Many people start a conversation with a strong tone to their voice. They seem full of energy. As the conversation continues, however, their voice becomes weaker and they can sound as though they have phlegm stuck in their throat, making them speak in a laborious manner. What is happening? Talking takes up energy. The more you talk, the more exhausted you will be and the weaker your voice will sound.
Many professions — such as reporters, teachers, and broadcasters — need to speak regularly for their daily work. However, too much talking can make you feel tired, dry-mouthed, and even dizzy. Your sleep can be affected because talking draws internal energy up to flow toward the head, which makes you sleep fitfully and dream often.
If you talk a lot and lose your voice all of a sudden, that means you have wasted too much energy in the process. The excessive consumption of this energy results in an inflamed vocal tract, which is nature’s way to stop you from talking too much.
It is not a good sign if you find yourself struggling to talk. When you are continually in an excited state, your blood pressure will become elevated. You will cough if you have a weak trachea. You should speak in such a way as your body sees fit and don’t keep on talking when not necessary.
For those who constantly find it hard to find enough energy to talk or who speak with a very weak voice, use the following herbs — astragalus, dodder, or Ramulus cinnamomi to nourish your throat and lungs. For those who have inflamed vocal tracts, your condition can be relieved with Japanese honeysuckle, weeping forsythia, and mint, which are known for their anti-inflammatory effects.
Talking takes up energy and to talk less is definitely a way of maintaining good health. The key is not to stop talking completely, but to talk only when necessary.
Translated by Cecilia and edited by Helen