Diet Guidelines for Wind Damp Patterns

Wind and Damp are two factors that can:

  • block the meridians,
  • obstruct the smooth flow of Qi and
  • Cause pain, numbness and/or swelling.

General dietary recommendations include:

  • Regular eating times,
  • Eating moderate amounts and chewing thoroughly.
  • Raw foods and cold foods (ex: ice cream) will constrict circulation and should be avoided.
  • Likewise, highly fatty foods, especially saturated fats will impair circulation.
  • Eating while distracted or emotionally stressed should also be avoided.


  • The diet should also include plenty of fragrant and lightly spiced dishes.
  • Highly processed foods and well as preservatives should be avoided.
  • Where ever possible choose organically grown foods.


Specific foods for Wind Damp Patterns

  • Turmeric, basil, oregano, rosemary, ginger, flax seed oil or other sources of EFAs
  • Rice, barley, rye
  • Alfalfa sprouts, cilantro, mustard greens, turnips, mushrooms especially Oyster mushrooms
  • Cherries, papaya
  • Black beans, kidney beans, lotus seeds, mung beans, black soya beans
  • Sardines

Foods to restrict or avoid

  • Salads, raw vegetables, eggplants
  • Raw fruits, persimmons
  • Excess amounts of meats or dairy, refined sugars, high doses of vitamin C
  • Cold foods like ice cream or smoothies
  • Iced drinks including ice water