Q: What are some common symptoms of possible respiratory problems?
Common symptoms include cough, sinusitis, excess phlegm, shortness of breath, asthma, poor skin condition, water retention, night urine and constipation.
According to TCM practice, the energy of the lungs extends to other areas of the body such as the skin and bladder. Hence, if the skin and bladder are affected, it is a sign that you may have respiratory problems.
Q: What are some healthy habits recommended to maintain a healthy respiratory system?
Try exercises such as taiji and qigong. Both involve breathing techniques and focus on slow movements, which may also support mental wellbeing.
Meditation and breathing exercises can calm the mind.
Smoking is a leading cause of lung cancer, as well as other cancers and diseases such as heart disease, stroke and bronchitis.
- Avoid exposure to pollutants
A recent study by Nanyang Technological University found that air pollution was linked to an increase in a type of lung cancer known as lung adenocarcinoma.
In TCM, the colour white is associated with lung function, so any fruit or vegetable that is white is said to be able to support the organ. Think white rice, lily bulbs, pears, almonds and gingko – do note, however, that almonds and gingko are mildly toxic.