and circumstances permit) will allow to help the skin breath. The skin can be nourished through moderate sunbathing, but overexposure can be dangerous.

The Lung is enhanced emotionally by respect. Knowing how to really care for what we do or who we really are will give respect from the people surrounding our lives. Exploring deeply the things and the people that we value, and looking for ways to manifest values in the world, can help us open our Lungenergy.

In the external world, we can give meaning to our environment by correcting the way we live and by cleaning up our environment so that we can externally support the function of the Lung and simultaneously give clarity to both our mental and emotional life. The aesthetic life of a person is to attend to order and beauty and is an external expression of the Lung, making art of both life and our everyday environment that can help nourish and support the Lung.

Lastly and metaphorically, the role of the Lungas the keeper of boundaries can also extend to the limits concerning our physical home. The domestic manifestations of Lung energy can include a well-designed exterior, clean windows, good security and properly maintained fences.

Foods that Nourish the Lungs

Aneating style that positively supports the Lung, concerns food aesthetics and a high regard to food in everyday life. A delight in eating’s simple rituals and a high regard for the value of food can help increase support for the Lung.

Chi is governed by the Lung, and so a food plan that focuses on the nourishing of the Lung will involve several kinds of Chi-rich fresh foods and ‘Chi tonic foods’. A meal with lots of organic and fresh vegetables some with some grains and sprouted seeds can be very healthy to the lung. Protein is also important to the lungs, and a longing for protein usually means a deficiency in LungChi. All in all, thebest protein is white meat, beans tofu and other low fat protein products for the lungs.

The lungs can also be strengthened by eating dairy produce (when tolerated). However, in most instances, this can cause a buildup of phlegm in the Lung and can lead to congestion.You can minimize dairy and instead use sheep or goat products. To stimulate the function of the lungs and open the lungs, eating certain pungent tasting foods can be helpful. Foods to avoid are the ones that can lead to congestion. This would include denatured or processed foods and fatty and rich foods.

Finally, light colored and white foods our good for the lungs; therefore foods like white meats,white mushrooms and radish are beneficial for the health of the Lungs.

Heather Shultz Acupuncture
100 Brick Rd Suite 212
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (856) 452-1782

Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2019 at 2:28 am

The Importance Of Yin & Yang In Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese medicine can be quite complicated for people who have relied on Western medicine for a long time. Don’t the planets revolve around the Sun and doesn’t each of them have their own moons that orbit around them? Isn’t our own Milky Way a lenticular type of galaxy that spins like a giant cartwheel in space?

Let’s take a look at our Earth. In summer, it gets very hot in many places but when you fetch water from a well, the water is quite cool. In winter, this planet tends to get cold on both the northern and southern hemispheres. The well’s water may be frozen in winter, but in caves and deep excavations sites where miners work, the temperature can become extremely hot. Plants grow and blossom in spring but lose most of their leaves in autumn. Aren’t these mysteries of Nature an indication that there are dual forms of energy on earth which are flowing and transforming each other?

This invitation to observe the earth and the universe is not an exhortation to study or learn astronomy, but to show that while the flowing movements within the human body are invisible to the naked human eye, traditional Chinese medicine in Vancouver can only have recourse to analogy with the universe to assist people in understanding and perceiving the internal mechanisms of the human body.

The ancient Chinese were aware of these phenomena and since man is a product of Mother Nature, he is also subject to her laws. There are circulating movements in the human body similar to those of the planets in our solar system. The Chinese espoused a viewpoint of “harmony between human beings and the natural environment”, of which the easiest example is that a person essentially enjoys good health if he wakes up for work with the rising of the sun and goes home to rest with the setting of the sun.

This observation of humans made the ancient Chinese realize that the circulating movements within the human body depend on energy, known as yin and yang, that this energy is a dual force the flows in a linear direction and that the human body enjoys good health if the two forms of energy that completely change into each other in circulating movements are equal and if such equality is lacking, the human body is likely to suffer from certain types of disease.

What is “Chi”?

We all are aware that air is invisible but we sense its power whenever a typhoon passes by? The ancient Chinese suspected that air must be made of matter that carried energy. They concluded that since man depended on water, food, and inhaled air for the energy needed by their bodies, this energy is generated by these three factors. In traditional Chinese medicine, this energy is called “blood and chi.” The circular movements inside the human body for sustaining the equality between yin and yang is based on the invisible energy of chi and the energy of visible blood for momentum. This may also be depicted as the mechanical activities of viscera such as the kidneys, traditionally manifested as “kidney chi”. Chi is the term that denotes the vital energy within a person – his life-power.

