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GUIDELINES FOR EATING Foods with draining qualities such as aduki beans and alfalfa sprouts as especia lly

useful in resolving Dampness in the lower abdomen, affecting the genitourina ry system and colon. Dampness in the middle zone of the body which inclusion the Liver Gall Bladder and Stomach can be helped by bitter foods which dry Dampness such as endive and dandelion and pungent foods which break through Dampness suc h as the onion family. In the upper body, Phlegm in the Lung can be helped by pu ngent foods such as radish, garlic or mustard greens. Fruit is generally moistening but certain fruits have decongesting qualities tha t can benefit Dampness. Papaya, pineapple and pears can be useful helper. Papaya enzymes have sometimes been used to increase the digestibility of meat, and pin eapple is a natural accompaniment to cheese. It would be a mistake, and a shame, to cut out fruit; rather, more care needs to be taken not to cause fermentation though combining fruit with starchy foods. It is the more lubricating fruits su ch as banana and the tropical fruit the are most likely to aggravate Dampness; a lthough, where cold and Dampness combine, all raw fruit intake needs to be very restricted. The treatment of Dampness depends on how and where it is manifesting. It may be combining with Heat or Cold and focused in the Gall Bladder or manifesting as Ph legm in the Lung. Generally speaking all bitter flavor herbs will be helpful. Fo r example, a cup of coffee a after a meal can help the breakdown of food and whe n Dampness is affecting the skin, burdock is a good remedy Barley water is an ex cellent general counter to Dampness (see recipe section). It is customary in Chi na to serve jasmine or green tea with a meal to reduce its Dampening effects. Sa ge I also recommended as a general remedy for all Damp conditions. Pungent, decongesting foods can be used to accompany rich foods such as meat. Mu stard and horseradish are particularly useful in damp and cold climates such as northern Europe's. These are native plants ideally suited to the civilizations t hey live with. Spleen Dampness is addressed by strengthening the Spleen Qi and by stimulating t he Spleen's action through the use of bitter and aromatic flavor. This makes aro matic basement rice the rice of choice, especially when flavoring by aromatic he rbs and spices such as basil, thyme and fennel. Most beans have a strengthening as well as a drying action: broad bean, which is somewhat a romantic, and chickp ea are especially helpful. Corn-on-the-cob and pumpkin provide both Spleen-nouri shing and Damp-resolving actions. The combined condition of Cold and Dampness af fecting the Spleen can be countered by the inclusion of warm and pungent herbs s uch as horseradish, cardamom, ginger, clove and black pepper. Porridge made from millet will help remove Damp Heat from the Stomach and spleen whilst strengthening the kidney at the same time. It is also common to find con ditions of Damp Heat in the Intestines. Here both cooling and draining qualities are called for rice and barley are mildly diuretic grains which will help as wi ll the diuretic actions of aduki and mung beans and the draining action of celer y, seaweed or watercress. When bloods present in the stool, auburn can be helpfu l. The bitter nature of pumpkin seedling is also useful. Dampness in the Stomach, Liver and Gall Bladder When Dampness combines with Heat and affects the Stomach, Gall Bladder and Liver this may manifest as nausea, discomfort around the lower ribcage, a bilious tas te in the mouth and reactionary to foods with moist and hot energies such as fri ed and fatty food. Bitter foods are called for here and food with cool the syste m and drain moisture. Judiciously use of sour foods such as unsweetened pickles will also help to decongest the Liver. Such bitter leaves as chicory and endive are helpful; rye and roasted barley are

