Friday, May 25, 2012

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


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. 


An example of "lamig" phenomenon
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)

Acupuncture:

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

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.

22 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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  9. Sir prangbganon ang na ramdaman ko now. Parang may gumagapang Sa Likod ko na di ko maintindihan at some part of my bady may nanginginig pa lipat2x stomach discomfort . Pananakit ngnlikod minsan at nagpapawis Sa ka may at labis na pag otot..

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    1. Hi, better po see a Doctor muna, I cannot make a comments since I am not a Doctor and I haven's seen your condition, but if you are serious about it, I can recommend you to a Doctor that is knowledgeable in both western and eastern medicine.

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  10. Hi sir aq nman lagi nahihilo twice n aq ngpa check up s blood at urine all are negative nman po nagpahilot aq kc pag pinipisil q ung shoulder back q masakit at parang may nahihilang ugat s ulo q...lagi nanginginig ang kamay at paa q hard to sleep also is this pasma or lamog?

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    1. I suggest visit an integrative dr. they know about pasma or lamig, not all doctors are the same po, kaya i suggest visit a dr na may alam sa lamig at pasma so they can evaluate your condition thoroughly. I will recommend Dr. Angeli Sta Teresa at 477-0644 or 631-7821. Nagpapayo lang po ako di naggagamot at iba iba po condition ng tao so need po talaga to see a good dr lalo na at complicated ang case nyo. salamat po.

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    2. gud am ser rannie bernardo ako po si cris taga laguna ako po ay may sakit n pasma ngayun.n compine po ako last august dahil s sobra sakit ng aking katawan at di ako makalakad after 4days of test ng doctor wl po sila findings at sbi skin overweigth lang po ako.s ngayun ns bahay lang ako ng nagpapagaling gamit ang mga gamot n reseta ng doctor n vitamins at pain reliver.ser s ngayun di p naganda ang kondisyun ko masakit pa ren buong katawan ko,ser bk pwede mo ako mapayuhan pr s proper medication s pasma.tnx po

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    3. Hi Sir, Makatulong po ng malaki ang IV Laser Therapy, inaayos nito ang maraming problema sa katawan, pwede po kasing may kasama toxemia ito problem nyo, you may call 477-0644/631-7821 po for consult in one of their Doctors, the name of clinic is Integrated Laser and Complemenray Medicine, I will highly recomend it po sa mga ganayn problem. To know more visit: www.integratedlasermedicine.com and www.ilacm.com po.

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  11. Hi po.magpapasalamat lng po ako at mdami akong n22nan sa inyo..:-)

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  12. Hi po Mr. Rannie, ask ko po sana kung san nyo maisa suggest na maganda pumunta for acupuncture? Thanks po

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    1. Integrated Laser and Complementary Medicine Center po call them 477-0644 / 631-7821 .

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  13. Hi ako po merong pong stiff neck pero palipat lipat po yung sakit. Pasma din po b ito.

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  14. Thanks po for sharing.

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