If you are a singer or TV commentator, a teacher or radio personality or a slew of others that makes their living via their voice, this post is for you.
In Natural Medicine, the voice is considered an extension of sorts, of the Lungs (or the Metal element). The Lungs have many functions that go beyond the obvious respiration action. For example, the Lungs govern the skin, connects with the Large Intestine and is associated with the emotion of grief.
For our purposes, we will focus on how to treat and care for the Lungs (and thus, the throat, vocal chords and all that is associated with speaking and singing, including an organ you would never guess!).
Foods that Strengthen the Lungs and Vocal Chords
The “star of the show” here is asparagus. This substance will strengthen the lungs and the immune system better than any other. It is filled with the antioxidants, Vitamins A, C and E, along with selenium, potassium, folate and a host of others. If you said this was the healthiest food not only for the lungs but in general, you would have a strong argument. The tips in particular, are most nourishing for the lungs and respiratory system.
Other foods include:
The Lungs and of course, respiratory system in general are the obvious organ to focus upon for those whose livelihood depends upon their voice. The not-so-obvious, but equally important organ may surprise you.
It is the Heart. The reason being, in Natural Medicine, the Heart is associated with the tongue. Actually it is associated with the “2 tongues;” that is, the Heart is associated not only with the obvious one – the muscular organ in the mouth, it is associated with the ability to find the right words.
Ever want to speak to someone and you freeze? Or try to write a song and the words just do not flow? This is as element of the Heart energy and when this energy is a bit weak or the “stuck,” people will stutter, stammer or “hold their tongue” metaphorically speaking.
By strengthening the Heart energy, you find the right words at the right time and find the voice and the tone to speak them.
Next week, I will cover means to strengthen the Heart.