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The Causes of TCM Damp Heat In The Body

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In their early women life, based on grandmotherly wisdom, Southeast Asian girls have learned not to engage in any activity that will disrupt their regular period. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Bellmore , menstrual problems should be immediately treated lest it results in infertility or other types of women illnesses.

When our lungs are damaged by environmental pollution, it can cause the spleen to interrupt its function of transporting and converting fluids. This can lead to a buildup of dampness in the body as well as excessive deficient yang, which can result in damp heat.

Damp Heat Factors Based on TCM Perspective


A state of health where lack of yin or severe deficient yin permeates the body, damp heat can lead to chi deficiency or scanty chi. 

  • Inflammation or Infection – body temperature rises when, combined with yang deficiency, the body suffers from inflammation or infection. This may lead to a buildup of heat in the stomach area, resulting in stomach pain, cramps, and discomfort.

Deficient Spleen and Allergic Reaction


These conditions may be due to a malfunction of the immune system in which the body attacks certain adverse elements infiltrating the body, elevating body temperature and creating damp heat. The effects of deficient spleen chi caused by Spleen malfunction in the transportation and conversion process can also lead to a failure in  the function of the lungs to counter kidney function of moving the fluid upward resulting in the buildup of dampness in the stomach that in turn, causes back pain, cramps, and menstrual cramping.

Cold Drinks and a Diet of Raw food


Cold drinks and a raw food diet are considered pathogenic yin. Long term consumption of these foods may lead to severe yang deficiency resulting in yin vacuity and eventually in damp heat.

The Standard American Diet 


The standard American diet is by nature very yang. It is a total inversion of the raw food diet, although has the same effect: a buildup damp heat and yin vacuity in the body.

Deficient Kidney Yang


Yang Kidney deficiency can occur under extreme conditions. It is caused by the failure of the kidney to prevent a buildup of excess fluids in the stomach, which leads to inflammation and infection and, eventually, damp heat. 


Deficient Kidney Yin

If a deficient kidney yin condition exists in the body, it causes dryness and heat in the abdomen and lung and stomach, leading to excess yang or heat that in turn leads to yin deficiency that disrupts kidney function, specifically the movement of fluids in the body.

Written by Valerie

February 4th, 2020 at 1:38 am