Autumn – the season of the lung & inspiration

In Oriental medicine autumn is the time for cleaning out old negativity and a time for reflection. It’s the season of the element Metal (or air) and the season of the lung, which is associated with the emotion of letting go.

In addition to letting go, autumn is a time for taking in the pure too; pure, clean, crisp autumn air. And the lung is the organ that enables us to do that. In fact, in classical Chinese medicine, the lung is described as “the receiver of the pure Chi from the Heavens.” It’s also considered to be the ‘tender organ’ as it’s the organ that’s uppermost in the body and is susceptible to the cold.

In some oriental texts it’s believed that your lungs control the circulation of the Wei-Qi, your defensive Qi that protects you from respiratory infections such as colds and flu. This defensive Qi circulates and warms your body, but when it’s weak you’re not warmed through properly and it’s thought this is why you feel cold when you’re unwell. It may follow therefore that if you suffer a weakness in your lungs it will lead to a weakness in your Wei-Qi and therefore make you more prone to respiratory infections.

Moving from summer into autumn is when our Qi becomes unstable, so now is the time to give your body as much support as possible for what winter may bring. A good place to start is to support your respiratory system with POWERbreathe, as it exercises your breathing muscles making them stronger. This’ll help you exhale the ‘dirty’ Qi (carbon dioxide) and inhale the ‘heavenly, good’ Qi (air).

Just a few minutes a day of POWERbreathe breathing training (30 breaths twice a day) will help you to breathe more efficiently as it exercises your main breathing muscle, your diaphragm. It helps you bring awareness into your breath and build strength and power into your breathing.

As well as nourishing your lungs through breathing, you can nourish your lungs by choosing the right foods. We’ve written about this previously in Foods for keeping your lungs healthy and Foods and Spices for Respiratory Infections. But there are a few simple rules to remember:

  1. Although dairy products are considered strengthening for the lung, it can cause congestion and build up phlegm.
  2. Pungent flavoured foods and spices can help to ‘open’ the lungs and stimulate lung function.
  3. Lungs need protein, and a craving for protein could indicate lung qi deficiency. The best protein you could choose would be low fat protein, so look at including white meat or tofu, and beans.

If you have a respiratory condition, such as asthma or COPD, then you could benefit from using POWERbreathe Level 1 (LR). It features an adjustable, light resistance for you to breathe against, and as your breathing strength improves, you simply turn up the resistance. Choose from the following models:

Everyone can benefit from stronger breathing muscles, not just people with breathing problems, and there is a POWERbreathe to suit everyone. We’ve listed the models above that would best suit people with breathing difficulties, and for those who don’t have a breathing problem you can choose from:

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