DONGUIBOGAM; Internal Bodily Elements-17. Lungs 肺臟 폐 (2)


Written By Jun Heo(許浚, 1539~1615), Translated by Namil Kim, Wung Seok Cha et al., Published by Ministry of Health & Welfare (Korea)

11 Signs of the Exhaustion of Lung Qi 肺絶候 폐기가 끊어지려는 징후

① When hand greater yin qi is exhausted, the skin and hair dries. Greater yin circulates qi and warms the skin and hair. Therefore, when qi does not circulate properly, the skin and hair become dry. When skin and hair become dry, fluid and humor will diminish and the skin and joints will be damaged. When the skin and joints are damaged, finger nails and toe nails become dried and hairs get cut. The reason why hair is spontaneously cut is because it has expired. The person becomes worse on Byoung day and dies on Jeong day.

② When lung qi is exhausted, the person will die within 3 days. How do we know? We know this by the person opening the mouth (or the nose and the mouth opened powerlessly with dyspnea) and only exhaling without inhaling.

③ Damp hair due to sweating and dyspnea indicates the exhaustion of lung qi.

12 Cultivation and Nurturing of the Lungs 肺臟修養法 폐장의 수양법

Sit facing west in the dawn of the first day and fifteenth day of July, August, and September. Excercise the celestial drum 7 times and swallow saliva 3 times. After that, close the eyes and become calm. Inhale white qi of the west seven times. Hold the breath for 70 breathing times.

13 Guiding-pulling Exercises for the Lungs 肺臟導引法 폐장의 도인법

Sit straight and place both hands on the ground behind you. Arch the back, and lift the body above the ground five times. This will remove wind pathogens, stagnation, and tiredness in the person with lung disease. Also, tighten the fists and hit both sides of the vertebra three to five times. This will remove wind poison in the chest. Hold the breath for a long time and swallow the saliva with eyes closed. Click the upper and lower teeth against each other.

14 Simple Prescriptions 單方 단방

There are 22 kinds in total.

  • Muscovitum 雲母: ① It tonifies the lungs. ② Emulating Metal, Muscovitum is white in color, and enters the lungs. Grind and levigate before taking.
  • Ginseng Radix 人參: ① It tonifies yang qi in the lungs. ② Exhaustion of lung qi can cause the upflow of qi, phlegmy sound, dyspnea, and moving shoulders on breathing. Take Ginseng Paste, Unaccompanied Ginseng Decoction, or ground Ginseng Radix 5 ~ 6 times a day.
  • Asparagi Tuber 天門冬: It comforts lung qi. Decocted, ground, alcohol-soaked forms are all good.
  • Liriopis Tuber 麥門冬: ① It treats lung heat. ② Mix Liriopis Tuber (麥門冬), Ginseng Radix (人參) and Schisandrae Fructus (五味子) to make Generate Pulse Powder. It treats when qi is about to be exhausted due to latent Fire in the
  • Schisandrae Fructus 五味子: It contracts lung qi. Make into pills or tea and take all the time.
  • Adenophorae Radix 沙參: It tonifies lung qi. It tonifies yin qi in the lungs. Boil or season this and take all the time.
  • Scutellariae Radix 片黃芩: It treats lung heat. Pill, decocted, or ground forms are all good.
  • Asteris Radix 紫菀: It tonifies the lungs and cools the lungs. Boil this and take.
  • Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae 貝母: It moistens the lungs. Mix with sugar to make pills. Melt or boil the pills before taking.
  • Platycodonis Radix 桔梗: It governs lung qi. It treats dyspnea due to lung heat. Ground or decocted forms are all beneficial.
  • Aristolochiae Fructus 馬兜鈴: It tonifies the lungs and treats dyspnea by removing heat. Decoct before taking.
  • Mori Cortex 桑白皮: It purges the lungs to remove water qi in the lungs. Decoct before taking.
  • Drabae Semen 葶藶子: It treats dyspnea due to blockages in the lungs. Boil 5 don of stir-fried Drabae Semen (葶藶子) with 5 dates and take.
  • Citrus Unshius Pericarpium 橘皮: It helps the circulation of lung qi and treats the counterflow of qi. Decoct or grind before taking.
  • Aruantii Fructus Immaturus 枳殼: It removes lung qi. Decoct or grind before taking.
  • Juglandis Semen 胡桃: It contracts lung qi to treat dyspnea. Take this all the time.
  • Mume Fructus Praeparatum 烏梅: It contract lungs qi. Take this as a tea.
  • Armeniacae Semen 杏仁: It treats a lung disease. It moistens dryness and spreads what is binded. Make into gruel to take.
  • Persicae Fructus 桃: It must be taken for a lung disease.
  • Panicis Semen Glutinosa 黍米: It must be taken for a lung disease. Cook in place of rice.
  • Bovis Lac / Milk 牛乳: It moistens and nurtures the lungs. Make milk gruel and take all the time.
  • Galli Ovum 雞子白: It moistens the lungs and brings heat down. Swallow in the raw state.