The Lung, Immune System and Skin Connection

In Chinese Medicine Theory, the Lung organ includes not only the anatomical lungs, but also  the nose, sinuses, and skin.  The Lung also has an important connection to the Large Intestine, and together the Lung and Large Intestine provide the strength for the “Wei Qi” or the protective boundary around our body (just underneath our skin) that is akin to the Western idea of the immune system.  When the Lung is strong the voice is clear, the skin is bright, and immunity is sufficient to fight off invading pathogens.  This is why it is essential to consider how the Lung is functioning when trying to strengthen the immune system, and also when your goal is healthy, glowing skin.



Tips for Maintaining Healthy Lung Function to Optimize Immune system and Skin health

 

  1.  Dry brushing.  Help stimulate lymph flow, and exfoliate your skin with dry brushing.  Gently brushing the skin of your whole body with a natural bristle brush can feel very invigorating and is a quick and simple practice to add to any self care routine.  Read more about dry brushing here:  https://www.formhealthpdx.com/blog/dry-skin-brushing-easy-self-care-at-home

 

  1. Breathwork. Use the following breathing exercise to open up and strengthen your Lung energy:



  1. Keep it Clean. Imagine your skin as an extension of your lungs that also breathes and exchanges substances with its environment.  This means we need to be as aware of what our skin is being exposed to and coming in contact with as we are about what we’re breathing in.  Keep the following in mind:

 

  1. Foods that nourish the Lung.  Implement these foods into your diet to support your Lungs.  If cow’s milk yogurt does not agree with you try goat or sheep's milk yogurt.  If you are experiencing excess phlegm or mucus in your sinuses or lungs, skip the dairy products altogether. 

 

  1. Herbs.  These are a few Chinese herbs that benefit the Lungs and simultaneously boost immunity and contribute to skin health



If you’re looking for a natural (and tasty!) way to nourish and hydrate your skin while also supporting your immune system, try our Shining Skin Tea formula.  The formula consists of  5 Chinese herbs, 2 of which are mentioned above:

 

Wu Wei Zi (Schizandra berry): Contains Vitamin C and E which nourish skin and help protect against UVB induced skin damage.  This herb also helps the skin hold in moisture.

 

Huang Qi (Astragalus root): Full of antioxidants which protect skin from free radical damage.  Astragalus has a diuretic effect to help clear toxins from the body, and it also helps speed wound healing.

 

Long Yan Rou (Longan fruit): An anti-inflammatory herb which nourishes blood to promote a youthful and glowing complexion

 

Bai Mu Er (White Cloud Fungus): A rich source of collagen, this herb moistens dryness and helps skin to become soft and pliable 

 

Mei Gui Hua (Rose bud): Gently detoxifies the liver and relieves stress, lifts the spirit with it’s soothing fragrance

 

Contact us at info@formhealthpdx.com to order Shining Skin Tea or to find out more about how Chinese Medicine can benefit you on your wellness journey.  

 

May your Lungs be healthy and strong during this time!

Author
Hilary Constant, LAc Hilary works with her patients on a range of health complaints, including acute and chronic pain, anxiety and depression, digestive issues, menstrual irregularities, infertility, and other hormonal imbalances. At the root of her treatments is a desire to help her patients simplify and find a healthy, sustainable balance within their busy lives. She focuses on giving her patients tools to counteract the challenges and stresses of daily life by creating individualized, well rounded treatment plans that may include acupuncture, dry needling/trigger point therapy, gua sha, cupping, nutritional therapy, lifestyle modifications, and Chinese herbal medicine.

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