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  • Writer's pictureYong Kang TCM

Facing Haze Attack: How to Prevent It?

With the fast pace of urban living and advances in modern technology, our daily reliance on electronic devices is growing. However, this lifestyle may impact not only our eyes but also have adverse effects on our respiratory system and overall health. Especially in regions with severe smog, the tiny particulate matter in the haze poses a significant threat to our respiratory system.

Harmful particulate matter in smog, such as PM2.5, PM10, and carbon monoxide, can penetrate deep into our respiratory tract, triggering a range of health issues. These problems include respiratory infections, allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and other respiratory-related discomforts. Furthermore, long-term exposure to smog can lead to chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardiovascular conditions.


During these smoggy times, protecting our respiratory system becomes paramount. Traditional Chinese Medicine offers many methods to help mitigate the impact of smog on health and strengthen our body's resilience. In the following article, we will explore how Traditional Chinese Medicine addresses the challenges posed by smog and how to protect our respiratory system and overall health.

 

Haze - Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet and Treatment

Dietary adjustments have long been regarded in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a crucial method for maintaining health and resisting environmental threats. Especially when facing environmental pollution such as smog, a well-balanced diet can play a significant protective role.


Here are some commonly used foods and herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine believed to be beneficial for clearing harmful substances and enhancing the immune system:

  1. Honeysuckle (金银花): Honeysuckle is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine and is known for its heat-clearing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Drinking honeysuckle tea or incorporating it into your diet may help alleviate symptoms of colds and respiratory infections.

  2. Forsythia (连翘): Forsythia is another herb extensively used in traditional Chinese medicine. It has heat-clearing and blood-cooling properties. Forsythia tea is commonly used to treat sore throat and fever symptoms.

  3. Goji Berry (枸杞子): Goji berries are believed to nourish the liver and kidneys and promote eye health. They are rich in antioxidants, which help boost immunity and counteract the damage caused by free radicals.

  4. Mushroom Varieties (菌类食物): Consuming fresh mushrooms such as shiitake, wood ear, and tremella, among others, is rich in various vitamins and minerals, contributing to improved immune system function.

  5. Oranges and Lemons (橘子和柠檬): Oranges and lemons, rich in vitamin C, aid in strengthening the immune system and promoting detoxification.

  6. Ginger and Garlic (姜和蒜): Ginger and garlic are believed to have warming properties, combat cold, and possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. They can be added to your diet to enhance immunity.

In addition to dietary considerations, when facing environmental pollution and haze, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments can offer beneficial methods to help the body cope with negative impacts.

  1. Chinese Herbal Therapy: TCM practitioners can prescribe herbal formulations tailored to individual constitutions and symptoms, with properties such as heat-clearing, detoxification, and balancing yin and yang. These herbal formulations can aid in clearing harmful substances and promoting internal balance.

  2. Acupuncture Therapy: Acupuncture is a commonly used treatment method in TCM. By stimulating specific acupoints, acupuncture can adjust the circulation of qi and blood, enhance immunity, and help alleviate respiratory discomfort and allergic reactions.

  3. Cupping Therapy: Cupping involves creating a negative pressure on the skin's surface to promote blood circulation. It can help eliminate dampness and cold from the body and improve respiratory conditions.

  4. Herbal Bath Therapy: Herbal baths use warm water and the effects of herbs to facilitate toxin elimination, relax muscles, and reduce fatigue.

  5. Bojin: Tendon manipulation adjusts and balances the flow of qi and blood within the body. It helps improve blood circulation, promote lymphatic detoxification, accelerate the removal of waste products from the body, thereby reducing the body's burden. This therapy can also assist in reducing inflammation, relieving pain, and enhancing the body's self-healing ability.

It's essential to emphasize that TCM treatments should be adjusted according to individual conditions and illnesses, ideally under the guidance of a professional TCM practitioner. These treatment methods can help the body better adapt to environmental stress, enhance immunity, and maintain eye and overall health.

 

When facing environmental pollution and haze, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) emphasizes the importance of respiratory exercises and physical activity to enhance lung function and boost immunity. Here are some TCM respiratory exercises and exercise recommendations:

  • Deep Breathing: Practicing deep breathing helps increase oxygen supply, promote metabolism, and detoxify the body. Performing deep breathing exercises several times a day, with the abdomen expanding during inhalation and contracting during exhalation, can improve lung function.

  • Tai Chi: Tai Chi is an ancient TCM fitness method that emphasizes gentle body movements and deep breathing. By practicing Tai Chi, you can enhance stability, improve blood circulation, and boost immunity.

  • Walking: Daily walking is a simple yet effective way to exercise the body and lungs. Walking in fresh air helps clean the respiratory passages and promotes lung health.

  • Qigong Practice: Qigong is a traditional Chinese exercise method that involves adjusting breathing and body postures to facilitate energy flow. Qigong can help increase lung capacity and improve respiratory system function.

  • Moxibustion: Moxibustion is a TCM treatment method that involves applying heat to specific acupoints. It promotes the circulation of qi and blood, strengthening the body's immune system. Specific moxibustion points can help clear heat, detoxify, and enhance respiratory resistance.


These respiratory exercises and exercise recommendations can help you enhance lung function, improve respiratory health, and boost immunity to better cope with the effects of environmental pollution and smog. Please consult a doctor or professional TCM practitioner for advice before starting a new exercise regimen.

 

Finally, we encourage everyone to take proactive measures to protect themselves from the effects of smog. Whether through respiratory exercises, physical activities, moxibustion therapy, or herbal remedies, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a variety of methods to address the challenges posed by environmental pollution. If you have any questions about how to better resist the impact of smog or need TCM advice, please feel free to consult our professional TCM practitioners. Let's work together for a healthier tomorrow!

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