Friday, May 25, 2012

"Lamig" and "Pasma" (Heat and Cold Energy Imbalance )

An example of "lamig" phenomenon
There is no English or Medical Term  or equivalent to the Filipino state of being or condition  called "Lamig or Pasma", the closest I can interpreted it is "heat and cold energy imbalance" just to put an English title to this article.  I am a believer of this phenomenon, it is something medical science cannot explain, I personally experienced being "Pasmado",  knowledge and application of the principles of balancing heat and cold energy helps in curing the symptoms of my "lamig and pasma". Pasma is very Filipino Folk Medicine, whereas Lamig or cold wind, we learned from the Chinese/Oriental Medicine, they are usually synonymous and go hand in hand. Some of the symptoms of pasma and lamig are severe recurrent migraine, sweaty palms, numbness and pains, hand tremors, body pains and stomach pains, could be similar with symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus, Thyroid Dysfunction, Neurological/nervous dysfunction and sometimes unexplained feeling of illness. It is all about balancing heat and cold energy,  for example during cold season we have to take more of hot food like chicken soup or porridge to balance the heat in the body , avoid watery fruits such as watermelons, apple, citrus since they are "cold foods" or in case you like to eat them make sure to drink at least a hot tea after to minimize the cold energy. During summertime eat cold foods like fruits in season usually abound are cold foods like watermelons, green salads. To give you an analogy it is something you do not do to a glass from freezer is to put hot water of course it will break due to reaction to extreme temperatures, our body is like that also it could experience a state of shock with immediate exposure to two extreme temperatures. 

What are remedies available if you have Pasma or Lamig?

My Holistic Doctor friend recommend that you take Omega3 or Fish Oil 1000mg at least twice a day, this will balance the cold energy in the body, this is the secret of cold water fishes for surviving in the cold deep sea, ice cold waters like the salmon.
One of the effect of too much cold energy or Lamig is extreme and recurrent headache, fish oil (rich in Omega3 fatty acids) relieved the symptoms.

AVOID DRINKING COLD WATER: Non-negotiable if you suffer from pasma, it is a matter of getting used to it. If you love eating cold foods such as citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, dalandan  or calamansi ( Philippine lemons), watermelons, apples, green salads, fresh vegetable or fruit juices,  make sure to drink a hot tea like ginger tea or green tea afterwards to balance the cold energy.

Have a regular massage, since accumulation of Lamig (cold wind) in the body cause our cells and tissue not to expel the toxins and waste products in the body, once accumulated, it cause a heavy feeling and body pains, the therapists called it nodules, lamig or pasma, or hangin, they can actually feel a nodular mass of unexpelled tissue waste products, massage help to loosen up and relax our muscles and help our skin release those tissue waste products giving a feeling of relief.
Me having back rub and full body massage

Ventosa (Moxibustion) is also a great way but you need an expert in doing this because extra care must be considered. It is also called cupping, using glass cups to suction the toxins and cold energy accumulated by the body, a follow up massage is necessary after doing this.
Me having a relaxing ventosa (stress buster)
Accupunture:
I don't know how but my acupuncturist knows that there is a meridian point somewhere below the knee to release the heat from the body, after my acupuncture my body sweat all over  during sleep as if, it  breaths and release those air/heat/steam accumulated in the body and I feel lighter. 
Me having an acupuncture

Eat the right food for the season, cold for the hot season and hot food for the cold season, I tried it and work to correct my pasma, since I used to eat a lot of fruits and veggies and cold water, I experienced body pains and stomach discomfort, my holistic doctor  friend told me its too much cold foods so I took his advice, omega fish oil, hot chicken soup, porridge and a regular massage and stop drinking cold water and it's gone! he said it works to all his patients too.
Food for balancing heat energy due to "lamig", I prepared myself
Miso soup
Chicken soup
Chicken rice porridge

 -RCB


Here is a Tagalog explanation of Pasma since some words have no equivalent in English and better explained in Tagalog: This is sourced from wikifilipino/wikipilipinas.org.

