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Chinese Health Gem of the Month: Strengthen the Immune System to Prevent Dry Cough

Sep 01, 2017 01:00PM

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 of leaves on the trees. However, it is also known as the season where flus and coughs prevail, and we can readily hear someone else coughing not too far away.  

The reason for these symptoms is because fall is a dry season with cool air that gets gradually colder as winter approaches. This dryness and cold air injures the lungs, and the irritation results in dry cough which can become chronic. Eventually, the lungs can get injured, resulting in more productive cough.  

During this time of the year, the Chinese take special care to protect their lungs, especially through diet. Pears and strawberries are especially beneficial for the lungs because they help to keep it healthy and moist. In addition, refraining from drinking ice cold beverages goes a long way. During this time of the year, you should stick to room-temperature drinks instead. These are excellent strategies used in China to help protect the lungs from the cold, dry air and from falling under the weather.  


Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac., is a board-certified, licensed Acupuncture Physician and Chinese Herbalist. He is also a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” award, and runs a busy Acupuncture practice located near Sarasota Memorial Hospital. For more information, call 941-773-5156 or email [email protected]

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