Nutrition and Organ Network

Nutritional therapy is well suited for prevention of lung disorders—by supplementing lung qi—and for treatment of acute and chronic lung network disorders.

  • Supplementing lung qi for overall good qi supply.
  • Strengthening defense qi.
  • During the acute phase of colds, but also as adjunct therapy during chronic illnesses, for example asthma, in combination with other therapies, such as acupuncture and healing herbs.
  • For dry skin and mucous membranes by making use of cool and moistening foods.
  • For phlegm disorders of the respiratory system, such as bronchitis, sinusitis, by strengthening the lung and spleen networks. Especially important for chronic phlegm conditions to prevent continued production of phlegm, but also to transform phlegm.
  • Sadness as an emotional factor for lung disorders can be treated in nutritional therapy with acrid flavors and their dispersing effect.

against external bioclimatic factors, which cannot damage the lung network as long as defense qi is strong enough. Lung qi vacuity is a syndrome commonly seen in practice.

Symptoms

Shortness of breath, quiet voice, pale complexion, shivering, susceptibility to infections; recurring respiratory infections like colds, flu, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia; moderate exhaustion.

Causes

General: Lung qi vacuity can be caused by external bioclimatic factors, especially wind- cold and wind-heat, or by congenital constitutional weakness. Smoking is detrimental to lung qi, as is prolonged or unresolved grief. Sitting hunched over with tense shoulders for extended periods of time is just as detrimental to lung qi, because it blocks the flow of the lung's main pathway. Taking frequent breaks from sitting for stretching or regular qi gong exercises that stimulate lung qi flow are beneficial. Such exercises also invigorate a tired mind.

Diet: Too many cold or cool food items or yin products.

Therapy

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