Nuts can be dryly roasted gently to lessen the effects of rancidity. mullein and licorice. Beer drinkers can favor more bitter v arieties. In the case of pasta . Soup of mung bean and seaweed or water crease soup would be appropriate. An effective and pleasant tea can be made from equal parts colts-foot. wormwood. P izza can be served with toppings of anchovy. Beef and heavy meat can be served with horseradish or mustard and accompanied by green leafy vegetables or a bitter salad. onions or walnuts to create a decongesting sauce.helpful grains. Rye crackers m ake a more drying base. or less D ampening flours such as rye can be used. The appropriate dietary approach is to drain the Dampness and resolve the Heat or Cold. the garlic. The absolve avoidance of Dampen foods isn't fun. horseradish. bitter and/or pungent foods as radish. onion. fenug reek or ginger can be added to support the Kidney Yang. Sugar 'fixes' can make use o f less refined sweeteners such as molasses malt extract. organically produced and served at room temperature. which is a less Dampeni ng option. A dish of barley and lightly cooked cabbage also has a reputation for helping this condition. Dampness in the Bladder Dampness in the Bladder can combine with either Heat or Cold. Useful herbs in clude inclusive purslane. wate rcress and seaweed are appropriate. Caraway. basil and win ter savory can be used to resolve Cold Phlegm and tangerine peel is excellent in tea. Where Heat is present. flavoured with Damp-resolving herbs such as basil and thyme and accomp anied by a small bitter salad. soya milk and unpract ical raw milk and consider combining them with some Damp-resolving spices. aduki or mung bean are good choices. the gentian and dandelion root. can be accompanied by chives. tuna. Hard cheese can be eaten with apple or onion. This pattern frequently occurs as a result of exposure to cold or damp environments.Eat simply. Expectorant herbs such as mullein. Heat or coldly are disti nguished by the color of the urine: more yellow in cased of Heat and more paled in cases of Cold. Nettles provide a useful tonic for the Lung and help resolve all condition s of Phlegm. hyssop. Moderating the Effects of Dampening Food To moderate the Dampening nature of wheat. If using dairy. golden-seal. soured dairy products. frequent and cloudy urination. Thyme. In cases of Hot Phlegm such cooling. Too many ingredients poorly combined make hard work for the Spleen . Some Guidelines for Eating . mung beans will cool and drain moisture. wheat bread can be toasted. dill seed or other decongestin g spices and herbs can be added when making your own bread. sweets-corn an d olives. Its characteristic symptoms are difficult. pepper. a pineapple. alfalfa. more warming foods such as garlic. avoid overeating and offset the food's Dampening natur e with foods that have Damp-resolving properties. When Dampening food is consumed try to limit the amount. melon. A simp le dish of turnip can be used as a remedy for both Hot and Cold Phlegm. date syrup. eucalyptus and elderly flower hel p to resolve conditions of Hot Phlegm. Diuretic foods such as aduki bean or peas are helpfully for all conditions of Da mpness in the Bladder. Where Cold is present. onion. some warming spices such as fennel. use pesto. celery seed or corn-silk (the taste on the end o f corncob) are very effective as tea and barley water is a classic remedy (see r ecipe section). colts-foot. anmsake or honey. try goat and sheep. Garlic. cottage cheese. Where there is Cold. mustard greens or kohlrabi can be chosen. garlic. golden seal.

disappointment. over-s timulation. . . In Chinese medicine the effect of e motional experience on the body has been observantly mapped. .Anger and resentment. Cold food overwhelms the digestive fire and can slow down the digestive process. . It also weakens the Blood and destin ation Energetically levels. . . If w e can do this we will find that we have much more energy levels. . lack of forgiveness. . restrained love.Include a few naturally fermented foods in the diet such as natural sauerkraut .Chronic dissatisfaction. QI is highly responsive to emotional states.Separate sweet foods and fruit from the main meal. loneliness. I would like to stress that these are observations rat her than 'rules .Grief. struggles with dependency. compulsive behavior a nd chronic hunger are linked to a pattern of Deficiency in the stomach. Chewing starts the digestive process in the mouth. aloud self-critic or judgmental attitudes projected out wards.Chew well. . . anxiety about the future and any chronic state of insecurity are li nked to a pattern of Deficiency in the spleen. Si mple food will help support easy digestion as well as an inner sense of clarity. Overeating will congest the Spleen's function and is a major caus e of Stagnation and Dampness. .Fear. may lead to contraction in the kindness function.Over control of the creative drive.Reduce sugar. The over-consumption of sugar easily leads to intestinal fermentation and cre ates a happy home for intestinal parasites. over concern with other people or with causes. . . Well-chewed food presents less work for the stomach and intestines. These are good helpers to the digestive proce ss. poor sel f-esteem and pride are linked to a pattern of Deficiency in the Lung.Guilt. Sugar and all highly sweet foods can easily over whelm the Splee n. shame.Avoid too much cold food. .Self-absorption. . disgust.Impatience is linked to a pattern of Deficiency in the Bladder. a direction life. The list below is d rawn from the ancient writing about Chinese medicine and from the experience of modern-day practitioners.Eat lightly.Chromic indecisiveness is linked to a pattern of Deficiency in the Gall Bladde r. dill pickles or natural yoghurt. . For many people this helps reduce digestive fermentation and supports the Spleen's action of sifting and so rting. chronic anger and avoida nce of personal power are linked to a pattern of Deficiency in the Liver. especially of spontaneity and sexual expression.Feeling full of restrained tears and chronic states of confusion are linked to pattern of Deficiency in the Small Intestine.Drink between rather than with meal. or life in the fast land are linked to a pattern of deficiency in th e heart. depression and an overdeveloped sense of responsibility are link ed to a pattern of Deficiency in the Large Intestine.(the Organ governing the digestive process in traditional Chinese medicine). The art is to stop just before becoming full. It is generally better to limit intake to a cupful of water or tea at meals so as not to over-dilute the digestive juices. . The Spleen is easy over whelmed by too mu ch fluid. greed. Emotions: Chronic holding of unresolved or unexpressed emotions will impact the physical body and cause under activity over activity or disruptive activity of t he QI.