Written by Valerie

January 15th, 2019 at 4:19 am

Traditional Chinese Medicine And The Different Nature Of Foods

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Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in Bellmore address infertility with all-natural approaches, by diagnosing the hidden causes and treating body as a whole and viewing each patient as a unique entity. Based on what condition has been diagnosed, the sufferer may be advised to not consume certain kinds of food that may adversely affect their fertility. We will discuss how foods are categorized in traditional Chinese medicine.

Hot Foods

Foods that have a hot nature are usually helpful in strengthening the immune system in combating against the rise of viruses, bacteria, and free radicals and to enhance the flow of blood flow throughout to the body especially the reproductive organs. However, too much consumption of these foods may deplete kidney yin and yin qi that can result in hormonal imbalance that, in turn, may affect the process of fertility.

Some hot-natured foods include:

1. Cinnamon powder
2. Green onion
3. Onion
4. Pepper
5. Ginger
6. Garlic

Warm Foods

Warm foods are labeled as such because they tend to have warming effects in the body. For pregnant women, warm foods are very important in that they can help preserve a healthy pregnancy and prevent a miscarriage. Yang qi and body temperature increase with warm foods helping to boost fertility level of man and women alike.

Some warm-natured foods include:

1. Chicken
2. Raspberry
3. Peach
4. Leek
5. Chive
6. Cherry
7. Black tea

Cold Foods

According to traditional Chinese medicine, cold types of food activate the colding effects in the body, consuming the yang (heat) qi as the body is forced to balance the cold with further use of yang qi. Eating these types of food for a long period of time without balancing them with hot or warm foods may lead to deficient kidney yang and yang qi that disrupts the normal function of the reproductive organs and reduces the level of fertility in woman and men alike. Women attempting to conceive should totally stay away from cold or cool foods or at least, balance them with equal amounts of hot foods.

Some cold-natured foods include:

1. Bitter melon
2. Watermelon
3. Seaweed
4. Clams
5. Grape fruit
6. Banana
7. Bamboo

Cool Foods

Cool foods can exhaust the yang qi but not as much as cold foods; hence, to prevent kidney yang and yang qi deficiency, consuming these kinds of foods should be balanced by eating warming foods. Women striving to get pregnant are advised to consume only moderate amounts of cool foods and for nutritional purposes only or else their level of fertility can be reduced.

Some cool-natured foods include:

1. Lettuce
2. Apple
3. Pear
4. Cucumber
5. Strawberry
6. Spinach
7. Tomato

Neutral Foods

While neutral foods such as potato, grains, and rice are foods that have no effects in the ying and yang qi of the body, it still can bring about certain side effects that may impair the production of insulin by the spleen and disrupt the ability of the liver to metabolize carbohydrates. Your herbalist will inform you if these kinds of foods can affect the level of your fertility.
Some neutral foods include:

1. Beet
2. Apricot
3. Celery
4. All types of meat
5. Rice
6. Honey
7. Bread

Lastly, most foods that are salty, sour, and bitter are considered yin foods while a lot of sweet and hot foods are considered yang.

Written by Valerie

February 27th, 2018 at 9:48 am

The Advantages and Disadvantages Of Using Traditional Chinese Medicine

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For over 4,000 years TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long history of treating diverse forms of illnesses and maintaining health. The Chinese and other people in East Asia have relied on this versatile modality for centuries. Two of the most popular TCM treatments in Encino, CA are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. They have been used for ages to help with a variety of ailments, from the serious ones to the not so serious including heart diseases, diabetes, depression, cholesterol, cancer, arthritis to wrinkles, excess weight, menopause, insomnia, dandruff, cellulite and acne.

Ying and Yang

TCM practitioners believe that Qi or organ energy imbalances may result in health conditions. Their treatment approach is fundamentally different from Western medicine treatments. The human body, from the viewpoint of TCM, is grounded on the holistic understanding of the universe as espoused by Taoist philosophy. Their treatment of illnesses is mainly based on the differentiation and diagnosis of syndromes. TCM’s goal is to harmonize and adjust Yin and Yang – which are the principles of body and mind, cold and heat, and wet and dry. Treatment is attained by the normalization of Qi and Blood and Moisture in the Organ channels. Dryness is then moistened, agitation is calmed, tightness is loosened, cold is warmed, heat is cooled, and congested channels are opened to flow.

