There are two main patterns associated
with Dump and these are Damp-Cold and Damp-Heat. Damp-Cold cold primarily affects the Spleen and Bladder. Damp-Heat primarily affects the Large Intestine,
Bladder, Liver, Gall Bladder and the Spleen. The main symptoms associated with Damp-Cold are: the pulse takes on a slippery quality and become slower due
to the Cold; the tongue develops a sticky white coat as the color white is
associated with Cold; there may be a heaviness in the limbs as Damp is a
heavy substance and has a tendency to sink; there may be local swelling such as
oedema or oozing such as a weeping eczema; If joints are affected by Damp-Cold
in addition to any local swelling the joints may also feel cod to the touch.
Any pain may be described as cramping as Cold cause the channels and muscles to
become tighter. The main symptoms associated with Damp-Heat are: the pulse
takes on a slippery quality and also becomes faster due to the Heat; the
tongue develops a sticky yellow coat as the colour yellow is associated with Heat
and a stickiness comes from the Damp condensing. There may be a heaviness in
the limbs as Damp is a heavy substance and has a tendency to sink. There may
be local swelling such as oedema or oozing such as in weeping eczema. If the
joints or the skin affected by the Damp-Heat, in addition to any local
swelling or oozing, they may also feel warm or hot to the touch and any pain
may be described as a burning pain. Depending on which Zang-Fu are affected
it will reflect specific signs and symptoms. For example if the Spleen is affected
there may be symptoms of oedema, abdominal bloating or loose stools as the Spleen’s
function of transforming and transporting body fluids is compromised.
If the stomach is affected it may lead to symptoms of nausea and vomiting as a Damp
blocks the natural down flow of Stomach Qi, causing it to rebel and rise upwards.
In general whenever there are signs of Damp, there is usually at underlying
Spleen imbalance so it’s always worth treating the Spleen to improve the
transformation and transporting of body fluids. It’s also worth bearing in mind
that if Damp-Cold has been around for a while, it can transform into Damp-Heat and give rise to a new set of symptoms. Similarly,
over a period of time Damp-Heat can transform into Damp-Cold as the Heat begins to
subside or burn itself out.