June 10, 2020
Understanding damp-heat ingredients
“Mango is in season now. But some say mango is damp-heat fruit? What does that mean?”
CheckCheckCin: You always hear that some ingredients are damp or damp-heat natured. Let’s figure out what “dampness” is first.
“Dampness” and “ heat” only refers to the cause of symptoms in Chinese medicine, for example, common sayings such as “the weather is humid”, “dampness and heat in the digestive system” all refer to that. If you have difficulty circulating fluids leading to symptoms such as itchy skin, fatigue, abdominal pain, loose and sticky stool that stuck to the toilet after eating certain ingredients, you may have “dampness” or “damp-heat”. That is why people say that these kinds of ingredients are “damp heat” or “damp” natured. These sayings refer to the body reflection of those with specific body conditions after eating certain ingredients, but do not mean the nature of ingredients are “damp”.
Mango is hot in nature. It can relieve vomiting and dizziness, relieve thirst and promote diuresis. Dizziness caused by motion could be relieved by eating mango. It is suitable for those with weak body conditions. However, those with damp-heat and yin deficiency body condition should eat less to prevent worsening heat-related symptoms. Mango is an ingredient that activates wind, so it is not suitable for those with sensitive body types such as eczema and skin allergy. Otherwise, it may lead to allergic reactions or make symptoms worse. Mango’s wind activating characteristic and heat-related nature is why people refer to it as “damp-heat”, which is actually the reflection of the body mentioned above after eating it.
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