By Karina Tsikel

Q: Dr. Kanevsky, when you say that during September and October of this year our bodies are dominated by the lungs, what does it mean?

A: There are four distinct cycles, roughly related to the four seasons of the year, each dominated by one of four organs –– liver, heart, lungs, and kidneys, correspondingly related to four elements of nature –– wood, fire, metal, and water.

Q: So, from what you said the lungs relate to metal. How does this pertain to our health?

A: The main property and attribute of metal is dryness, which entirely determines the nature of its energy and explains why metal is suppressed by fire (heart) and why it restricts the wood (liver), or why it becomes incapacitated by excessive water (weak kidneys), or by excessive wetness of the earth (weak spleen). Therefore, if the optimal dryness of the body during the months of lungs’ supremacy is distorted, disease will occur.

Q: Could you give an example?

A: The energies of the five solid and six hollow organs of the human body at this time are collecting upon the lungs. The lungs then distribute this energy to nourish the skin and fine hair to maintain water metabolism in the upper parts of the body, to sustain the defensive energy of Wei. This supports our immunity and insures the adequacy of blood oxygenation and energy dispersion and descending to maintain adequate elimination of bodily fluids through bowels, bladder, and skin. So, if the lungs are weak, all of these important functions deteriorate.

Q: What are the first indications of compromised lung function?

A: Though there are more than 11 origins of cough, each related to a different organ of the body, coughing and rapid breathing at this time of year can be indicative of "distention of lung channel," as it is called in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Conversely, hypochondriac and back pain, feeling of heaviness in the whole body, tibia and knee pain can be the manifestation of the lungs transferring disease sequence to other vital organs.

Q: I understand every person is different. But what would you recommend as a general guideline to keep lung function within optimal range during these months?

A: Qi-Gong and Pranayama breathing exercises, daily prolonged fresh air nature walks, and eating foods most conducive to the lungs’ health, while taking into consideration creating harmony with other organs.

Q: And what are these foods?

A: Peaches and their kernels optimize lungs’ connection with kidneys and thereby the effectiveness of water metabolism and elimination, withal dispelling the blood stasis in the entire body. Chicken warms up the so-called "lungs’ Yang energy," which maintains the optimal efficacy of lungs’ function exerted upon the whole body. Rice controls body fluids and maintains the optimal balance between dryness and wetness. Red radishes prevent lungs from overheating –– a condition in which lungs begin pumping in fluids from other organs, causing multiple syndromes of dehydration and the up reversal of lungs’ energy to the neck and head, leading to cough, asthma, epistaxis, headache, etc.

Q: You mentioned some foods that create harmony between lungs and other organs. Which are those?

A: Under certain conditions, plum taken together with peach, for example, will harmonize lungs with liver, apricots –– with heart, jujube –– with spleen, and chestnut –– with kidneys.

Dr. Alexander Kanevsky MD specializes in Natural Integrative medicine, Herbal medicine, Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, Tibetan, Western medicine, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis Dr. Kanevsky is a former Surgical Oncologist. To find out more about Dr. Kanevsky and his practice please visit or call 609-613-0225.

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