Chinese Medical Theory: Damp


(Dampness may cause mental issues, depression and anxiety)

“Internal production of turbid dampness is a pathological state involving the retention and stagnation of turbid dampness due to the impairedtransformation and transportation of water. Spleen qi is a main factor, with varied clinical manifestations according to the position of the pathogenicdampness. For example, if the dampness lodges in the channels, there can be a heavy or stiff sensations in the limbs and joints and body. When dampness invades the upper jiao, there may be chest distention, cough with phlegm, or a heavy sensation in the head as if the head is bandaged. Whendampness obstructs the middle jiao, there can be distention and fullness in the abdomen, poor appetite, greasy or sweet tastes in the mouth, and a thick greasy tongue coating. When dampness stagnates in the lower jiao, there may be distending sensations in the abdomen, diarrhea, and difficult urination. If water-dampness diffuses into the skin, there can also be edema. Stagnation of dampness in the middle jiao is a common cause of nausea.”

From Fundamental of Chinese Medicine PMPH Sun/Eisenstark/Zhang