Sunday, 20 July 2014
This week there have been a number of tweets wondering why M.E. affected bodies seem to get worse during damp weather. I have a little story to tell...you can either take some of it on board or take it with a pinch of salt...up to you.
Sally went to see an Acupuncturist about a non-M.E. related health issue. On this particular day, it was very rainy and Sally complained that she felt dreadful and her M.E. was worse than usual. In her assessment the Acupuncturist asked if she could see Sally's tongue (strange....). So, much tongue sticking out lead to the Acupuncturist saying she was 'damp'. Excuse me???!!!!! (some kind of slimy mould on her tongue...yuck!)
The Acupuncturist explained that when it is damp outside the damp inside her body is aggravated and makes symptoms worse (see link below for more info).
Sally already has intolerances to some foods but the Acupuncturist advised an even more restricted diet excluding:
Caffeine (already sensitive/intolerant)
Pork (beloved bacon sandwiches....gone!!!!)
Wheat (already gluten intolerant)
Dairy (already intolerant)
So, Sally went away and stuck to this diet religiously for a few months as an experiment to see for herself if what she had been told could be plausible. Guess what?.......
Her M.E. improved....slightly......but improved none the less. When it rained she didn't feel like her body was imploding and the foggy brain didn't completely wipe her out. That was 2 years ago and she doesn't strictly follow the diet anymore and has reintroduced peanuts, stupidly has the occasional coffee, and indulges in some sugars. Nowadays, she notices her M.E. worsens when she has eaten pork or had a sugary drink.
Some people are wary about chinese medicine but I think there may be some truth in this 'damp' issue.
Just a thought....might help some people!
love Foggy xxx