February 21, 2020
Energizing soup to dispel dampness
Dampness pathogen is a common cause of illnesses during summer, and there are four major characteristics of dampness pathogen. Firstly, the body feels fatigued as if it is wrapped by a wet tower. It also excretes turbid secretions, such as facial oil, phlegm, vaginal discharge, turbid urine. Secondly, it makes secretions such as sweat, more phlegm and stool sticky. These symptoms are also prone to reoccurrence. Thirdly, it harms yang qi easily. Dampness affects the transporting and transforming functions of the body. Dampness in the body causes symptoms such as edema and phlegm. Fourthly, dampness goes down to the lower part of the body like water flow which can cause feet odor, excessive vaginal discharge and edema of the lower body.
The summer climate is humid and rainy, and the underground humidity rises, making people feel dampness easily. Humid living areas, frequent exposure to water in working areas, or rain will increase the chance of dampness invasion. Dampness pathogen tends to combine with other pathogens. When it contacts heat, it becomes damp heat. It is characterized by reddish tongue, yellowish and sticky tongue coating, dry and red eyes, heavy body odor, facial oil, soft, sticky and smelly stools, excessive yellowish vaginal discharge. You can drink soup with clearing heat and dispelling dampness effects to condition the body.
Tips for soup to clear heat and dispel dampness:
Appropriately add in ingredients such as coix seed, rice bean, hyacinth bean, hyacinth bean coat.
Corn soup with hairy gourd and corn silk
Effects: clears heat, promotes diuresis, dispels dampness, relieves symptoms such as bad breath, feet odor, yellowish urine, bitter mouth and dry mouth.
Ingredients: 2 ears of corn, 2 hairy gourd, 80g fresh corn silk, 30g purple haricot, 30g peanut, 1 dried citrus peel, 3 candied dates
1. Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Peel hairy gourd and cut into pieces. Cut corn into large pieces.
2. Combine all ingredients with 2500ml of water in a pot and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat and simmer for 1 hour. Add salt to taste.