That Damn Damp

To those who are currently residing in this area (Boston), how have you been feeling the past few days? A llittle down? Muzzy-headed? Have you been a bit sluggish and lethargic, lacking the desire to get out and do something productive? Since the weather changed, I have seen a lot of constant low-grade headaches that don't seem to go away. My patients seem tired, a little depressed, and generally lack "piss and vinegar", as my grandmother was wont to say. (That was her way of describing a fiery spirit-aren't grandmothers cute?) Why is this? Well, take a look at the weather outside. All that dampness in the environment has been seeping into everyone, slowing them down. Those who are already prone to internal dampness have it the worst-they simply feel awful in this type of weather.

So, what to do? Well, you can start with an appointment at your local acupuncturist. We can drain the dampness in your system, and once we dry you out you will feel better. This usually takes a few sessions, however-by its very nature, dampness is sluggish and slow to move.

There are also a few things you can do to help move this process along. Exercise will move the blood and qi, and start moving that dampness out of the body. Avoid foods that exacerbate your dampness: dairy, sugar, alcohol, greasy foods, and foods that are cold. I've provided a list below of foods that will also help to drain the dampness from your system: Alfalfa Romaine Lettuce Citrus Peel Scallion/Chive Turnip White/Black Pepper Asparagus Celery Papaya Quinoa Vinegar Turnip Aduki Bean Pumpkin Barley Corn Green Tea Lemon Mushroom: button or shiitake Umeboshi Plum Onion Cranberry Kidney Bean Lentil Horseradish Whole Grain (brown) Basmati Rice Wild Rice