Spleen Damp Cold is easy to catch if you are unwary. It's a syndrome in Chinese medicine, and afflicts people who live in cold damp countries or environments.
There's another syndrome called Damp-Heat, which is less related to the Spleen and is even more uncomfortable.
OK - you couldn't be bothered to click on the links, so here's the low down: eat a rotten diet, worry yourself to death, over-strain yourself as often as possible and never get enough sleep.
Then, head for the hills on a cold, wet day, with a picnic containing nothing but cold, raw, sweet foods: I don't care if they're so-called 'healthy' salads or ice-cream, just make sure there's no heat around.
Sit down on the damp hill-side with nothing but your non-waterproofed clothes between you and the damp grass or earth.
Eat your picnic in the rain and cold. Don't wear too much. If possible, consume your food chilled.
Get wet and cold for a good long time, and don't have a warm bath or shower when you come home. Let your clothes dry out from whatever meagre warmth your body can muster.
Well Done! You've done your best to acquire Spleen Damp Cold. Now you can check your symptoms with the following description.
By the way! The above is not the only way. You could try living in a damp, cold basement for a long time. That would probably do it.
Or expose yourself to the cold, damp elements of winter in a Northern Climate (or presumably New Zealand or Chile) when not wearing enough. Even girls who wear too little and frequent Edinburgh's nightclub scene and then have to walk home in the foggy night - they can certainly get it. (Same for men, but usually men wear more round their waists and tend to have more yang energy.)
There are lots of ways!
Basically, you feel 'full', a bit heavy and nauseous. So here that is in more detail:
This is usually an acute condition, caused by an invasion of Cold and Damp. These have penetrated your clothes and skin and are slowing down your metabolism.
Taken at another level this is an invasion of Yin factors, because your Yang energy has been insufficient to defend you.
If so, you might recover without help, assuming your Spleen energy is fundamentally healthy and you make sure to keep warm and eat only warm foods. (Also, preferably don't have too many worries!)
If however, you are the typical over-working, worrying Spleen type with a bad diet, then the condition could become permanent. If so, you will start to get other Spleen syndromes, and perhaps also some Kidney Yang deficiency symptoms.
Even if you were fun to be with before, with just the basic Spleen Damp Cold symptoms - and that's pretty doubtful - you certainly won't be now, with that Liver Qi stagnation as well!
The aim, if this is an acute episode, is to clear the Damp and the Cold.
For each, there are acupuncture points. These would be treated in different ways, some with moxa.
Herbs are also good here: the formula would be adjusted specifically to your particular symptoms.
If you've also acquired Liver Qi stagnation and Kidney Yang deficiency, then your condition is more chronic and will take a number of treatments before you feel well again.
Treatment by an experienced acupuncturist who does the right things will, even so, only help a bit if you don't adjust your habits a bit.
Your Spleen can be afflicted by various syndromes. Here's some information about it and them. (This list is incomplete.)
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Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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