Ying Yang Xue

"If something is cold, heat it. If something is hot, cool it." –Huangdi Neijing

Foods to Treat Damp Heat

We finished off the fall semester with an ode to clearing dampheat–something very topical after weeks of Thanksgiving feasts and pre-winter holidays treats.  B.C. took the task to heart, discovering which vegetables were ideal for clearing damp-heat, and then inventing a classic autumnal soup around those ingredients.   He also made some delicious Dandelion Root tea (or as we called it, “Dandeloot Rion tea!”) to give us some additional damp-draining, heat-clearing power!

TCM pattern: Damp-heat

In TCM, dampness is an excess of the water element and heat is an excess of the fire element. Dampness is associated with water retention or swelling and feelings of heaviness or sluggishness. Dampness and heat together are associated with nausea, fever, thirst, dizziness, loose stools and poor appetite, according to AcupunctureToday.com. Illnesses associated with dampness include high cholesterol, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer and fibromyalgia. Damp heat conditions may also include inflammation, high blood sugar, urinary tract infections, weight gain and food allergies. (you can read more from Livestrong.com here)

 Drain the Damp Heat Soup 

Carrots, Asparagus, and Celery have strong effects on the body to drain damp heat.

2 lbs Carrots
1 bunch of Asparagus
I bunch of Celery
2 cups of Almond Milk
1 table spoon of cinnamon
2 table spoons of nutmeg

Boil separately the Asparagus and the Carrots.
Blend Asparagus, Carrots, and Almond milk. Add water for right consistency.
Pour into pot.
Chop celery and add to mixture.
Add nutmeg and cinnamon.
Simmer for 2 hours.

We ate the soup so quickly, there was no time for Glamour Shots! Sorry, B.C.!


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