Respiratory (sinus, lungs)
The respiratory system is a series of organs responsible for taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. The primary organs include the lungs, which carry out this exchange of gases as we breathe.
In Chinese Medicine the lungs are said to govern Qi. Qi is frequently translated as "energy flow", & is often compared to the Western idea of élan vital or Vital Force. The literal translation is air or breath. In the body, lung Qi combines with food Qi to form the Zong Qi or the big Qi of the chest!
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Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterised by airflow obstruction & bronchospasm. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.
Read more: Natural Medicine Causes & Treatment of Asthma
Most asthmatics are not aware that their diet can also be contributing to this disease. Certain foods & food additives increase inflammatory processes within the body resulting in excessive levels of a substance called leukotrienes.
Read more: Managing Asthma Naturally