In TCM, the lungs are a “tender organ”, kinda like Goldilocks ;) They prefer moderate conditions that are not too dry or moist and not too hot or cold. They are vulnerable to “external pathogens” such as viruses, bacteria, mold, but also other environmental particulate including pollen and under our current circumstances, the toxic particles carried by wildfires.
The lungs also play an important role in regulating immunity. The lungs is to circulate a thin protective, fluid layer that lies just below the skin’s surface, called the “Wei qi”, which in TCM theory, acts as a barrier to pathogens trying in invade our bodies. Hence, if your lung function is sub-optimal, so is your immunity. Hence, it is extremely protect your lungs, especially if you have pre-existing respiratory conditions like asthma and COPD. As we are entering the shift from summer to autumn and impending cold+flu season, BE TENDER to your tender lungs.
Here is a simple series of acupressure points that you can use to help clear your chest and support your tender lungs:
Hold each of these points firmly for 5 – 10 deep diaphragmatic breaths to ensure you thoroughly stimulate each point for the best results.
*These points are also very helpful for anxiety!
Otherwise, here is a list of tried and tested suggestions that we shared back in 2018 when Vancouver Island was also surrounded by wildfires and covered in a blanket of smoke :(