Food Therapy for Cough (Lung Qi Deficiency)
Lung Qi Deficiency is a TCVM pattern commonly associated with chronic respiratory disease where patients are showing a Qi Deficiency, or weakness, of the Lung. Your pet may be showing generalized weakness, exercise intolerance, a weak bark/voice, and difficulty breathing. Examples of Western diseases that are considered to be Lung Qi Deficiency include asthma, nasal congestion/discharge, rhinitis, pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and chronic laryngitis. A chinese medical exam shows a pale/wet tongue and weak pulse.
Acupuncture and chinese herbal combinations are helpful for these conditions as well as food therapy. Whereas the effects of acupuncture and herbs can be seen within days to a week, the benefits of food therapy may take up to a month to be observed but can be quite powerful and are always a great addition.
For these conditions, it is important to feed foods that tonify both Lung and Spleen Qi. With conditions involving Deficiency of Qi, energetically cool or cold foods should be avoided. The following foods can be added as a top dressing to your pet’s current diet. A specialized diet for your pet can also be formulated through a nutritional consult.
Small Animal patients:
Foods to avoid:
For a quick Qi tonifying supplemental diet, try this pineapple/honey recipe