Slow Metabolismaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Metabolic Disorders

Root Causes of Slow Metabolism in TCM

Explore below more details about what might cause Slow metabolism according to TCM.

  • By Syndrome
  • Phlegm
Detailed description of the cause


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 Slow Metabolism

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Phlegm Low metabolism, Feeling of oppression of the chest, Head fog, Dizziness Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan

TCM Herbal Formulas for Slow Metabolism

See more details below about Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan, a herbal formula used to address slow metabolism.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Phlegm
  • Formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm

TCM Herbs for Slow Metabolism

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address slow metabolism, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that regulate qi
  • Aromatic herbs that transform dampness