Do you have dampness in your body?

Do you have dampness in your body?

For elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), most people only know Yin and Yang. But besides Yin and Yang, there are lots of other elements such as dampness and heats. In fact, dampness and heats are the two elements that are frequently spoken by TCM practitioners when they treat patients. Now the question for you is, do you know what is dampness?

What is dampness in TCM?

In Chinese, dampness means the “high humidity” inside the body. By definition, dampness is an imbalance arising from having too much water or moisture trapped in the body. It is a condition that people get when their body does not reach optimal status to remove excessive water. 

What causes dampness in the body?

Nowadays, dampness is considered to be the biggest enemy of people’s health in TCM: the majority of the people have strong potential to have dampness inside their body. But what causes it?

Dampness can be caused by various reasons. One example is the living habits of people. On one hand, people in nowadays are eating really well: they eat much more than what they should. On the other hand, the foods  are high-fat and high-sugar. At the same time, there is a few time for people to do exercises. As a result, all these excessive food and nutrition will not be consumed and affect people’s digestive function. In other words, when our stomach and spleen cannot digest all these excessive nutrition, it will remain in our body and become potential dampness.

What are the symptoms of having dampness?

  • People will feel tired very easily.
  • Puffiness of the skin
  • Swelling or water retention
  • Distended abdomen
  • Nodular masses
  • Losse bowels
  • Too much sputum
  • Malaise or generalized weakness
  • Too much saliva
  • Obesity even with diet
  • Very sleepy in the morning even with enough sleeping hours

If you have more than 3 of the symptoms describe above, you probably have dampness inside your body.

How can I get rid of dampness?

In order to get rid of dampness, there are various methods for you to choose. We will introduce two most effective methods and other general things for you to pay attention to.

1. Eating red beans, pearl barley, and Chinese yam.

In TCM, food is the best medicine than any other types of medicines. These three foods are the most useful treatments for dampness inside your body. If you want to get them, you can find a Chinese Medicine near you and buy. Avoid eating sugary and fat food to prevent accumulating more dampness in your body. Do not eat too much cold food too. 

2. Do more exercises.

Apart from food, exercising is also very important. Exercise will not only help with digestion as well, but you will sweat a lot during exercising which is a great way to reduce dampness inside your body.

3. Having massage cupping at Cheng Shan Acupoint

Doing massage cupping at Cheng Shan Acupoint is the most powerful and effective way to reduce dampness. Cheng Shan is located on urinary Bladder Meridian. When you stimulate it, you will activate your Yang inside your body to reduce dampness. This acupoint is 8 cun below UB 40 in a pointed depression below the gastrocnemius when leg is stretched or heel is lifted.

Most people will feel soreness and pains when you press your Cheng Shan Acupoint. This is because you have dampness inside your body. After massage cupping on Cheng Shan for a while, you will feel warmer than before. You can get silicone cupping sets to do massage cupping by your own from time to time to reduce dampness in your body. 

In conclusion, dampness could cause severe health conditions like high cholesterol, metabolic disorders, and chronic fatigue syndrome. You can get rid of dampness by eating specific foods, doing more exercises, and having massage cupping at Cheng Shan acupoint. 


If you really want to get rid of dampness immediately, you can look for an acupuncture therapy near you and book appointments for acupuncture sessions. However, if you prefer to stay at home and do cupping for yourself, do not hesitate to visit! Silicone cupping set from are made with medical grade liquid silicone, which a safe and hygiene material. It has been approved a safe for being widely used in medical devices and accessories.

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