Author: Dr. Maryam Mahanian, DTCM, RAc
Dampness is a sticky heavy fluid that weighs the body down and clogs/blocks the channels. It refers to water fluids that haven’t been transformed properly and become blocked.
All about the Spleen
It’s the function of the spleen-Qi (energy) to transform fluids.
So failure of the spleen Qi to transform fluids can result in the accumulation of dampness.
A few things that can have a negative effect on the spleen are lack of exercise, worrying and overthinking, poor diet, aging, irregular eating and drinking, eating too many sweets & refined sugars, too much fatty and fried foods, eating too much cold and raw foods.
Overeating and eating too many hard-to-digest foods in particular can also cause food stagnation and this will damage the spleen further.
On top of all of this, dampness is not only internally generated but is also externally contracted. This means that living in a damp environment can also add to the dampness in our bodies.
Signs of Dampness
Here are some signs that you may have too much dampness:
- weight gain
- foggy head
- loose stools
- swelling in the body
- frequent yeast infections or excessive vaginal discharge
- feeling of heaviness in the body
- nasal congestion
- cough with phlegm
- dizziness when you stand up
- thick greasy tongue coating
How to get rid of excess dampness in the body:
- eat warm cooked foods
- avoid raw and cold foods
- move your body daily and get moderate exercise
- limit dairy intake
- have plenty of soups, stews and broths in your diet
- avoid refined sugars
- limit greasy deep fried foods
- add ginger to your tea’s and foods (ginger helps to dry dampness)
- Limit alcohol
- chew your food well
- avoid mental stimulation while eating (reading, studying) – instead try to relax while eating meals
- don’t drink cold liquids with meals
- don’t get overly full when eating