My acupuncturist always tells me that I suffer from damp, that I am damp inside. She is right, when I went on holiday to my gran’s, a lot of my symptoms disappeared completely. When I came back, after one night in my damp flat, they all came back! I felt sick and faint in the middle of the night and found it so difficult to get up again in the morning. So I decided to look into this damp problem.
It seems that there are two basic patterns of MS:
1) Damp-Phlegm with Spleen Deficiency
2) Liver and Kidney Deficiency
According to Chinese medicine these are easy enough to treat with acupuncture and by avoiding the foods contributing to your condition. Find out more about the ‘patterns’ of MS to tackle the one most affecting you.
It seems this all depends on ying or yang deficiencies, it would be best to see an acupuncturist to be sure exactly what your condition is.
If you are damp like me, a good place to start would be not living in a damp home! My acupuncturist tells me to avoid damp foods like bananas. I looked into these foods and unfortunately they include avocados 😦 but I am willing to make this tiny sacrifice for my health.
Damp foods to avoid:
- cold drinks
- fruit juice
- processed foods
- refined flour, pastry, pasta, breads
- cold raw foods
- refined sugar and sugar substitutes
- coffee, alcohol
- deep fried foods
- peanuts and peanut butter
- bananas, avocado
Foods to eat more of:
organic lightly cooked vegetables, corn, celery, watercress, turnip, pumpkin, alfalfa sprouts, button mushrooms, radish, caper
- brown rice, barley, amaranth, rye, oats
- legumes, kidney beans, adzuki beans, lentils
- small amount of lean organic meat, poultry and fish, tuna
- small amount of whole fruits, lemon
- sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
- seaweed, kelp
- green tea, jasmine tea, raspberry leaf tea
Luckily for those of us with MS, most of these adhere to the MS diet rules anyway.