Treating teachers

As a teacher, you will probably tend to suffer from particular health problems that are due to the demands of your profession. These will tend to be problems related to your lungs. From the Chinese Medicine point of view, what is happening here and how can acupuncture help you?

Typical health problems

When you are talking for many hours of each day, and doing this at a raised volume, this will tend to weaken your lung function. Over time, once your lung function has become poor, you will probably develop some of the following symptoms:

  • chronic cough
  • frequent colds and flu
  • low immunity to infections in general
  • sinus problems
  • frequent loss of voice; hoarse voice
  • dry mouth and throat
  • shortness of breath on exertion
  • feel the cold more than other people
  • asthma; wheezing
  • weak voice and lack of desire to talk
  • spontaneous daytime sweats
  • generally feeling weak and tired
  • energy lag at about 3 PM each day

(in Chinese Medicine, we recognise that each of the organs is at a peak and a trough at different times of the day. With the lungs, they are at their weakest between 3-5 PM. This is why, when your lung function is poor, you will tend to feel tired at about 3 PM.)

Further, when your lung function is poor, this will tend to lead to other energetic problems as you draw on your body's other resources to compensate. This may involve you developing problems related to your "kidneys", pancreas, or your liver function. The symptoms involved here would be wide-ranging and would vary from person to person. They might include digestive problems, headache or migraine, more serious asthma, palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, fluctuating emotions, depression, and so on.

The good news is that Traditional Chinese acupuncture can treat all these problems.

Addressing these problems using acupuncture

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After your acupuncture treatment

Once the treatments have improved your lung function, and corrected any other problems, you should be clear of any of the symptoms mentioned above. And as a bonus, people who receive acupuncture treatment usually also say that they feel better within themselves and have more vitality and enthusiasm for life.

FK, March 2008