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The nature of damp is heaviness and turbidity (1) Being heavy damp tends to “sink” in the lower parts of the body manifesting in "turbid" discharges such as turbid vaginal discharge and turbid urine. The most typical sign of dampness is lack of energy, sensation of heaviness in the body and tiredness. Furthermore just like bacteria and parasites thrive in an external damp environment so do they do in an internal damp body environment.


One way of counteracting dampness is exercise. Exercise promotes the flow of Qi throughout the body which disperses  dampness like wind blowing away a fog. 


Oxygen is another antidote to dampness. Thus promoting a bigger flow of oxygen in the body through different breathing exercises will naturally  help to clear dampness. 


Foods that dry dampness are foods with diuretic properties such as rye, corn, adzuki beans and white pepper. One should avoid eating cold foods directly from the refrigerator and raw foods (as they have cold nature, which will slow down the digestion, which will then lead to more generation of dampness). One should also avoid overeating and late night eating. 



(1)Liangyue, D., Yijun, G., Shuhui, H., Xiaoping, J., Yang, L., Rufen, W., Wenjing, W., Xuetai, W., Hengze, X., Xiuling, X., Jiuling, Y. (1987). Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press

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