Exercise to Open the Lungs
Lean against a wall with your hands shoulder-width apart and your feet about three feet from the wall. Push against the wall as hard as possible, so that you can feel the pressure building in your shoulders. Hold this position for a few seconds.
With your hands held much wider than your shoulders, lean against the wall and push as hard as possible until you feel the pressure in the middle of your chest. Hold for a few seconds.
With your hands held over your head, lean against the wall and push as hard as possible so you feel the pressure on you back, behind your shoulders. Hold this position for a few seconds.
Purpose and Effect:
Repeat these movements six times. Effects should be felt almost immediately. In addition to opening your lung meridians, this exercise brings blood to your chest and lungs and opens the air sacs in your lungs that may have clamped down.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that asthma comes from a weakness in your Lungs, your Spleen/Stomach and your Kidneys. Clearing blockages from you Spleen/Stomach and the Kidneys can help clear fluid accumulating in your lungs. Strengthening the Kidney will help you “grasp the Chi”, or to inhale with strength. If you have more difficulty breathing in than breathing out, it is considered a Kidney-based asthma.
There are also a number of meridian points which are helpful to massage if you are having an attack: Kidney 6, Gallbladder 21, and a point called “Dingchuan”. Dingchuan is used for asthma, cough, neck rigidity, and pain in the shoulder and back. Massaging this point helps the energy to flow freely again. Gallbladder 21 is very helpful for re-grounding energy which is rising uncontrollably in the body. Kidney 6 is called Shining Spirit. It calms the spirit and cools body heat. It also helps to bring the energy back down to the Powerhouse of the Body, the Kidney System, re-balancing the chaotic energy of asthma.2
The Healing Art of Qi Gong. Master Hong Liu
Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion. Editor, Cheng Xinnong