Shortness of breath and problems with your skin seen from Chinese Medicine

Shortness of breath and problems with your skin seen from Chinese Medicine

Do you suffer from shortness of breath, eczema, constipation, or a bad immune system? Then the first thing an acupuncturist looks at is the energy of the metallic element. This article explains to you from Chinese Medicine exactly what it is about tightness and problems with your skin.

Chinese medicine looks at the symptoms of the body as well as how you are as a person.

The respiration

The most well-known function of the lungs is, of course, breathing. We rarely dwell on its deeper meaning. The first thing you do when you are born is inhaled. The last thing you do before you die is exhaled. In and out, yin and yang, taking in and letting go. It’s the inevitable rhythm of polarity, it happens on all levels: the world comes in. You take out what you can use and you let go of what is ballast. To do that requires discernment.

Questions to ask yourself if you are having trouble breathing:

  • Is there something that’s oppressing me?
  • What am I afraid of?
  • Where do I brace myself and where do I hold back the breath/feeling?
  • What would help me to dare to trust?
  • What would help me to let go?
  • Do I still have breathing room?
  • How can I give myself a little more breathing room?
  • Can I/do I say ‘no’ or ‘stop’; to indicate my boundaries and thus define my space?

Causes of shortness of breath

Shortness of breath and problems with your skin seen from Chinese Medicine

In the western world, shortness of breath is one of the symptoms of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and asthma. If you have the disease Asthma or COPD, there are physical causes that are chronic and cannot be treated just like that. Sometimes it is seen as incurable and you really need medication. The western and eastern approaches can complement each other very nicely.

Chinese medicine looks at it in a different way. They look at the symptoms of the body as well as how you are as a person. As far as the lungs are concerned, someone who works with Chinese medicine looks like this:

It’s a very holistic view.

The most common causes of shortness of breath from the Chinese energetic perspective are these:

  1. If you often feel short of breath, the lung energy may not flow freely. Perhaps there are situations that ‘stuff’ you. ‘It oppresses’ me, means ‘it frightens me. Anxiety is an emotion associated with the kidneys and bladder and is rarely mentioned in the lungs and colon (the metallic element). Yet tightness does have to do with the lungs and with the theme of letting go. Anyone who feels unsafe (kidney/bladder energy) will have difficulty letting go (exhaling).
  2. Another cause of shortness of breath can be an allergy or too much mucus. Energetically speaking, mucus is a problem of the earth element (stomach-spleen). Allergies can be a sign of impaired energy in the spleen (food allergy) or the lungs (allergy of all kinds).
  3. Finally, shortness of breath can also be related to a lack of breathing space. The deeper cause of this lies in limiting, saying no, stop saying. If necessary, let things run aground. Guarding your boundaries. So take good care of yourself.


With the exhale, make yourself completely small and squeeze all the breath out to the last bit. Then when the inhalation comes, open your arms and chest wide and drink in life. Do this at least 5 times. View more information here .

Support for complaints of the metal element

Shortness of breath and problems with your skin seen from Chinese Medicine

  • Ask for help with processing your grief or with the transformation process you are in.
  • Periodically tap your entire chest, especially your sternum, and the points in front of your shoulder heads, where the lung meridian begins, and the points between your ribs, against the sternum.
  • Ensure optimal intestinal flora. Use 1-2 tablespoons of Molkosan every day for 4-6 weeks, for example with some apple juice. This is especially recommended if you have had a course of antibiotics, as such a course usually also destroys the useful bacteria. Good intestinal flora is of the utmost importance for a healthy immune system and healthy skin. Consult a naturopathic therapist for support if necessary.
  • Nutrition: Use food that is rich in vegetables and vital substances; freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices, seedlings such as alfalfa or bean sprouts, preferably no regular milk. Yogurt is okay. Spicy spicy foods activate the lungs, but when they are very weak, it is better to avoid this. A lot of spicy food puts a strain on the energy of the lungs and large intestine.
  • If you suffer from eczema or other skin complaints, you could consider a cleansing course. If you have no experience with this, it is best to do so under the guidance of a naturopathic therapist.


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