All this rain and damp weather in North Carolina the past six weeks may be good for the plants and water reserves, but they can potentially cause annoying health problems. The damp weather causes higher than average humidity levels. This, in turn, causes our bodies to generate more internal dampness, which can trigger health issues such as vertigo, dizziness, joint and muscle pain, and sinus congestion. Let’s take a look at each of these conditions, see how they are aggravated by damp weather, and figure out what you can do about it to feel better.
Damp Weather Triggers Vertigo and Dizziness
Vertigo is a condition of severe dizziness, where the room is spinning and it’s difficult to stand upright. You all know what dizziness feels like. But suffering from a condition of dizziness is when you feel dizzy all the time, not just when you get up fast from sitting or when you’ve skipped lunch.
In Chinese medicine, we recognize the cause of these two conditions as internal dampness lodging in the head. Imagine dampness and phlegm getting stuck in the head and blocking the ears, eyes and even brain. It triggers the sensation of vertigo and dizziness. When you’re body is used to dry air and all of a sudden you’re exposed to very humid air for weeks at a time, some people will start accumulating this dampness inside their bodies. When it accumulated in the head it triggers dizziness.
In cases like these, we need to strengthen the person’s Spleen function. The spleen is responsible for water metabolism in the body. All this dampness we’re experiencing right now is taxing the spleen’s normal functioning. When the spleen gets a boost, it will be able to handle the extra dampness and the dizziness will clear up.
Joint and Muscle Pain Triggered by Damp Weather
Excess damp weather can also begin to lodge in the joints and muscles. When it does, it causes joint pain (arthritis) and muscle pain (achy muscles). The source is the same as above, but the treatment is different. We’ll boost the patient’s spleen function, but we’ll also open the channels and nourish the joints and muscles with local points. All that internal dampness causes the person’s Qi to slow down. When Qi is stagnant pain results. So moving the Qi will cause the joint and muscle pain to resolve. This, in conjunction with boosting the Spleen’s ability to transform water in the body, will get you through this damp weather feeling better.
Damp Weather and Sinus Problems
Imagine that dampness accumulating in the head. For some it triggers dizziness and vertigo. For others it triggers sinus congestion, sinus pressure and sinus headaches. Same dampness (and phlegm), just add some internal heat and you’ve got sinus problems. What do I mean by internal heat? Some people run “hot”. They feel warm or hot all the time. When you’ve got damp accumulation in a person like this, the dampness thickens into phlegm. Phlegm loves to block the sinuses. It gums up the works.
To treat this condition we have to do several things at the same time. We need to get rid of the phlegm. Acupuncture does this very well. It recruits your body into phlegm-transformation mode. We also need to boost Spleen function, to handle the excess dampness responsible for the phlegm in the first place. In addition, we need to open up the sinuses, to allow Qi to move and break up the local stagnation.
This treatment works for acute sinus congestion, chronic sinusitis and sinus infections. We treat it all the time with great success.
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