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The Pernicious Elements Of Phlegm And Dampness

The buildup of phlegm and dampness occurring in the body can make us feel ‘phlegmy’ or just tired and heavy. Our mind works overtime when we take in a diet that is out of sync with our body and we likely become stagnant with phlegm and damp when the weather is very humid and damp.

Phlegm can manifest as a wet type of cough or runny nose and is thinner than dampness.

Dampness generally has a heavier/thicker viscosity than phlegm, but this may be less evident in terms of physical signs. Sensed in the fogginess of thinking and the heaviness of the body, dampness and phlegm can be manifested in the coating of the tongue.

Symptoms of Phlegm and Dampness

➢ Wet pustulant skin problems
➢ Poor memory
➢ Poor concentration
➢ Low energy, particularly after eating
➢ Loose Stool
➢ Leucorrhea
➢ Foggy head
➢ Difficulty waking up in the morning

Signs of Phlegm and Dampness

➢ White fur tongue
➢ Swollen tongue with teeth marks
➢ Slippery pulse
➢ Runny nose, particularly after eating dairy or greasy food

Thick Fur in the Tongue

Swelling of the tongue and a thick tongue fur are some of the signs of dampness. The tongue’s coating occasionally is white and very thick, more so in people who eat lots of dairy such as milk and yogurt. Oftentimes, these individuals also scour the coating of their tongue as it is so thick. This merely takes out one of the signs but doesn’t treat the underlying cause of the damp.

Phlegm and damp build up for certain reasons. Initially, this can be broken down into two categories: External and Internal.

External phlegm/damp may buildup because of:

1. Humid climate: Tropical climate. In a hot day for extended periods of time the air-conditioner is blasting on you.

2. The couple of weeks between the change of each season particularly at summer’s end, which is viewed as damp time of the year or late summer dampness is expected to amass.

The five element theory of Chinese medicine includes Wood, Water, Metal, Earth, and Fire.

Each element is associated with a function, emotion, organ, season, etc. The earth element is the one most closely affiliated with dampness. This element is associated with the stomach and spleen organs and to late summer.

The stomach and spleen is responsible for converting water and food to energy and waste. But from time to time, when this system is overworked or weak, it is unable to transform things properly. This overwork or weakness can be due to a rich diet, for example, when an excessive amount of food is consumed and not all the material can’t be efficiently converted or disposed creating the condition of dampness. According to Chinese medicine, when dampness overflows from the earth element, the metal element (which is represented by the large intestine and lungs) contains it. This may be the reason why when we sometimes eat a milkshake or greasy chips and fish, we tend to get a runny nose, diarrhea, or cough.

Dampness tends to drain down and out and is heavy. But it can’t usually drain out because it gets very viscous and gets blocked. To eliminate damp, there are a few ways to do it. First we need to lessen eating foods that tend to exacerbate the problem. Next, we use acupuncture and herbal remedies to either eliminate waste through urination or the stool or open the skin pores to scatter through sweat. Finally, we reinforce the digestion with acupuncture, herbs, exercise and a bland diet.

Internal phlegm damp may buildup because of:

1. Poor diet. Too much rich, raw, cold, sweet, fatty, oily, greasy, and dairy foods.

2. Stress/over-thinking resulting to a weakness of digestive energy (the spleen qi) that is unable to cope with all the damp foods being devoured which leads to a sluggish digestion.

Energy and Matter

Basic physics can be an ideal way to explain ‘digestive fire’ and Chinese medicine.

Energy and Matter: Two of nature’s most fundamental aspects are water and fire. These two elements can be referred to as energy (fire) and matter (water). All things can be reduced as a form of energy and matter, energy as an insubstantial and more dispersed form and with a high vibrational frequency and matter a more compressed form with a denser vibration.

These two elements are exchangeable; nature and life are constantly changing and moving. All of us are composed of matter and are impelled by love, will, emotion, and passion; in this instance, we can state this is the fire or ‘energy’ that is life. Hence, we are driven by energy and composed of matter. But what sustains this energy? Water, air, and food. So, we have inner fire which is life that we want to add wood or fuel to sustain the fire.

What strains digestive fire?

When creating a good fire, we need a good kindling material such as dry and light wood. If we use wet wood or green sticks, it becomes very difficult to get the fire started.
The stomach and spleen benefit well with light dry food. Dense, raw, oily, and heavy foods are not the type of foods that would reinforce an already frail digestion. This is akin to adding a heavy wet log on a small fire that all only the fire.

Our kindling would be eating foods that are not well processed, well-cooked foods, or easily digestible grains.

Foods That Can Restore Digestive Fire and Lessen Dampness

➢ Protein/Meat: Small portions of stewed, slow cooked, or well cooked foods to drain damp. Chicken, lamb, or beef.

