Damp foods are foods that often make Damp problems worse in your body.
If your Damp problem is severe, avoiding what I call damp foods will help even if it doesn’t cure all the Damp in your body.
This page will make little sense unless you know what we mean by Damp! Click on Damp to catch up!
Also, if you want a bit of the underlying theory behind all this, go to https://www.acupuncture-points.org/yin-and-yang
There are three parts to this page:
I suggest that concentrating on the foods that help to clear Damp without also avoiding the foods which make it worse is like trying to put out a fire while pouring petrol onto it at the same time!
Also, you should read our page on Nutrition which puts things into perspective and supplies important information about maintaining digestive health.
Please realise everyone is different. You may find some of the following foods all right – for YOU! Not so for ME.
And there may be other foods that make YOU worse, but not me.
These are just foods, observed by cooks and medics with a knowledge of Chinese medicine over 3000 years, that produce symptoms of Damp.
Even this is not the end of it! How and when you eat have an effect too.
Don’t skip over that list! It’s important and can – alone – make a huge difference to how well you digest and how well your system clears Damp!
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Some of the following foods are in the list of foods above that cause Damp!
It’s a matter of degree and digestibility. Barley, for example, often helps your digestion work better, even though it contains some gluten.
To clear Damp, your body mostly urinates it out but it’s important not to lose too much fluid at a time. Consequently many of the above foods are used in soups and stew which replace the moisture. The classic dish, a very frequent part of food in Chinese and SE Asia, is made from rice: try our recipe Clogstoun Congee.
A huge subject!
Some constitutions easily burn off damp in the body, others struggle. If you are familiar with Ayurvedic medicine, you’ll know that the Kapha body though potentially very strong, easily stores Damp, unlike the Pitta and Vata types. It is easy for Pitta bodies to warm up and clear Damp, not so the Kapha!
However, one can say that apart from nutrition there are several ways to help your metabolism clear Damp.
Damp is a yin-excess phenomenon: it tends to be moisturising (obviously) and cooling. It is usually made worse by yin factors (eg Cold, Damp conditions, Phlegm, Staying Still) and is better for yang factors (eg warmth, movement).
So keep warm and active!
Book on Chinese Dietary therapy
The two books by Andrew Sterman listed below give you a real feel for Chinese medicine and how it approaches food as a source of health and disease. I highly recommend them.
Each of the following books also has merits: