The lingering cough case is on my mind as it is inextricably linked to the poor air quality from the fires that are ravaging our state. Did you know the lungs are responsible for 70% of our detoxification?! That’s more than sweat, urine and bowel movements combined.
Luckily the chronic cough patient thought to try acupuncture. She couldn’t sleep, her chest and ribs hurt and her sense of smell was almost completely gone. While we can’t fix the air, we have several tools to assist the lungs in doing their job.
The patient was understandably concerned and asked if she should go to her doctor. I explained that her body was no longer responding to the common cold pathogen. Instead, her immune system was stuck in its response pattern and her lungs had the additional burden of detoxifying the smoky air. Antibiotics will not help this condition. I reassured her that if she didn’t experience sufficient improvement after one treatment she could still go see her doctor and get those antibiotics. She liked the logic and we proceeded.
I put her in a comfortable, propped up position on the table so that mucous would drain downward. Her treatment protocol was designed to expectorate phlegm, stop cough, open the diaphragm and open her sense portals to restore her sense of smell. I complemented the acupuncture with essential oils directly on her chest. The oils were specifically to expectorate the accumulation of phlegm in her chest. She could smell them, which was a victory in and of itself. She did not cough at all during the treatment. The rest of the day she expectorated phlegm, and then the coughing and phlegm dramatically diminished. Sweet relief. At 48-hour follow up she was sleeping better and her sense of smell was getting better every day. We’re planning one follow up treatment to capitalize on the momentum and keep working on that sense of smell.
Children, seniors, people with allergies and people with compromised immune systems are particularly at risk at this time. Early signs of respiratory distress include chest restriction, inability to take a deep breath, hot eyes, nose blowing, itchy sensations, dry cough, or productive cough with yellow phlegm. Take preventive measures at this time by staying indoors, use air filters and monitor air quality at https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=315.
My heart goes out to the fire victims and my deepest gratitude to our tireless firefighters. Stay safe everyone. We at Blue Sky are here when you need us.