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The Concept of Damp in Chinese Medicine

Damp is such a descriptive word. What do you think of? Wet? Cold or Heat? Sticky? Heavy? These are all excellent words to describe the nature of how the pathogen Damp, is viewed in Chinese Medicine (a pathogen is a biological agent that causes disease or illness).  Chinese Medicine also considers Cold, Heat, Wind and Dryness, or a combination of these, as pathological factors that cause dysfunction in the human system. Meaning that turbulent or fierce elements outside the body can also cause havoc inside the body. This makes sense in a philosophy that sees ourselves as fundamentally connected to our environment.

In the body, Damp is one of the most problematic pathogens.  Usually it is a result of the digestive organs (the Spleen & Stomach in TCM) functioning clumsily and fluids, instead of hydrating the body or being excreted as waste, start to accumulate in various weakened or sensitive areas. For some people its the lungs and sinus, leading to constant phlegm, coughs or clogged sinuses.  For others, it’s in the digestion as bloating, gas or diarrhoea. Sometimes it manifests in the head as foggy thinking or inability to concentrate. Other times it’s a heavy throbbing headache. There are so many ways that Damp can accumulate and cause problems, but there are things that you can do!

Your digestion needs balance and warmth to function properly, just like the rest of you, so here are some things to avoid. Stay away from icy drinks or too many salads. Try to avoid late night or irregular eating, overeating, processed or pesticide laden foods and particularly dairy and too much sweet, stodgy or rich food.

Do more exercise. Movement increases blood flow, oxygenates the tissue, and removes toxin build up throughout the body. Eat good quality fresh wholefoods, organic if you can. Drink plenty of water. Balance and simplify your life as much as you can and get some treatments to support you!

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