➢ Veggies: Leafy greens, alfalfa, turnip, pumpkin, celery, beans

➢ Cooked whole grains: Corn, amaranth, buckwheat, pearl barley, quinoa, millet, rye, barley, oats, rice

➢ Herbs/Spices: Pepper, cumin, paprika, fennel, cinnamon, cardamom to warm the digestion. To heat digestive fire, ginger, works particularly well in congee.

Things to Avoid That Weaken Digestive Fire and Add to Dampness

➢ Processed foods: Dairy, lassies, iced water, smoothies, ice cream, chocolate, eggs, soy milk, tofu, bananas, avocadoes, wheat grass, salads, duck, pork, pastries

➢ Improper chewing of foods

➢ Overeating

➢ Eating late at night

➢ Eating too much sushi, salad, cold foods, juices, sprouts, vegetable, and raw fruits

➢ Eating too much mucus-forming, oily, sweet, or raw foods

A salad diet or raw food may be good for people with red and very hot face and a strong constitution but they would not be recommended for tired, pale, or skinny people.

Lowering Unwanted Weight and Further Enhancing Digestion

We get a left over residue (that turns into dampness) when our digestive fire is weak and we eat more of the wrong foods. This dampness is energy that has become dense and turned into matter. This unexpended matter can transform into more solid material like cysts or may manifest as deposits of fat.

To prevent this from occurring, you need to:

➢ Clear your mind with relaxation breathing and meditation

➢ Exercise everyday and become active

➢ Bring back your digestive fire

➢ Avoid foods that accumulate damp in the body

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Chinese Nutritional Therapy For Treatment Of Kidney Disease

Despite being responsible for so many things in our daily life, diet is not a thing that we spend enough time focusing on. Food therapy helps us choose the right foods to eat and guides people to good health. Kidney disease is a serious chronic medical condition that requires an appropriate care on diet.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy

Chinese Nutritional Therapy is a component of an ancient Eastern medical system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. This therapy aims to achieve healing through consumption of natural foods rather than the use of drugs. It is designed to improve a patient’s diet and it is not about going on a diet. It allows them to eat easy to prepare and tasty food that everyone can enjoy and be bought from any local market. Chinese Nutritional Therapy is all about enhancing health and wellbeing without yielding all the good stuff.

How is Chinese Nutritional Therapy Applied?

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, foods are sorted in two types – Yin food and Yang food. On the one hand, the Yin type of foods is believed to reduce the heat in the body; on the other hand, the Yang types of food are known to increase body heat. The goal of Chinese Nutritional Therapy is to preserve the balance of Yin and Yang in the body by using the both types of food in a proper way. When one eats too much Yin food, he might become anemic or lethargic; conversely, when a person eats lots of Yang food, he might suffer from bad breath and acne.

Benefits Gained From Managing Kidney Disease

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidneys are the center of the Yin and Yang of the body – the origin of life. The basis of the whole body’s Yin fluid is Kidney Yin, which nourishes and moistens the tissues and organs. The basis of the Yang energy (Chi) of the entire body is Kidney Yang, which promotes and warms the functions of the tissues and organs.

Aliments develop in the renal tissues when the Kidney yin and yang is out of balance.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy can aid in restoring Yin and Yang balance in the kidneys by either increasing or lessening the consumption of Yin or Yang foods. This idea that foods have an intrinsic “hot” or “cold” or “yin” or “yang” quality is widespread throughout mainland China. This viewpoint has been adopted by other kinds of food therapies in order to treat different kinds of kidney diseases. Chinese Nutritional Therapy recipes are infinitely varied and the use of a recipe will be based on the taste and health benefits needed for the patient.

What to Expect From Chinese Nutritional Therapy

Chinese Nutritional Therapy is designed to spark a lifetime of change centered on your health, your attitude toward food, as well as your eating habits.

The Benefits That Can Be Gained From Chinese Nutritional Therapy Include:

• The chance to learn how to prepare delicious, easy to make, quick, and healthy meals
• A renewed relationship between your kidneys and food
• Improved wellbeing and health
• Increased energy and a new zest for life
• An assurance in knowing the food one eats will support his kidneys.
• Sustainable and new healthy habits that will improve your kidney conditions in positive and dramatic ways

The Syndromes Associated With Cold

The pernicious factor known as cold is considered a pathogenic yin qi. Its nature is to slow down movement, causing contraction, tightness, stagnation, and weak circulation. Cold can invade the lungs, skin, and muscles when it is an external pernicious factor. Cold can also cause disorder in the regular functions of the kidneys, abdomen, and spleen when it is an internal pernicious factor.

Cold Syndromes

1. Cold Clotting the Liver Meridian: The genital area is one of the regions where the liver meridian passes through. This syndrome is an indication of cold in that meridian. Hernia pain and testicular pain are some of its symptoms. Herbs, acupuncture, and moxibustion can resolve this imbalance effectively within a short period of time.

