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Does the Damp Scottish Weather Effect Health?

There is much written in the classics about damp environments and health. In a previous blog I described the type of conditions which may be considered damp types. Generally if it feels heavy or clogged up or mucousy or swollen or phlegmy, it is a damp problem.  If you feel your symptoms are worse in the damp, rainy or humid weather then the root cause is damp. The aim of acupuncture is to clear the damp from the system and to bolster the system to dispel damp. Clearly if your re living in a damp environment, your are more likely to experience damp types of problems. 

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Dampness and fatigue

Dampness in the system is a way of expressing the symptoms of many complaints. The main symptom of dampness is fatigue and a feeling of heaviness.  The feeling of heaviness in the legs going upstairs or the need to sit down to relieve the feeling of heavy fatigue.  There may be a feeling of mugginess in the head, or sinus type problems or mucousy /phlegmy problems.  There may be loose stools or a general feeling of "wading through treacle".  Swollen and stiff joints may also be symptomatic of dampness.  

Please see the next blog post to find out why in Scotland w are prone to dampness

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Spring

Acupuncture theory has much to say about the seasons and the effect of seasons on our health.  We are currently moving towards spring, after quite a long and at times hard winter.  Do you feel that winter has had an affect on your health? 
Winter is a time for withdrawal, and the cold makes us go inwards and contract. This has an impact on how we feel, how much we do (generally less), what we eat (generally more) and how we feel. our bodies will also contract with the cold, muscle achesa nd pains are very common this time of year.

As we move towards spring we become more outward, the energy now is said to be yang, meaning in this context upward, outward and active.  Look at what is happeneing in gardens around you, bulbs coming out and flowering, birds getting active and lambs appearing in the fields.  It is a time for new growth, activity, procreation and putting ourselves out there in the world!

Is that how you feel in spring?  It can be difficult to adjust to a new type of energy, particulary when the weather can be so changeable.  common complaints at this time of year are things like sciatica, migraine, virus infections, poor sleep and low energy.

So to respond to the seasonal change, take it easy don't push yourself.  Enjoy the change, lighter evenings, bird song and the chance to get out and about. 

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