Chinese Health Gem of the Month: Strengthen Your Immune System & Prevent Dry Cough
Sep 30, 2016 12:13PM
by Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac.
We are currently in the season of fall, going into winter. Throughout many parts of the United States, especially in the Carolinas and New York, this time of the year is known for the beautiful leaves changing color on the trees. However, it is also known as the season where flus and coughs prevail, and you can readily hear someone else coughing not too far away. The reason for this can be traced to dry, cool temperatures that gradually get colder as winter approaches. This dryness impairs the lungs, and the resulting irritation causes dry cough symptoms which can become chronic. Eventually, the lungs can even become injured, resulting in more productive cough.
During this time of the year, people in China take special precautions to protect their lungs, especially through their diets. Pears and strawberries are particularly beneficial for the lungs, creating a healthy and moist environment. In addition, refraining from ice-cold drink consumption can also help alleviate these symptoms, so choose room-temperature drinks instead. These are excellent ways the Chinese protect their lungs from cold weather, dry air and the ailments these conditions often lead to.
Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac., is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist in Sarasota. He is also a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” award and operates an Acupuncture practice located near Sarasota Memorial Hospital. For more information, call 941-773-5156 or email [email protected]