Preventing Dry Cough: Chinese Health Gem of the Month
Nov 03, 2015 06:19PM
● By Rene Ng (DOM, AP, L.Ac.)
We are currently in the season of fall, going into winter. In many parts of the United States, especially in the Carolinas and New York, this time of the year is known for the beautiful color on tree leaves.
However, it is also known as the season where flu symptoms and coughs prevail, and one can readily hear someone else coughing not too far away. The reason for these symptoms is because fall typically ushers in dry, cool air that gets gradually colder as winter approaches. This weather change impairs the lungs, and the resulting irritation causes dry coughing which can become chronic. Eventually, the lungs can become injured, resulting in a deeper cough.
During this time of year, the Chinese take special care to protect their lungs, especially through diet. Pears and strawberries are especially good for the lungs, and help to keep this organ system healthy and moist. In addition, refraining from ice cold drinks helps to alleviate coughing, so try to drink more room‐temperature liquids. These are excellent strategies typically used in China to protect the lungs from cold, dry air, as well as resulting illness.
Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac, is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist located in Sarasota, Florida. In 2014, he was voted Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” for a second year in a row, and was also the area’s “Favorite Anti-Aging Practitioner.” For more information or to schedule an appointment with Ng, call 941-773-5156 or via email: [email protected]