Traditional Chinese Medicine – Its Advantages

Western medicine has as very different viewpoint and angle in its approach to well being and health. Rather than proactive, it is reactive. Symptoms and science and are its primary drivers. Western medicine dissects and examines to understand the body’s health problems and strives to utilize external therapies such as synthetic medications to treat a condition. On the other hand, TCM concentrates on the reasons for the dysfunction of the body and utilizes specific herbal formulas to restore and rejuvenate the body to its natural state. Synthetic medications, in the long term, always create harmful side effects and cause other diseases to develop whilst treating the other.

Traditional Chinese Medicine – Its Disadvantages

TCM is not a perfect healing art and it has also some shortcomings of its own one of which is that it lacks clinical research in the field of heavy metals and toxins. This is due to the fact that when TCM was established, there was no epidemic of toxic chemicals and industrial waste and pollution like what we’re now witnessing today. One other disadvantage is the lack of standardization when dealing with traditional Chinese herbs as well as the potential toxicity that some of these herbs possess. Several instances of potentially dangerous levels of mercury and arsenic in TCM medicines have also been verified. If you are buying Chinese medicines, it is advisable to purchase them from reputable sources that are known to adhere to strict local health certifications and meet the guidelines set by the FDA.

Written by Valerie

October 11th, 2016 at 11:48 am

The Liver Organ System as Seen by Traditional Chinese Medicine

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The function of the liver in Western medicine is to manufacture and produce bile. Bile is important for the detoxification of blood and the breaking down of fat. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), however, the liver has functions that are quite different from that described by Western medicine. In TCM, this organ’s responsibilities include the control of the circulatory system, the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system that govern actions that the person has no voluntary control of), and the central nervous system of the body. Besides these, the liver also governs the function of sight.

The liver, in TCM, is the organ system that is responsible for the dissemination and flow movements going on in the body. The proper flow of things is stimulated by the liver. It guarantees and sets the proper movement of body fluids, blood, and qi as well as their distribution all throughout the body. The liver performs three specific functions with regards to its spreading and flowing responsibilities: it improves the digestive attributes of the spleen, regulates emotions, and also regulates qi.

Qi Flow Normalization

The performance of the meridians and the organs are dependent on the flow of qi. The dissemination and flow of qi all through the body in turn depend on the liver’s normalizing capacity. A dysfunctional liver can mean that something is disrupting qi flow resulting in imbalance and disharmony. When these problems become systemic, illnesses and other health conditions follow.

The Regulation of Emotions

Emotions are normal when the liver is in balance. The health of one’s emotions is based on the harmony of blood and qi. A normal and uninterrupted liver qi flow generates a relaxed emotional environment inside. So if the flow of liver qi stagnates due to liver disharmony, then anger, depression, and other forms of emotional disturbances can develop.

Improving the Digestive Function of the Spleen

The spreading and flowing attributes of the liver helps readjust the spleen’s digestive functions. A dysfunctional liver would mean that spleen qi flow is poor. The effect of this is poor conveyance and transformation of digested food leading to symptoms such as diarrhea, belching, nausea, stomach pain and other complications.

Liver is Where Blood is Stored

The liver is the organ that regulates blood flow and stores blood. The blood moves and leaves the liver when a person exercises. The blood then travels to the area of the body that needs it. When the person rests, the blood goes back to the liver for it to be stored once more. If there is insufficient blood in the liver, the eyes are usually the one’s to first suffer from this deficiency. The eyes receive inadequate nutrition and become dry and rough. The person can begin to experience headaches from this blood inadequacy.

The liver Opens Into the Eyes

The lover and the eyes have a close relationship with each other. This is because they both are connected to the energy channel of the liver. Vision quality depends on how much nourishment the eye receives, this nourishment comes from blood which is stored in the liver. We can always glean if a person has a liver problem by observing the health of the person’s eyes. Blurred vision, for example, is usually caused by inadequate liver blood. Heat and dampness in the gallbladder and liver can lead to jaundice, a health condition that manifests as yellow eyes.

The Tendons are Also Governed by the Liver

Liver function is closely tied to tendon movement. If there is insufficient blood stored in the liver, it may result in the poor nourishment of the tendons. This can result in stretching or bending difficulty, limb numbness, and spasms. The health of the toenails and fingernails rely also on nutrients on the blood stored in the liver. When a person has an adequate liver blood supply, his/her nails will appear moist and pink; blood insufficiency will cause the nails to look pale, brittle, and thin.

Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.

Written by Valerie

November 10th, 2015 at 3:07 pm