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How the Lungs are Related to the Skin


Read how the lungs are related to the skin, and how keeping the lungs moist and strong will help the skin

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									The Lungs/Skin Connection

One of the unique functions of the lungs is that it has a direct impact
on the skin. How?

The lungs receive fluids from the spleen and spread them to the skin, all
over the entire body. This gives the skin (and to a large degree, the
hair) nourishment and moisture. If the lungs are strong and healthy, the
skin will have luster, the hair will be glossy and sweating will be
normal. If the lungs are deprived of nourishment, the skin will be dry,
often cracking and/or flaking.

There are 2 broad ways of keeping the lungs, and thus the skin, strong
and moist – the direct way and the indirect way and both are very

Keeping the Lungs Strong in a Direct Fashion

There are a number of foods and herbs that have a direct impact on the
lungs themselves. At the top of the list food-wise is Asparagus,
specifically, the tips of the asparagus. Aside from being one of the very
best immune boosting foods known, Asparagus tips are strengthening and
moistening to the lungs. Eating them either raw or lightly steamed is
ideal. However, boiling or steaming for an extensive period of time will
remove about 90% of the nutrition from this wonderful vegetable.

In terms of herbs, the best of best for lungs/skin connection is arguably
one called Rhizoma Atractylodis. Atractylodis is a powerful herb for both
the lungs and the spleen and is used for digestive issues as well. It is
often combined with other substances based upon a person’s unique
chemistry. It is inexpensive and found at most health food stores and
places that sell herbs.

I have used this quite a bit with patients and it is certainly in the Top
10 most commonly used and most effective herbs I have ever come across.
It is safe and has a nice ―side benefit‖ of improving endurance,
especially for runners and swimmers. This of course is not surprising —
strengthen the lungs and you strengthen endurance.

Keeping the Lungs Strong in an Indirect Fashion

I mentioned 2 of the best substances for the lungs themselves but   there
is another issue that needs to be addressed here. When the Spleen   is
strong, typically the lungs will be strong (and vice-versa). When   the
spleen is weak, often the lungs will be weak(er) also. Therefore,   to keep
the lungs and the skin glowing, keep the spleen strong.

Let me first say that the ―best‖ or at least quickest way to WEAKEN the
spleen is over-indulgence in sweets/sugar. Please note that this includes
simple carbs (like bread). Excessive sweats weaken the spleen, which has
an indirect effect on the lungs and skin.

To strengthen the spleen, any of the yellow, brown or golden, fruits,
vegetables and (to a much lesser degree) grains. Pineapple, yellow
squash, apples etc., are strong tonics for the spleen. The herb Hyssop
can be used as a preventive agent too. It is the one I have used most
with patients as a spleen tonic.


Keep the lungs strong by using the above foods and herb. Exercise,
particularly cardio-based ones are a must. Keeping rooms (especially the
bedroom) ―moist‖ with a humidifier or at least a bowl of water that you
change every other day is also a requirement. We are coming up on the
hot months, so the AC will be in full force. This typically leads to dry
air and the lungs loathe dryness (and heat).

Last little secret. Be sure you add Trace Minerals to your nutritional
protocol. They keep the system hydrated.

By keeping your lungs strong and moist, your skin will be softer and more
youthful in no time!

David Orman

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