I am a little late to this conversation about dry/damp signs but I had to reply. I have given much thought to this topic for years and using the lens of Sa’am is interesting and refreshing. and ah, the Sp LI and Lu St conundrum.
I remember Toby saying that inside and outside are relative.
Thinking about throat and mouth - or say, sinuses - could go either way, but I think it is more outside part of the exterior cuz its not that deep, really. Or is it a symptom of a deeper, more interior problem?
I have been trying to be non complicated about looking at dry and damp.
Dry inside: (inside) thirsty, skinny
Dry outside: dry skin, dry hair (maybe inside)
could be either/not sure: possibly dry mucus or phlegm, dry lips or mouth
Damp inside: overweight or puffy
Damp outside: sweaty, oily, greasy hair, runny nose, pimples and cysts, lumps and bumps
could be either/not sure: phlegm in Lungs, tearing (“dry eye”) - or is this due to dryness
then there are things like dry skin in winter - who in Vermont doesn’t have dry skin in the winter? so I ask how it is in the summer - and touch it.
So I have been playing with this dry damp and i have a case for you from last week.
CASE female 52
This patient had been coming to me for high blood pressure, just once a month, and I wasn’t having particularly satisfying results. She is quite active and is vegetarian. She is quite heavy, about 5’5" 200 pounds and gains weight easily. It was clear that her blood pressure was worse when she gained more weight. Her skin was not dry, but not moist or oily, she is sweaty in the summer.
2 months ago she was diagnosed with A fib. I had not yet done Sa’am with her but I just knew I needed to supplement LI. She was scheduled for cardiac version in a few days! I was able to get her in 24 hours before the procedure and did LI+. She reported feeling well that afternoon. I told her to make sure they check her heart before the procedure. They did. She did not have A fib and they cancelled the procedure. Yay!
note: My husband also experience high blood pressure when he gained 40 pounds of “pregnancy weight” 11 years ago. So he lost a bunch of weight and his blood pressure went back to normal. He gained all of his weight in his upper half of his body. Damp affecting the heart.
Sa’am is fun. Clinic is a puzzle.