What is dampness in the body?
Have you had a licensed acupuncturist tell you that you have dampness in your body? Or, did they tell you that you have a damp Spleen? What does that mean? Essentially this means that you are experiencing a decline of Spleen function.
We look at Spleen function when discussing dampness.
- Spleen functions:
- Regulation of water retention and excretion. When your Spleen is not doing this, it leads you to have to an accumulation of fluids in the body.
- Digests and absorbs nutrients. Without this function, you may experience weak muscles, fatigue, etc.
- Supplies blood to skeletal muscles.
- Filters blood working for the immune system.
- Works as a vascular organ and lymphatic system.
Damp weather, rain, and humidity all can cause dampness in the body. Many areas and cultures experience this type of weather and we tend to see more health conditions in these areas.
You can have a decline in Spleen function due to:
- Diet: Excessive amounts of certain foods: dairy, raw foods, cold foods, alcohol.
- Lack of physical activity slows down digestion which means dampness and fluid accumulate in your body.
Symptoms of Spleen Dampness:
- phlegmy, clammy, sluggish, swollen, groggy, or cold
- Fatigue, low energy
- Loose stools
- Body heaviness
- Lack of muscle strength
- Lack of appetite
- weight gain
- phlegmy lungs
- yeast infections
- joint inflammation
- cystic acne
- sinus infections
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment of acupuncture and herbs will get you back to a healthy homeostasis.
- Eat lightly steamed vegetables, sweet potatoes, dates, pork, rice congee, soups, stews, kimchi, and, drink goat’s milk instead of cow’s milk.
- Take more time to exercise.
- Live with the goal of “all things in moderation.”
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