What is Dampness?
Anything that upsets our normal functioning is called a pathogenic factors (PF).
There are many categories of PF’s, amongst them are the climatic (environmental) factors.
There are 6 climatic factors, dampness, cold, heat (fire), wind, summer-heat, and dryness.
Modern homes have heating and air-conditioning which have eased the problems of climatic extremes of cold, humidity, and summer heat.
Here we shall focus on Dampness of which there are two types, external & internal.
Can be an issue for those living in basement flats, near waterways, very damp environments, or with hidden mould.
Internally generated Dampness is a bigger issue and is the focus of this article.
What are the signs & symptoms of Dampness?
Physical signs & symptoms
Dampness is often accompanied by a feeling of being overwhelmed—whether consciously or not. When dampness is prevalent a person can feel, as they say, ‘swamped’ by life.
What are the causes of Dampness?
These can be assessed by a qualified practitioner of Chinese medicine.
What can I do to help myself?
General guidelines for people with dampness :
1. Ensure proper bowel function
2. Foods & activities to avoid
These things trigger or cause Dampness in the body :
3. Foods & activities that are helpful
These things help to drain and resolve Dampness from the body :