February 11, 2020
Strengthen the spleen to dispel dampness to prevent pneumonia
“There have been a lot of various online rumors about how to prevent against Covid-19. Are they suitable for all ages?”
CheckCheckCin: Chinese medicine states that you need to find out the cause and correct treatment according to the symptoms. Everyone has different body conditions. There is no singular formula that is suitable for everyone. Therefore, it is not recommended to use folk medicine indiscriminately. If you want to strengthen your body and prevent disease, you can start with strengthening the spleen and dispelling dampness. People in Hong Kong generally have phlegm and dampness body type because they like to eat cold/raw and oily food, spend significant time in air-conditioned rooms, sit without moving for long periods of time, and climate is humid. If you find that your tongue is white, damp and sticky, your stool sticks to the toilet and is unusually smelly, you feel fatigue, chest tightness, stomach bloating, those are the warning signs that there is dampness in the body.
The spleen transports fluid to ensure dampness does not stagnate in the body. Have less oily and cold/raw food, drink and dessert. Eat more ingredients that can strengthen the spleen and dispel dampness such as rice, rice bean, Chinese yam, coix seeds, hyacinth bean coat and sweet potato. Drink a cup of rice water daily to strengthen the spleen and stomach to dispel dampness. Exercising regularly can also help encourage sweating and dispel dampness.
Patchouli tea with cardamom and dried citrus peel
Effects: dispels dampness and promotes qi circulation, regulates qi and strengthens the spleen, relieves relieve heaviness of head and body, fatigue due to phlegm and dampness
Ingredients: 6g patchouli, 3g cardamom, 1 dried citrus peel
Preparation: Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Combine all ingredients with 800ml of water and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to medium heat and cook for another 20 minutes.
For best results, drink consecutively for 3 days a week.
Note: Not suitable for those with yin deficiency