2. Cold Invading the Abdomen and Spleen: Cold wreaks digestive symptoms such as watery diarrhea, clear vomit, and stomach pain in this externally induced syndrome. Despite being usually caused by an externally contracted abdominal bacteria or virus (commonly referred to as abdominal flu) or cold, this syndrome can also be brought about by eating ice cream and other types of cold food.

3. Blockage Due to Cold: This condition, which is traditionally called cold blockage (bi) pain, usually manifests as joint pain or body aches that is palliated by warmth. Arthritis is the usual Western diagnosis for this pattern of disharmony. The pain usually exacerbates in cold weather and the cold can actually feel cold to the touch since this syndrome is exclusively caused by cold. The aim of Chinese medicine is to warm the meridians wherein blood and vital energy (chi) flow and boost circulation by means of herbal remedies, acupuncture, and moxibustion in Orlando.

4. Wind Cold: Combined with wind pernicious factor, cold invades the body’s exterior as well as the lungs, causing a congested nose, stiff neck and shoulders, upper body aches, pain at the base of the skull (occipital headache), lack of perspiration, and chills. The effect of wind results in the symptoms suddenly reappearing and affecting the upper body resulting in muscle contraction that causes the pain and stiffness. This syndrome causes clear nasal secretions which is one sign of cold. The plan of treatment is to expel the wind and diffuse the cold with moxibustion, acupuncture, and warm diaphoretic herbs.

5. Deficient Kidney Yang: This syndrome can make the person especially susceptible to cold. This is because the kidneys are where yang metabolic fire for the whole body originates. Symptoms include pain in the lower back, fluid retention (edema), frequent urination, weak sex drive, cold limbs, and an inability to stay warm. Deficient kidney yang can be rectified with the intake of herbs and long-term application of moxibustion that tonify kidney yang, thereby reinforcing metabolic fire.

6. Deficient Spleen Yang: Cold can seriously weaken digestive function especially if there is an underlying spleen yang deficiency (heat and energy deficiency required in order to digest food). Symptoms of this syndrome include a slow pulse, edema, cold limbs, and watery stools with undigested food. When external pernicious cold is combined with this underlying deficiency, the imbalance can be quite difficult to cure.

The first aim of treatment is to eliminate the cold pernicious factor. Then, the kidney and spleen yang should be tonified to give rise to a long-term boost in the basic metabolism of the body, or its potential to retain the heat required for healthy digestion, which in traditional Chinese medicine is known as metabolic (life-gate) fire. Deficient spleen yang is treated with warming herbs and moxibustion that tonify spleen yang.

The Two Components Of Jing

According to Chinese medicine, most cases of infertility are due to chronic patterns. We basically see systemic deficiencies such as cold in the system, poor digestion, and genetic deficiencies are also some of the factors that contribute to fertility problems.

The Chinese medicine principle of yin and yang are gathering the opposing pathology and physiology into a system of balance, combining opposites in the way of Taoism. Yin basically represents internal signs, cold, and vacuity, while the yang represents external signs, heat, and excess. They aren’t considered as patterns of excess as much as they are viewed as deficiency. Excess yin, therefore, is yang deficiency with signs of slow, deep pulse; white, moist, pale tongue; copious, clear urine; and pale, cold complexion. Excess yang or deficient yin will manifest as a red tongue body; agitation; red face; and heat. In genuine excessive yang, the pulse will be forceful, quick, and surging; the entire face will appear reddish; and there will be signs of fever. In genuine vacuous yin, there will be no coating on the tongue, heat, and a malar flush.

Chinese Medicine Infertility Treatment

To understand the patterns that most frequently manifest that causes the problems of infertility you also need to have an understanding of the functions and action involved. This helps develop the differential diagnosis.

Kidney

The kidneys have a couple of aspects that are vital for fertility. They are a component of the essence or Jing that has both a yin and yang aspect.

The pre-natal chi is one component of the Jing that we inherited from our parents. This prenatal chi has a yang polarity and is known as the Ministerial Fire. This gives us the power to ‘spark’ conception. Acquired essence is the other component of Jing that is derived from the nutrition and food we take in and is converted by the stomach and spleen. Acquired essence is a substance that has a yin polarity.

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Dampness And Heat In Traditional Chinese Medicine

In traditional Chinese medicine, two of the six damaging factors that have opposite effects on the body are dampness and heat. While dampness leads to stagnation, heat causes increased activity to a body system. Both these factors have their own batch of syndromes associated with their effects.

Dampness

By nature, dampness moistens everything that comes in contact with it, (especially the ground) causing stagnation. Once an object becomes damp, it may take a long while for it to dry once again, particularly in wet weather. Dampness leads to yin pathogenic effects that are difficult to resolve because they are heavy and persistent. An individual who sleeps on the ground, resides in a damp environment, or spends a lot of time in the rain will likely be vulnerable to external dampness.

