When Lungs Do Not Descend The Water

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments | 145 views

When Lungs Do Not Descend The Water , Problems with the descending function can cause different symptoms. The descending function of the Lung does not concern us now, as this is a book on skin and beauty. Nevertheless, I would like to complete this picture of the Lung, as there is only this one opportunity to do so.
1. The lungs may be filled with phlegm. The phlegm is watery and foamy, not thick and gluey, and is easily expectorated. This causes coughing and asthmatic breathing, especially in wet and cold weather and at night and early in the morning.
There are two possible reasons for this. First, the Lung may have problems descending the fluid and therefore has excessive yin. Lung oedema would be a good example of this. It is therefore necessary to help the descending function of the Lung.
Points to sedate Lung yin and descend it to the Kidneys
Lu 5 sedation – Lu 5 is the water point of Lung and its sedation point. By sedating this point, we will be able to send the excess yin directly from the Lungs to the Kidneys.
■ UB 13 and perhaps UB 17 with cupping – cupping therapy is helpful in removing fluid from the internal organs. The reason for adding more Back-Shu points is because the Lung is a large organ, and would benefit
from more cups at the back of it.
■ Use points K 24, K 25, K 26 and K 27. These last four points on the Kidney meridian are on the thorax, and are excellent for the descending function of the lungs.
2. The second reason could be that the Lung yin cannot descend into the Kidneys because the Kidneys are full of yin and can receive no more water .The symptoms of this can include oedema of the legs and reduced urine volume. In this case, the problem is with the Kidney function, so we need to improve this so that the Kidney yin will be back to normal and will be able to receive the descending yin from the Lungs.

Points to improve the Kidney function to increase urine volume
■ UB 23 – with needle and then cupping to improve Kidney function.
■ UB 58 – Luo-connecting point of Urinary Bladder to remove water retention.
■ K 3 – the earth point and grandmother point of Kidney to increase yang.
There is a third way in which the Lung can be affected with phlegm. In this case, the phlegm is very thick and gluey , and the patient has problems with expectoration of this phlegm, whether from the nose, sinuses or bronchioles. The phlegm trickles down to the throat from the nose and sinuses causing catarrh, and the phlegm stagnates in the bronchioles and alveoli. This is, of course, due to Lung yin deficiency, the phlegm having insufficient thin fluid to circulate or expectorate it.

Points to tonify Lung yin and make the phlegm more watery
Lu 1 – Mu-front point of Lung.
Lu 8 – own-element point.
Ren 17 – master point for respiratory system, given in the direction of the face.
St 40 to improve circulation.
■ K 10 – own-element point to improve general yin in body.
■ Dry cupping on UB 13 and UB 17 to help expectoration in Lung problems; in neck and sinus problems, give cupping massage from hairline to scapula like a fan.

Advice for patients
■ Drink water regularly, take damp inhalation (add ginger to water to drink or inhale) in order to improve dispersion.

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