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Chinese Medicine on How to Nourish Lungs in Winter
Winter is a season of high incidence for chronic diseases of the respiratory system. People are prone to have dry mouth, cleft lip, nasal congestion, sore throat, hacking cough and other symptoms, but at the same time, winter is also a good time to nourish lungs.

Winter is symbolized by cold weather, so there could be cold stagnation, which is called "cold evil" in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yang becomes the most vulnerable to that evil at this time of the year, so it is very important to take care of the lungs in winter.

TCM Lung Nourishing Measures

Chinese medicine pays special attention to the five colors corresponding to the five internal organs, white into the lungs, so eating more white food in winter can be good for lungs, benefit lungs, but also can effectively prevent cough, asthma, pharyngitis and other symptoms.

For example: Lily, white lotus seeds, white fungus, lotus root and other foods are the first choice for lungs care. Lotus roots can be eaten raw, cooled into the lungs when eaten raw, and can strengthen spleen and whet appetite when stewed with pork ribs, great for health.

Lily can moisten lungs and relieve cough, clear heat and tranquilize the nerves, can be stir fried with celery or stewed with glutinous rice and made into porridge. Almond can moisten lungs too, and relieve cough also, can be made into porridge with glutinous rice, or stewed with pig lungs.

To nourish the lungs, one should act based on the basis of "warming". According to the principle of "treating deficiency with tonification, treating cold with warth" in the traditional Chinese medicine, in the cold winter, it is possible to add warm and moderate foods to nourish lung and kidney in the diet.

Such as mutton, beef and other meat, black rice, soybeans and other cereals, walnuts, peanuts, longan, red dates and other nuts.

If you choose to nourish your lungs with herbal suppliment, you can choose some natural herbs that are used to moisturize your lungs. For example, American ginseng, Radix Pseudostellariae, Adenophora stricta, Radix Ophiopogonis, Dendrobium, radix polygonati officinalis, lily, almond, radices trichosanthis, rhizoma phragmitis, white fungus, black fungus, tortoiseshell, turtle shell, radices rehmanniae are all herbs that can nourish lung Yin.

However, you should follow the doctor's advice when taking them, and get prescription of the right dosage.

In addition, moderate exercise can enhance lung function,as well as enhance the body's immunity. When choosing a sports style, you can choose a suitable one according to your personal physique.

Hereby to emphasize the principle of "reserving the Qi of lungs" , Lung Qi should be observed during exercise. The amount of exercise should not be too large, and intensity of the exercise should not be too high, and the exercise should be evenly distributed to preserve Yang by avoid being excessively sweated.

In addition, the right amount of breathing action also has a great effect on clearing the lungs. Laughing can also clear the respiratory tract, allowing more oxygen to enter the body and ensure the health of the lungs.
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