Why do we cough? Coughing also known as tussis is a sudden reflex that we possess. Coughing is a rapid expulsion of air from the lungs. It is the bodies way of ridding unwanted foreign particles.
What are the causes of an uncontrollable cough? Dr.Kim states that most cases of uncontrollable coughing are due to weak lungs and stagnation of Chi energy. Chi energy is the life force that all living beings posses. Chi energy travels within our body according to its energy paths/roads, and when a road is blocked the Chi cannot pass and if the Chi is not unblocked and released to continue on its way a problem begins to develop.
How do we treat chronic coughing at CNS? Here at CNS, we believe in a three-step treatment plan: Acupuncture, cupping and herbal medicine. Acupuncture is when thin needles are inserted along specific points of the body which correlate to the major organs and the 12 meridians. Acupuncture helps tonify lung, liver, and spleen unblocking the system to remove traffic of energy and blood. Tonify means that it increases the available energy of an organ, part, or system of the body. Liver and spleen help the lungs work properly so all three organs benefit from acupuncture. Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get cupping for many purposes, such as help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being. With coughing, Cupping helps to remove damp heat from the body which creates blood stagnation that causes coughing and weak lungs. The third treatment step is Herbal Medicine, Dr.Kim’s own mix of herbs designed to help and tonify the tiny blood vessels of the lungs so they can take in enough oxygen, strengthen the tissue and receive optimal blood circulation in order to lessen the coughing.