Neck Gland Swellingaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Lymphatic Disorders

Root Causes of Neck Gland Swelling in TCM

Explore below more details about what might cause Neck gland swelling according to TCM.

  • By Syndrome
  • Dampness
  • Heat
  • Wind
Detailed description of the cause

Dampness

"Dampness" in TCM is a concept that describes a pattern of disharmony where the body accumulates excess moisture. Imagine the heavy, sticky feeling you get on a very humid day; that's similar to what dampness feels like internally. It can manifest as a sense of heaviness, bloating, sluggishness, or even a foggy mind. This condition is often thought to arise from environmental factors like living in a damp place, dietary habits that promote moisture in the body, or internal imbalances that hinder the body's ability to process fluids properly. In TCM, dampness can obstruct the normal flow of energy and fluids in the body, leading to various symptoms.... see more

Dampness Patterns That Can Lead to Neck Gland Swelling

Common Symptoms: Fever Feeling Of Heaviness Aversion To Cold Headaches Tight Feeling In Chest And Stomach Sticky Taste In The Mouth Absence Of Thirst Feeling Hot

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat Swollen neck glands, Fever, Neck gland swelling, Headaches, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Sticky taste in the mouth, Absence of thirst, Feeling hot, Feeling of heaviness, Bitter taste in the mouth, Acne... see more Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San | Lian Po Yin | Yin Chen Hao Tang | Gan Lu Xiao Du Dan
Damp-Wind Swollen neck glands, Aversion to cold, Fever, Neck gland swelling, Nausea, Perspiration, Occipital stiffness, Body pain, Muscle pain, Feeling of heaviness, Swollen joints... see more Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang | Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang | Cang Er Zi San | Xiao Feng San | Ku Shen Tang | Hai Tong Pi Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Heat

In TCM "Heat" signifies an excess of Yang energy, leading to an imbalance where heat predominates over the body's cool Yin aspects. This condition is metaphorically akin to an internal over-heating. Symptoms indicative of Heat can include feelings of warmth, fever, sweating, irritability, red face, thirst with a preference for cold drinks, and a rapid pulse. The tongue may appear red with a yellow coating. Unlike the common interpretation of heat in terms of temperature, in TCM, it represents a state of hyperactivity or inflammation in the body.... see more

Heat Patterns That Can Lead to Neck Gland Swelling

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat Swollen neck glands, Fever, Neck gland swelling, Headaches, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Sticky taste in the mouth, Absence of thirst, Feeling hot, Feeling of heaviness, Bitter taste in the mouth, Acne... see more Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San | Lian Po Yin | Yin Chen Hao Tang | Gan Lu Xiao Du Dan
Detailed description of the cause

Wind

In TCM "Wind" is a concept that represents a pattern of disharmony, often characterized by its sudden and unpredictable nature, much like a gusty wind changing direction without warning. This pattern is associated with symptoms that come and go quickly or move around the body, such as itching, tremors, or even certain types of pain. Wind is considered to be a primary cause of illnesses that have these rapidly changing characteristics. In TCM, external Wind often refers to illnesses that start suddenly, like the common cold, believed to be caused by external pathogenic factors like climatic changes. On the other hand, internal Wind can be linked to internal imbalances and can manifest in conditions like dizziness or spasms. ... see more

Wind Patterns That Can Lead to Neck Gland Swelling

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Wind Swollen neck glands, Aversion to cold, Fever, Neck gland swelling, Nausea, Perspiration, Occipital stiffness, Body pain, Muscle pain, Feeling of heaviness, Swollen joints... see more Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang | Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang | Cang Er Zi San | Xiao Feng San | Ku Shen Tang | Hai Tong Pi Tang

TCM Herbal Formulas for Neck Gland Swelling

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address neck gland swelling, organized by cause and by formula type.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Dampness
  • Heat
  • Wind
  • Formulas that clear heat and expel dampness
  • Formulas that dredge and disperse external wind
  • External formulas for external disorders
  • Formulas that transform dampness and harmonize stomach
  • Formulas that dispel wind-Damp
  • Formulas that clear wind-Cold

All Formulas Recommended for Neck Gland Swelling Caused by Dampness

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San Damp-Heat
Lian Po Yin Damp-Heat
Yin Chen Hao Tang Damp-Heat
Gan Lu Xiao Du Dan Damp-Heat
Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang Damp-Wind
Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang Damp-Wind
Cang Er Zi San Damp-Wind
Xiao Feng San Damp-Wind
Ku Shen Tang Damp-Wind
Hai Tong Pi Tang Damp-Wind

All Formulas Recommended for Neck Gland Swelling Caused by Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San Damp-Heat
Lian Po Yin Damp-Heat
Yin Chen Hao Tang Damp-Heat
Gan Lu Xiao Du Dan Damp-Heat

All Formulas Recommended for Neck Gland Swelling Caused by Wind

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang Damp-Wind
Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang Damp-Wind
Cang Er Zi San Damp-Wind
Xiao Feng San Damp-Wind
Ku Shen Tang Damp-Wind
Hai Tong Pi Tang Damp-Wind

All "formulas that clear heat and expel dampness" recommended for neck gland swelling

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Lian Po Yin Damp-Heat
Yin Chen Hao Tang Damp-Heat
Gan Lu Xiao Du Dan Damp-Heat

All "formulas that dredge and disperse external wind" recommended for neck gland swelling

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Cang Er Zi San Damp-Wind
Xiao Feng San Damp-Wind

All "external formulas for external disorders" recommended for neck gland swelling

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Ku Shen Tang Damp-Wind
Hai Tong Pi Tang Damp-Wind

Acupoints for Neck Gland Swelling

Explore below some acupoints used to address neck gland swelling, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Triple Burner Channel
  • Small Intestine Channel
  • Gall Bladder Channel
Tianjing TB-10

Tianjing TB-10

When the elbow is flexed, Tianjing TB-10 is in the depression about 1 cun superior to the olecranon.

Erheliao TB-22

Erheliao TB-22

Anterior and superior to Ermen TB-21, level with the root of the auricle, on the posterior border of the hairline of the temple where the superficial temporal artery passes.

Xiaohai SI-8

Xiaohai SI-8

Between the olecranon of the ulna and the medial epicondyle of the humerus.

Tianrong SI-17

Tianrong SI-17

Posterior to the angle of mandible, in the depression on the anterior border of sternocleidomastoid muscle.

Fubai GB-10

Fubai GB-10

Posterior and superior to the mastoid process, at the junction of the upper third and the two lower thirds of the curved line connecting Tianchong GB-9 and Wangu GB-12.