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Damp Heat Diet

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a form of alternative or complementary medicine with a long history. In TCM, the foods you eat play a role in keeping you healthy and treating certain conditions. A TCM practitioner may recommend a damp heat diet, for example, if you suffer from inflammation. As with any alternative or complementary medicine, exercise appropriate caution with TCM and always consult a qualified health care provider.

Theory

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the three factors that most affect the balance of yin and yang and the flow of qi are internal emotions, external factors and lifestyle choices including diet.

Identification

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In TCM, dampness is an excess of the water element and heat is an excess of the fire element. Dampness is associated with water retention or swelling and feelings of heaviness or sluggishness. Illnesses associated with dampness include high cholesterol, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer and fibromyalgia. Damp heat conditions may also include inflammation, high blood sugar, urinary tract infections, weight gain and food allergies.

Foods to Choose

When a TCM practitioner diagnoses you with a damp heat condition, he may recommend that you increase your consumption of foods thought to relieve dampness and damp heat.

Foods to Avoid

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You may also be asked to avoid cold beverages, fermented foods and foods containing vinegar or yeast.

Warning

Traditional Chinese medicine is a complicated system. Do not attempt to treat yourself with TCM or Chinese herbs, especially if you are under a doctor's care, are taking prescription or over-the-counter medication, or are breastfeeding or pregnant. A balanced diet is best for your health, and you should not make any drastic dietary changes without consulting a qualified health care professional. The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can assist you in finding a certified TCM practitioner.

The Wrap Up
  • Traditional Chinese medicine is a form of alternative or complementary medicine with a long history.
  • According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the three factors that most affect the balance of yin and yang and the flow of qi are internal emotions, external factors and lifestyle choices including diet.
  • Damp heat conditions may also include inflammation, high blood sugar, urinary tract infections, weight gain and food allergies.
  • A balanced diet is best for your health, and you should not make any drastic dietary changes without consulting a qualified health care professional.
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