The common cold is a typical infectious condition of the respiratory system, and most people suffer from it at least a couple of times a year. However, just because it is prevalent, it doesn’t make it any less dangerous.
It is important that one understand the common cold is a source of various other problems including tonsillitis, rhinitis, bronchitis, sinusitis, otitis media, conjunctivitis, asthma, pharyngitis, and pneumonia. The respiratory system is the primary route of infection, which can occur during breathing. When the immune system and self-healing power of the body are below the normal level, the respiratory system becomes susceptible to various attacks from foreign matter including microorganisms. The central role of the respiratory system is played by the lungs, which is also the most crucial organ for our qi.
The lungs are the site of energy exchange between our bodies and the external environment, and maintain the energy of the body. In order to stay healthy, we need to improve the lung functions and enhance the amount of energy we receive from nature. However, most people only use 1/6 of the lung capacity, and this means that the contaminated air and foreign matter that penetrate the body cannot be filtered out. The reduced lung functions have a negative impact on the tonsils and airway, and weakened tonsil function means lowered immunity and greater susceptibility to rhinitis, asthma and pneumonia. Also, the lungs also affect the skin and lowered lung functions can lead to atopic dermatitis and acne.
The main function of the lungs is to eliminate carbon dioxide and accept oxygen. Then, the oxygen is transported from the lungs to various parts of the body, including the organs, by the red blood cells (erythrocytes) in the bloodstream, while the white blood cells (leukocytes) help fight off the harmful microorganisms that enter our body such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
In modern medicine, atopic dermatitis, rhinitis and asthma are distinguished as three separate issues, but Hospital Director Seo Hyo-seok takes on a different view as these three conditions have the same root cause. Elimination of the root cause can help get rid of the three conditions quickly and simultaneously. Conditions of which the underlying cause is a problem in the respiratory system include the common cold as well as rhinitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, otitis media, conjunctivitis, pneumonia, bronchiectasis, atopic dermatitis, acne and psoriasis.
The essential part of treating a condition arising from a problem in the respiratory system is to clean and purify the lungs. Most people in modern society spend majority of their time (more than 80% of their day) indoors in enclosed rooms and offices. Research has shown that the degree of air pollution is higher inside buildings compared to the outdoors by about 2- to 5-fold, and this can lead to the sick building syndrome. Indoor air pollution is a major threat to people. So, it is recommended that you open the windows at least twice a day for ventilation, which helps get rid of the accumulating dust and receive fresh air from outside. This is also true for our bodies. Due to the everyday stress and irregular lifestyle, we need to clean and ventilate our lungs on a regular basis. Pyunkang-Hwan can help clean and purify our lungs, discharging the toxins and wastes that have been building up in our bodies, and it helps accept the original qi from nature for improved vitality of the lungs.