Clearing damp heat in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) refers to the process of eliminating excess dampness and heat from the body, typically from areas such as the skin, joints, or respiratory system. Damp heat is a pattern in TCM that is characterized by symptoms such as swelling, itching, and fever, and clearing it may be recommended to help resolve toxins, cool the body, and support overall health and wellness.
How is Damp Heat Cleared in TCM?
There are several ways to clear damp heat in TCM, including the use of herbs, acupuncture, and lifestyle changes. Herbs that are commonly used to clear damp heat include those that are bitter, cold, and diuretic, such as coptis, scute, and plantain seed. Acupuncture may be used to stimulate points that are associated with the organs and channels involved in the production and elimination of damp heat, such as the Spleen, Stomach, and Gall Bladder. Lifestyle changes, such as improving diet, increasing physical activity, and reducing stress, may also help to support the body's natural healing process and clear damp heat.