“In the mental-emotional sphere, the Lung’s movement of Qi is particularly affected by sadness, grief, worry and guilt. . . . Interestingly, our modern world and lifestyle are based very much on development of the thinking part of the Mind and of the Intellect and yet, our limbic systems remain as vulnerable as centuries ago. It is in the nature of mammals to seek nurturing, and every loss resonates with the loss of nurturing. It can be loss of a spouse from death, divorce, separation, loss of a child, of a friendship.” —G. Maciocia
- weakness of chest
- respiratory allergies
- runny nose or stuffy sinuses
- frequent lingering colds, coughs, laryngitis
- morning attacks of coughing or sneezing
- constant phlegm in chest or throat
- shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing from fatigue or exertion
- dryness and tightness of mucous membranes or skin
- urge to urinate after laughing, coughing, or sneezing
- skin rashes, eczema, hives
- sensitivity to wind, cold and dryness
- stiffness of joints and muscles
- easily disappointed or offended
From a Chinese medical perspective, the signs and symptoms above point towards Energetic Dysfunctions of the Lungs. While a sedentary lifestyle weakens Lung Qi, Yoga, Tai Chi, working-out, aerobic exercises, or any other physical activities which engages the cardiovascular system strengthen Lung-Qi. The vitality of Lung-Qi is directly related to one’s ability to fight pathogens; especially those that are airborne such as the cold and the flu. When a person constantly catches other people’s cold, lunch Qi is often deficient. The same diagnosis applies when someone never seems to heal from a long-standing cold he/she caught a while back. The reason being, again, that the person’s weakened lung-Qi was not able to fight back, or return the body to a state of homeostasis and health.
On a psycho-emotional level, the principal emotions which are related to Lung-Qi are sadness, worry, and grief. In fact, the ancient Chinese texts state that prolonged sadness disperses and depletes the energy of the lungs. While prolonged worry stagnates Lung-Qi. This observation by ancient Chinese doctors confirms that when we worry a lot our breathing is shallow; and therefore the oxygen we inhale is limited. This of course, only contributes to make things worse for us.