Ovarian Cystsaccording to TCM

Symptom families: Gynecological Conditions, Lumps, Swellings & Abscesses

Parent symptom: Cysts

Did you mean? Uterine Cysts

Root Causes of Ovarian Cysts in TCM

Explore below more details about what might cause Ovarian cysts according to TCM.

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Phlegm
  • Dampness
  • Uterus
Detailed description of the cause

Phlegm

In TCM "Phlegm" as a pattern of disharmony is a complex concept that extends beyond the physical manifestation of mucus. It represents a pathological factor that can disrupt the flow of Qi (vital energy) and blood, leading to various health issues. Phlegm in TCM is seen as a sticky, turbid substance arising from the body's inability to metabolize fluids properly, often due to a dysfunction of the spleen. It's not only associated with respiratory problems like cough and congestion but also with systemic issues. Symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness, mental cloudiness, dizziness, and in some cases, the formation of lumps or masses. Phlegm can even be "invisible," contributing to emotional disturbances like depression or stress. ... see more

Phlegm Patterns That Can Lead to Ovarian Cysts

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus Ovarian cysts, Late menstruation, Amenorrhea, Scanty menstruation, Lower abdominal pain, Abdominal heaviness, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Generalized fatigue, Diarrhea, Dull pale complexion, Obesity, Infertility, Ovarian fibroids, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Pseudocyesis, Sputum, Feeling of heaviness... see more Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan | Wei Ling Tang | Wan Dai Tang | Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang
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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 Ovarian Cysts

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus Ovarian cysts, Late menstruation, Amenorrhea, Scanty menstruation, Lower abdominal pain, Abdominal heaviness, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Generalized fatigue, Diarrhea, Dull pale complexion, Obesity, Infertility, Ovarian fibroids, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Pseudocyesis, Sputum, Feeling of heaviness... see more Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan | Wei Ling Tang | Wan Dai Tang | Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang
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Uterus

In TCM the Uterus (or "Bao Gong") is not just a reproductive organ but a vital system closely linked to Kidney energy, responsible for menstrual health, fertility, and pregnancy. It's also connected to the Heart and Liver, reflecting the importance of emotional and blood health in reproductive wellness. In TCM, the Uterus is seen as a reservoir of Blood and Qi, crucial for reproductive health and general vitality. When the Uterus malfunctions or is imbalanced, it can lead to menstrual irregularities, infertility, miscarriages, or menopausal symptoms. Additionally, there might be symptoms like lower abdominal pain or emotional disturbances such as mood swings, often linked to Liver Qi stagnation. These manifestations highlight the TCM perspective that the health of the Uterus is intertwined with the overall balance of energy and blood in the body, as well as emotional well-being.... see more

Uterus Patterns That Can Lead to Ovarian Cysts

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus Ovarian cysts, Late menstruation, Amenorrhea, Scanty menstruation, Lower abdominal pain, Abdominal heaviness, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Generalized fatigue, Diarrhea, Dull pale complexion, Obesity, Infertility, Ovarian fibroids, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Pseudocyesis, Sputum, Feeling of heaviness... see more Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan | Wei Ling Tang | Wan Dai Tang | Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang

TCM Herbal Formulas for Ovarian Cysts

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address ovarian cysts, organized by cause and by formula type.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Phlegm
  • Dampness
  • Formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm
  • Formulas that expel dampness
  • Formulas that secure irregular uterine bleeding and stop vaginal discharge

All Formulas Recommended for Ovarian Cysts Caused by Phlegm

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Wei Ling Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Wan Dai Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus

All Formulas Recommended for Ovarian Cysts Caused by Dampness

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Wei Ling Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Wan Dai Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus

All "formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm" recommended for ovarian cysts

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus
Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang Damp-Phlegm in the Uterus

TCM Herbs for Ovarian Cysts

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address ovarian cysts, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that invigorate the blood
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency
  • Herbs that regulate qi
  • Aromatic herbs that transform dampness
  • Herbs that drain dampness
  • Tonic herbs for blood deficiency

"Herbs that invigorate the Blood" recommended for ovarian cysts

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Szechuan Lovage Roots (Chuan Xiong) Xiong Gui Er Chen Tang
Flying Squirrel Faeces (Wu Ling Zhi) Not applicable

"Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency" recommended for ovarian cysts

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Atractylodes Rhizomes (Bai Zhu) Wan Dai Tang
Yam (Shan Yao) Wan Dai Tang