What is the difference between internal and external dampness?

There are two pathways of dampness in the human body, namely internal dampness and external dampness according to Chinese medicine.

What is external humidity?

External dampness is usually caused by a humid climate, and Chinese medicine believes that Qi can sense each other.

Often people wade in water, get wet or live in humid environments for long periods of time, which can cause external moisture to enter the body.

It may cause symptoms such as a swollen head and chest, heaviness and pain, fever and fatigue, sore and heavy joints, and poor mobility and joint pain.

What is internal dampness?

Internal dampness is an endogenous source of water in the body, mainly related to the spleen. According to Chinese medicine, the metabolism of water and fluid in the human body is mainly carried out by the spleen, and if there is a problem with the spleen, the water and fluid in the body cannot be transported properly, and the part of the body where the water and fluid remain for a long time will be diseased.

Internal dampness is mostly caused by impaired spleen function due to improper diet and lack of exercise.

For example, when you are full, hungry, cold, greasy, or alcoholic due to poor diet, the spleen cannot transport body fluids, which cannot be eliminated, and it is concentrated into water.

Symptoms such as abdominal distension and abdominal pain, chest tightness and puffiness, loss of appetite, unformed stools, nausea and vomiting, and swollen urine may occur.