In Chinese medicine the mind and body are as intimately linked as the breaths we take in and the breaths we take out. They inform each other, influence each other and support each other. In addition to the physical function of our organs they also play a part in a greater system. Our organs have a infinity towards certain emotions, colors, seasons and foods and therefore we can influence the health of our organs system through our lifestyle choices.
The function of our lungs is to take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. This reciprocal exchange allows for our cells to be nourished and the waste products of our body to be eliminated. This healthy relationship keeps our body and mind feeling awake and energized.
The Lungs are paired with the large intestine (yin/yang pair) and together they represent a relationship between what we take in and what we let go off both physiologically as well as psychologically. Everything in life has a rhythm similar to our breath. Everything expands and contracts with a pulse. In autumn, the season associated with the lungs, nature begins to draw herself inwards leaving behind the expansive, abundant season of summer. The lesson is to remind us that letting go, like the leaves on the trees, is a natural part of life.
When we hold on too tight to a person, a place, or a belief with fear that nothing better will come into our lives we get stuck in a contracted state where it is difficult to grow and find space. Our breath becomes shallow and tight and our bodies will tell us in a variety of ways that it is feeling stuck and confined. The lungs and large intestine reflect the values we bring into our lives and how easy or difficult it is to let go. The lungs are also reflected in our skin and represent our physical and emotional boundaries (or lack of). If there is lung imbalance we may notice physical manifestations such as respiratory issues (asthma, frequent colds, sinus problems, nasal congestion), skin issues (dryness, paleness, poor skin tone) or psychological issues (such as a tendency to harbour grief and sadness and unhealthy attachments to people or things). All the above may contribute to weakening the function of our lungs, which results in poor circulation, less energy, decreased vitality and poor immune function.
Many lung (and colon) problems can also be attributed to poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Not enough movement in our bodies results in poor circulation. Poor circulation means that body is not getting adequate nourishment/oxygen, our breathing becomes less efficient and our bowels cannot eliminate effectively.
The function of our lungs is to remind us of the natural rhythm of our life. To be healthy and well requires us to be able to ‘let go’ without repressing our emotions. It is okay to be sad and grieve but life continues and we must be willing to breath in again all that life has to offer
A New Point of View – Acupressure point
Lung 1 ‘Central Treasury’
This acu-point is located about an inch below the Clavicle where the arm connects with the torso. You can massage this point to help stimulate the immune system. It is indicated for cough, asthma, wheezing or chest pain.