Likewise, an individual who consumes large amounts of sweets, greasy foods, cold drinks and foods, or ice cream is susceptible to imbalances of internal dampness. There are both intangible and tangible aspects of dampness. Intangible dampness consists of the subjective feelings of dizziness and heaviness of a person. Tangible dampness, on the other hand consists of discharges, fluid retention (edema), and phlegm. A greasy tongue fur and slippery pulse oftentimes accompany both forms of dampness. Dampness signs and symptoms in the body basically include skin rashes that are crusty and ooze (as in eczema), vomiting or coughing phlegm, feelings of heaviness, swelling, and water retention (edema).

Being heavy, dampness tends to go downward and affect the lower regions of the body. Thus, an individual with dampness usually experiences swelling of the legs and a sensation of heaviness or sinking. These qualities are contrast of wind qualities that tends to affect the body’s upper regions. When combined with heat, dampness leads to a condition known as damp heat that manifests in symptoms such as jaundice, yellowish discharges in the vagina, malodorous sticky stools, and dark burning urine.

Syndromes of Dampness

1. Internal Dampness: This pattern is usually the result of a spleen imbalance. Signs and symptoms of internal dampness include possible water retention in the stomach area, fatigue, undigested food in the stools, poor appetite, diarrhea, and bloating. A cold spleen generates dampness as gleaned when an individual coughs up phlegm right after eating ice cream. Since the lungs stores excessive dampness in the spleen, a spleen that is damp usually leads to frequent allergies and colds in the person. The goal of internal dampness therapy is to stimulate the spleen with tonifying herbs and expel the dampness with diuretic herbs.

2. Toxins and Damp on the Skin: This pattern includes skin inflammations that have a damp weepy nature such as skin ulcers, eczema, and allergic reactions that create a discharge (crusty or oozing skin eruptions). This syndrome is treated internally with herbs that can be in the form of topical poultices.

3. Wind Damp Joint Pain: This syndrome is marked by numbness and heavy and dull stubborn pain in certain joints. A good example of this syndrome is rheumatic pain that exacerbates in damp weather. Wind damp joint pain is likely to be resistant to treatment and is chronic. Moxibustion and acupuncture treatment can alleviate the pain and stiffness in Miami. Following the Chinese principle of using, “tree limbs to treat body limbs,” herbs to eliminate wind damp like qui shi (cinnamon twigs) and sang shi (mulberry branches) are utilized to boost circulation and reduce swelling.

4. Wind Damp: This syndrome is the cause of the common cold and is marked by diarrhea, nausea, afternoon fever, headache, and chills. The description a person may feel from this condition is as if a wet towel is wrapped around his head. Aromatic herbs and moxibustion are the treatments used to drain dampness and ward off wind.

Heat

Heat (fire) is a yang energy quality that has a damaging effect on the body. Heat by nature, causes increased activity and expansion. Heat that is out of balance can cause inflammatory conditions, fever, and irritability. By nature, heat tends to rise and can manifest in the body as dizziness, sore throat, and red eyes and face. Anger may be experienced when heat affects the liver or heart. This yang energy pathogenic factor has a tendency to affect the body fluids, resulting in dark urine, constipation, and thirst. Heat can cause spasms since it can generate wind.

Syndromes of Heat/Wind-Heat

Heat/Wind-Heat is a commonly occurring syndrome appearing usually as the flu and the common cold. Heat and wind combined creates signs and symptoms such as a red tip on the tongue, racing pulse, perspiration, headache, thirst, sore throat, and fever. The plan of treatment is to use herbal remedies and acupuncture to expel the heat and ward off the wind.

1. Deficient Heat: This imbalance is the result of a deficient yin. Yin is the cooling feature of an organ and a deficient yin cause uncontrolled heat allowing it to blaze up. Basically, the symptoms of deficient heat include a racing and thin pulse, red tongue with no fur, chronic inflammation, irritability, night sweats, and red cheeks. Additional symptoms may appear based on the organ affected. When deficient heat arises in the kidneys, chronic UTIs (urinary tract infections) can arise; lungs affected by heat deficiency due to cigarette smoking can lead to chronic dry cough; and the heat from deficient heart yin can lead to insomnia.

2. Excess Heat in the Organs: This imbalance typically causes symptoms such as a racing and full pulse, red tongue with yellow fur, constipation, concentrated (burning or dark) urine, dry throat, thirst, and irritability. Additional symptoms may appear based on the organ affected. For example, lung fire can lead to a buildup of yellow mucus in the lungs, extreme anger may be stirred up by liver fire, fire in the abdomen can cause mouth ulcers, and heart fire can cause extreme emotional disturbances. Treatment for all instances is to manipulate the acupuncture points associated with the affected organ and to use herbs to expel the excess heat.