Ang pasma ay ang kalagayan ng bahagi ng katawan ng tao kung kailan ang kalamnan at kasukasuan ay may pananakit dahil sa lamig-init na nadikitan o napagdaanan. Ang pasma ay wala sa kaalamang panggagamot sa western therapy/kanluraning lunas, dahil ito ay hindi nasusukat o napupuna ng kanilang mga aparato o kagamitan. Ngunit sa eastern therapy/silanganing lunas, ito ay matagal nang batid at sa katunayan ay may mga paraan ng pag iwas nito at may kaparaanan din ng pagbabawas ng dahan dahan nito sa katawan ng tao. Ang bansang hapon ay isa sa may kaalaman ng pagbibigay lunas sa pasma at isa sa mga ginagawa nila ay ang pagligo araw araw ng maligamgam na tubig o kilalang steambath kung kaya ang matatanda sa bansang nabanggit ay may mahabang buhay na nanatiling malusog at maliksi. Dito sa Pilipinas, ang pasma ay alam ng matatanda lalu na ng mga manggagamot na humihilot at arbolaryo, sabi nila mayroong pasma sa lamig(napagod bago nalamigan), may pasma sa init(galing sa malamig at nainitan) at may pasma sa gutom(nalipasan ng gutom). Ayon sa kaalaman nila batay sa karanasan at pamumulso, ang pasma kapag hindi pinapansin sa katawan ay nagiging dahilan pa ng pagkakaroon ng mga komplikasyon o supling na mga sakit sa katawan ng tao tulad ng rayuma at paghina ng mga organs o bahagi ng katawan ng tao. Ito ay sa dahilan ng pagkakaroon ng hindi pantay na kuryente o dagitab sa katawan ng tao kapag napapasma at siya rin ang unti unting dahilan ng imbalance/di timbang at paghina ng metabolismo ng katawan. Kapag naabotang pangkalahatang deperensiya sa katawan ay duon na lumalabas ang ibat ibang sakit o karamdaman. Isa sa pangkaraniwang gamit sa pasma ay paggamit ng liniment o panghaplas na may sangkap na may init at lamig sa pakiramdam. Ang pagiwas ng pagbabasa ng malamig na tubig kapag galing sa nakakapagod na gawain ay isang mabuting kaparaanan o kaya naman ay ang paggamit ng maligamgam na tubig sa paghinaw kung masyadong malinis sa katawan ay makakatulong din naman. Ang tama at wastong pagkain kasabay ng pag iwas sa pinagmumulan ng pasma ay isang matalinong kapasyahan upang mapanatiling malusog ang ating katawan. Wag nang magtaka na kapag minsan ang taong kumplikado ang mga karamdaman ay di agad gumagaling sa iniinom na mga gamot, maaring gumaling na ang ibang sakit niya tulad ng impeksiyon ngunit hindi ang pasma kaya hindi mawari kung anong pakiramdam niya. Ito nga kasing pasma ay hindi nakikita ng iba ngunit nararamdaman naman ng may katawan. Minumungkahi ang iwasan ang mapasma.

Pasma refers to a "folk illness" unique to the Filipino culture. As such, it has distinct signs, symptoms, perceived causes and treatments which are recognized in the folk medicine of the Philippines, but these are not described in medical textbooks, discussed in medical schools, or generally recognized by contemporary medical science.

11 comments:

  1. hi its very usefull, just wanna know, when u are experiencing pasma & lamig kasama ba dun ang headache then parang manhind paa at kamay usually left side the parang light headed. thanks

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    1. Hi, headache are sometimes caused by "lamig" and dehydration, try drinking plenty of tap water (not cold) or lukewarm water, manhid with headache could be hypertension also or vitamin b complex deficiency, if hydration doesnt work better have your bp checked and see a doctor for a possible work-up, if your dr,. say nothing is wrong or test result are normal, it could be lamig or pasma.

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  2. thanks for the reply all the test is normal including ECG & blood chemistry I am experiencing kirot sa may gilid ng tainga then my hand is parang lutang, i consulted hilot & relexologist they say sobrang dami daw ng lamig sa katawan ko & then sobrang pasmado daw. thanks ure blogs are very useful,

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  3. galing. i believe this! thanks for the info.

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  4. Swak sa hinahanap ko,
    thank you for the information, :-)

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  5. ganyan din nararamdaman ko ngaun. msakit ulo taz parang manhid ang katawan ko, taz pagkagising ko, parang di ako nakatulog...pero naktulog naman ako.ganito din po ba sign ng pasma?

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  6. Hi, yung paa ko laging malamig kahit naka medyas na ako. Pasma din po ba yun. Ano po kaya mas magandang gawin ko. Looking forward for your reply. Tnx!

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    1. It could be, there might be poor circulation in the area,. Try soaking them in lukewarm water with epsom or sea salt before putting socks.

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  7. Hello Sir Rannie Bernardo... eto pong nangyari sa akin.sobra init po nun last april tapos bandang 3pm, naglaba po ako. at dinner nag ulam po ako ng letson manok.naligo po ako at humiga with electric fan on.. nagising ako dahil parang may umakyat mula sa paa at mga kamay ko.hindi ko maipaliwanag kung ano.takot po akong mawalan ng malay kaya hindi na ako nakatulog uli.nan lamig po buong katawan ko.ramdam ko na may malamig sa kalamnan ko.malamig sa paa, mga kamay.minsan ok lang, minsan hindi.sumama din sikmura ko..

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  8. Hello sir Rannie Bernardo, Thanks sa info. ngayon naintindihan ko na tungkol sa hangin at pasma. ramdam ko ito ang sakit ko ngayon. research ako ng research sa medical book pero wla akong mahanap na kasagutan sa symptoms ko, maliban nalang related sa neuro/psycho sikness. resita ng doctor ay anti anxiety drugs pero d ako kumbinsido. masakit kasi ang aking katawan, palagi ngpamasahe marami nodules sa likod at gumiginhawa pakiramdam ko. may improvement pero pabalik balik lang. saka nanginginig kamay at paa ko at nagugulat sa biglaang tunog, parang may gumagapang sa likod at ulo ko, minsan mahirap huminga at masama pakiramdam ko sa aircon at magbyahe, hinahangin. ako. maliban sa masahe, anong herbal dapat inumin? maganda rin ba ang hot foot bath? o kaya ay electrotherapy?

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Thank you for crossing my bridge. God bless.

Thank you for crossing my bridge. God bless.