| Dr. Q-Baek Whang
158 Front Royal Pike, Suite 103
Winchester, VA 22602
(540) 535-9330 (Fax)
Qi Deficiency & Dampness
dampness often comes from an energetic weakness of the spleen and Stomach.
The Spleen in Chinese Medicine is associated with the strength of the
digestive process. Spleen Qi controls the blood, nourishes muscles and
limbs, and is the seat of the intellect. The Spleen and Stomach together
facilitate transformation and transportation of food and water. If there
is a weakness or imbalance between these two organs, proper assimilation
does not occur and buildup of dampness is a possible outcome. This energetic
weakness, Spleen Qi deficiency, is due to people being poorly nourished
either through lack of good food or more commonly (in the U.S.) from eating
a diet of refined and highly processed food.
of dampness are as follows: a heavy feeling of the body, distended band-like
headaches, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, general lassitude, inability to
discern tastes, and chronic phlegm conditions (i.e., sinus problems, recurrent
earaches). Essentially, body fluids are not being transformed because
of this weakness of the Spleen.
and herbs play an important role in strengthening and harmonizing the
Spleen and Stomach. Without appropriate changes in diet, it is next to
impossible to resolve an internal damp accumulation. Therefore, limiting
or eliminating certain foods can help to maintain health and also enhance
the therapeutic effects of Chinese Medicine.
prone to coughs and colds with phlegm and mucus buildup, careful attention
to diet is particularly important. One of the major causes of mucus in
children is "junk food." Be selective about the foods your children
eat, especially sugar and milk products. The excessive sweetness of sugar
damages the Spleen Qi (vital energy) and milk causes an excess buildup
of mucus (dampness). If parents notice, for example, that their childs
stools are loose or go from well-formed to loose, it may indicate a weak-ending
of the Spleen energy. If it continues, parents may notice the childs
nose will begin to run. This indicates a mucus buildup and indicates the
need to make appropriate dietary adjustments from dam-producing foods
to more dam-clearing foods.
to avoid for Spleen Qi Deficiency and Dampness
* All dairy
(milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream)
that dry Dampness
* Rye &