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Damp & Phlem

Updated: May 25, 2023

📢🎤Interview with Carmen Elizabeth & RV👨🏻‍💼👩🏻‍💼

☯️ Traditional Chinese Medicine ☯️

" Todays hot topic is Dampness. It's an ancient concept in Traditional Chinese medicine but to many who are new to it theory they find it's quite baffling.

📕Carmen Elizabeth has been running her practice in Nottinghamshire for more than 15 years, the third generation in her family to specialise in natural holistic and spiritual healing therapies and she has a vast amount of over 80 qualifications, various specialists and years of experience when it comes to how to deal with illness and injury in Englands dampness and humidity.

🕉The thorough Recovery Enhancement Practitioner, Specialist And Consultant that she is, Carmen Elizabeth starts by explaining to us what it all involves...

What is this dampness?

🕉Humidity is one of the downsides to life in England. I started to look into it more when furniture in the house was turning mouldy, I knew my breathing and that of my husband's was being affected as I thought there’s no reason the humans all sensative bodily systems should be unaffected by it.

RV speaks to Carmen Elizabeth about how to help damp with our diet.

🕉Dampness simply refers to water retention. Health in Traditional Chinese medicine hinges on striking a balance between all the five elements in our body. A high proportion of water in the human body is a source of illness. At first, the client will feel bulky, bloated and sleepy all the time when they are damp. In more simple terms, it's like being weighed down by concrete. The body feels sticky like a glue and the person feels fatigued and very sluggish. Dampness has been described anciently as cotton that has been soaked in oil.

How do we know if we’re too damp?

☯️Dampness affects people with different constitutions such as yin (cold) and yang (hot) differently. A damp yin person will feel tired, fatigued, their skin gets oily but without many spots. Excess sweating hot flushes. When the dampness seeps into the muscles, bones and joints, that’s when the lethargy sets in. If the problem becomes worse, the dampness will affect their blood vessels and result in high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart palpatations and other issues and kidney bladder problems.

🕉For yang body types, it becomes ‘toxic’. At first, it’s most visible on the skin, in forms such as acne and eczema. On the muscle, bone and joint level, drowsiness is less pronounced for yang people. Instead, there’ll be pain around the shoulders, neck, back of the head, waist and joints. On a more severe level, it will transform into blood diseases, like uric acid or even vasculitis putting some at risk of lower extremity amputation. The probabilities for a yang person to develop growth and tumours are very high too.

How do you know if your yang or yin body type?

A yin person usually feels very sensitive to the cold and tires easily. A yang person feels hot, is prone to muscle and joint aches, and is more susceptible to skin conditions.

What can help erradicate the damp?

☯️Dampness causes dysfunctioning in our body. If our intestines and stomach are not working as effectively as they should, our ability to eliminate dampness is very weak. In Traditional Chinese medicine it suggests detoxing and strengthening the spleen as this is said to increase the body’s ability to dispel unrequired water.


  • Eat food and drinks at room temperature or warmer

  • Incorporate bitter, pungent and aromatic foods and spices

  • Drink bone broth as a snack

  • Appreciate the flavor of foods

  • Eat small to moderate size meals and avoid over eating or eating until you are overly full

  • Drink ginger tea

  • Exercise regularly


  • Lightly cooked vegetables

  • Whole grains (brown rice, barley, rye, oats)

  • Bitter, sweet, pungent and aromatic spices

    • Includes: cloves, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, mustard, mustard greens, nutmeg, thyme, turmeric, basil, parsley, garlic, onions, shallows, horseradish, turnips, radish, cayenne

  • Legumes (kidney beans, pinto, red lentils)

  • Meat, poultry and fish in small quantities 

  • Small amount of whole fruits and lemons

  • Sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds

  • Tea (green, oolong, jasmine)

  •  Bone broth


  • Cold, raw foods (uncooked vegetables)

  • Refined sugars

  • Fatty meat (bacon or duck)

  • Eggs

  • Fruit juices

  • Coffee and alcohol

  • Deep fried foods

  • Nuts

    • Limit to 1-2 portions per day (8-10 nuts is one serving)

  • Dairy (cold foods - cheese, chocolate, milk, ice cream)

  • Wheat Gluten (refined flour or pasta and bread)

  • Cold or iced drinks

  • Banana

  • Avocado

You can make some if your own herbal soup and teas to help enhance the spleen functioning.

My favourite is Soup







Kidney Beans


White yam

Sweet potato




Green beans

Coconut milk

Scotch bonnet pepper

Pepper pot Seasoning

Wash and peel all the ingredients and place in a pot. Fill with enough water to cover the ingredients. Bring to a boil then simmer down on a low heat for two hours.

Choose roasted root vegetables over salads and leave out the the fried and cold stuff like icecream avacado, smoothie and shakes.

😍Carmen Elizabeth Loves Herbal Teas! Her Favourite Tea's include☕:

Ginger, Lemon & green tea,

cinnamon and cardamom chai

Autumn: White peony tea / Chrysanthamum

Winter: Chai or ginger tea

Spring: Nettle green and red rooibos

Summer: a) Dandilion b) Holy basil or green tea + peppermint

Late Summer (Indian Summer): Rooibos or turmeric tea

Thanks Carmen Elizabeth!

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