Most people with these symptoms will feel ill and hot, and prefer open, cool air. However, not always: someone broken down by long years of illness may prefer warmth and avoid cold air.
It is also possible to have someone at the early stage of the condition who doesn’t yet feel ill.
Other forms of Liver Damp Heat that might seem unconnected include athlete’s foot, usually between the fourth and fifth toes or in the arch or sole of the foot, and some discharges from the eyes, if the sclera or other parts of the eyeball are inflamed.
Aetiology of Liver Damp Heat
Damp conditions, environments or foods that produce damp (see above and more below) prevent the free flow of Liver Qi, producing Liver Qi stagnation symptoms, (distension, nausea etc). This stops the usual direction of flow of bile, forcing it into the Blood, causing jaundice.
The presence of Heat with Damp produces continuous fever-like symptoms, although if not actual fever, then symptoms of heat.
So hot, damp, climates create the environment for this.
If someone has suffered Liver Qi Stagnation for a long period this will produce Heat in their bodies.
Try to reduce the number of drugs and medications you take
Eat plenty of fresh food, lightly cooked, including vegetables, fruit and fish (if you can find healthy, unpolluted fish)
Drink plenty of water (unpolluted, filtered, pure)
Rest; light exercise; sleep; friendly support
Avoid factors that upset or excite or anger or stress you
Cut out, or greatly reduce aggravating factors such as:
Bad eating habits
Alcohol and drugs
Eating hastily or when tired
What will your Acupuncturist Do about Liver Damp Heat?
First, a careful assessment of your condition and circumstances, during which he’ll take your pulse and look at your tongue and eyes.
He may palpate both your abdomen and along your acupuncture channels. He may look for sore points on your body or limbs. Importantly, he’ll take notes – careful notes.
Eventually he’ll make a diagnosis. That diagnosis tells him what he must do and the order to do it.
He’ll probably give you a lecture. In China it’s called ‘re-education’! He’ll want you to do things to help yourself, (see above) otherwise what he does may not work so well.
Then he’ll choose acupuncture points to use, some to relax you, some to clear damp and heat, some to calm your Liver energy.
After treatment, you’ll probably feel calm, in less discomfort, and you may sleep better.
Your family or friends may then find you easier to live with. You will almost certainly need a number of acupuncture treatments, although often even one leaves you feeling calmer, in less discomfort and more confident about your future. However, if you have addictions, you may need professional help for them.
Read more about the Liver functions
Any of the following may occur with or contribute to Liver Damp Heat.