The concepts of dampness and phlegm are deeper than our initial associations with excessive mucus. Excess dampness and phlegm inhibits circulation of both physical and emotional/mental movement. Accordingly excesses can lead to a wide array of conditions including clinical depression (phlegm misting the mind), headaches (phlegm obstruction), fibroids (collection of phlegm) among more common conditions such as the common cold. Phlegm may arise from weakness in the transformative actions of the spleen, yin deficiency burning the fluids, cold and wind. Treatment will be determined on the underlying causes and the area(s) effected.