Lung nourishing/strengthening foods are naturally fresh and often “white” or have white centers like Rhubarb, onion, kohlrabi, celery root, cauliflower, almonds, daikon radish, potatoes, turnip, parsnip, Basmati rice, apple, pear, oats, sesame seeds, garlic, and tremella mushrooms.
All recipes and highlighted items in this selection are intended to treat the lung/large intestine relationship. In traditional food medicine, our digestion and smooth bowel transport are directly linked with skin health. If you aim for elastic, soft and healthy skin, you must nourish your large intestine. This is important for people with eczema, psoriasis, or afflicted by asthma and seasonal allergies.
In TCM, the lung*1 is the foremost upper organ and hence nick-named canape. The primary functions of the lung include governing respiration and regulating water passages. Breathing is activated by (heart) exercise, powered by liver health with the support of healthy kidney activity (move of fluids). The lung is most susceptible to attack by external pathogens. Autumn is the season of the white element, the time of cold, allergies, and preparing for winter/kidney. Indeed, the health of your lung affects the flow of water.
Look at a meridian chart for acupuncture points to stimulate lung activities: They were established over 800 years ago and always included activating the large intestine. Early on, these points included treating the Thyroid glands region. Recent science can verify these roots of wisdom. The psychological expression of lung health is grief. Your lung- and large intestine-health reflects on your skin appearance (acne, wrinkles, dry/oily, eczema), and your nose reacts to heat or cold issues.
Active lungs directly influence how effective our large intestine receive and regulate food from the small intestine: absorb fluids and excrete the remainder as feces. What we eat and how we eat directly affects this outcome (…perfect play of words). Iced drinks, too much raw foods (uncooked spinach, celery, kale, and broccoli) can cause diarrhea: loose stools. Greasy and consuming too many hot foods can cause dampness in the large intestine, with stool smelling bad or burning.
In a TCM-poetic way, how we “let go” is an important physical and psychological indicator!
The lung and large intestine working in correlation are strange to Western culture. The theory of exterior-interior correlation between the lung and large intestine is one of the most important components of the TCM Zang-Fu theory treating COPD and asthma.
As an example, a scientific study on osmotic stimulants with Chinese Rhubarb (Dahuang) to treat asthma for thousands of years, surprisingly confirmed the hypothesis… (read link)
Consult with your medical porfessional and contact me for a personalized menu selection to set you on the correct journey!
*1 In TCM scripts, the kidney and lung are often referred to as “singular.”