This pattern is affiliated with chronic fatigue syndrome, candida overgrowth, ulcers, gastritis and obesity and is characterised by a deficient spleen that has caused the formation of dampness. In Chinese medicine the spleen comprises the entire digestive system and aspects of the circulatory system. In cold damp invading the spleen the digestive process is impaired and dampness has formed. It obstructs the chest and epigastrium and prevents the normal movement of chi causing stuffiness and a feeling of heaviness in the head. Dampness affects the taste and has a tendency to infuse downward causing vaginal discharge. The main cause for cold damp invading the spleen is the combination of exterior damp invasion and a hectic lifestyle of constant rushing, endless financial commitments (credit cards, loans, pay later schemes) which creates worry (which harms the spleen) and progressively less time for rest, relaxation and sleep. Cold damp invading the spleen can also be caused by fad dieting which leads to constantly changing eating habits; excessive consumption of cold and raw foods; and overwork and overthinking.
Fatigue, no appetite, abdominal distension after eating, bloating, oedema, tiredness, lassitude, sallow complexion, weakness of the limbs, loose stools, feeling ungrounded, floating or spacey sensation, worry, sweetish taste in the mouth or absence of taste, no thirst, loose / thin stools, white vaginal discharge, and feeling of heaviness.

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