Reoccurring Colds, Chronic Bronchitis
and How Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Can Help, Part 2
Chronic bronchitis, which is a tenacious cough with phlegm that is deeply-seated in the lungs (at times with concurrent infection), can also be caused by lung weakness due to the reasons mentioned in Part 1. More often, however, this sort of cough is due to inappropriate diet, lifestyle, and/or treatment of a cold or flu. It is important to avoid raw or cold foods/drink, as well as to avoid dairy, wheat, and sugar when sick. These foods create more phlegm and can prolong a sickness. If the individual already has a cough with a lot of phlegm and they consume these foods, it can potentially create more dampness that further lodges the phlegm into the lungs. Smoking while sick can also deepen phlegm into the lungs, damage the lung tissue, and make a person prone to reoccurring sickness. Sleeping outside (which is an issue with homeless individuals) and leaving a window open while sleeping (especially when living close to the ocean where dampness rolls in at night) can cause a person to be prone to a cold with increased dampness and/or phlegm and can also make bronchitis worse and harder to remedy. This is because the body is especially vulnerable to the environment while sleeping and dampness can easily enter the body. If an individual has tenacious and thick phlegm, it will be difficult to resolve without treatment with acupuncture and/or herbal medicine. If this sort of phlegm is not resolved, reoccurring and/or prolonged sickness is more likely to occur.
If an individual is susceptible to reoccurring colds and flus, or has chronic bronchitis, it is important to consult a practitioner of acupuncture or herbal medicine, rather than attempt to treat the condition on their own. The treatment that is custom fit to the individual’s unique condition will have the best results. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are able to support a person’s unique constitution and treat a combinations of signs and symptoms, such as: strengthens lung weakness, treats colds/flu, treats lung weakness with reoccurring sickness, treats lung weakness with a tendency towards phlegm and/or a deep cough, prevents and can end the cycle of reoccurring sickness, speeds up the healing time of an illness, and more. These treatments can have a longstanding benefit on the over-all health and function of the lungs. It is, of course, very important that there is compliance with the appropriate diet and lifestyle as recommended to support the effectiveness of treatment.
Yasmin Spencer LAc, DAOM, Dipl. OM
1460 G Street, Arcata, CA 95521
- Five Branches University masters degree (MTCM) and doctorate degree (DAOM) course work