Moxibustion Lungs and Chest Therapy
Lungs are the centre of the respiratory system. The main function is to allow the exchange of gases into and out of the blood. External respiration is the breathing in and out of air, and the diffusion of oxygen from the alveoli (tiny sacs in the lungs).
Internal respiration is the diffusion of oxygen from the blood to the body cells, and of carbon dioxide from the body cells to the blood. Once blood has been oxygenated in the lungs it travels back to the heart and is then pumped round the body. When blood reaches the various cells of the body, oxygen is again transferred by diffusion (Diffusion occurs when a strong concentration of a gas comes into contact with a weak concentration of the same gas. The dissolved gas molecules will move from the strong concentration to the weak concentration to achieve a state of balance).
Moxibustion Lungs and Chest Wellness Set is suitable for :
Those who want to improve the circulation and achieve optimal health of the lungs
Those who want to improve immunity
In Chinese Medicine five-element theory, the earth element creates damp and the metal element stores it. The organs associated with the earth element are the stomach and spleen. The organs associated with the metal element are the lungs and large intestine. When dampness is created by impaired digestion, it likes to end up in the lungs and large intestine. When dampness moves into the lungs, the usual symptom is phlegm coming up while coughing (especially after eating something that is inherently difficult to digest such as cold dairy products or greasy foods). When the dampness is stored in the large intestine, we find mucus-lined stools, loose stools, sticky stools that are difficult to clean up after or diarrhea with undigested bits of food. Even intestinal rumblings are due to dampness. Internal dampness is directly due to the impaired transformative and transportive function of the spleen system that then results in some form of pathogenesis within the body, zang-fu and meridians.
In Chinese Medicine, dampness is considered to be the cause of many illnesses such as high cholesterol, cancer, metabolic disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, allergies and environmental illness.
From a TCM perspective, smoking causes Lung Qi deficiency. Qi is the universal source of energy which flows in every person. Smoking also causes Lung Yin deficiency. Yin (the counterbalance to Yang) deficiency manifests as dry cough.
The Lung Meridian
Controls Breath and Energy
The Lung Meridian is a yin meridian and controls breath and energy.
It is paired with the Large Intestine Meridian.
Together with the Heart Meridian it assists with circulation of the blood.
Breathing also directly controls the autonomous nervous system, which is why it is basis for meditation and Chi exercises like Tai Chi, Chi Gong, and Yoga. Hence, Breathing forms a bridge between body and mind.
The lungs are the organ that take qi from the world and breathe it into the body. The lungs govern qi. Qi is the energy that is needed for all the body’s processes. The stronger the lungs, the more qi they are able to take in and distribute to the rest of the body, necessary for all its vital functions. The weaker the lungs, the less qi there will be, and an imbalance is created.
Symptoms of Imbalances of Lungs
Physical Imbalances: Disorders of the chest, lung, throat and nose.
Emotional Imbalances: The Lungs are responsible for establishing the foundation of Qi for the entire body. The Lungs house the body’s Seven Emotions and are responsible for self-protection and self-preservation.
Their negative attributes are disappointment, sadness, grief, despair, anxiety, shame and sorrow.
Symptoms like chest discomfort with a fullness sensation, dyspnea (shortness of breath), cough, and wheezing indicate Lung Meridian disharmony. This disharmony can also lead to pain along the meridian position.