Spasms of the diaphragm according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, spasms of the diaphragm is sometimes associated with Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation, a so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease" because both concepts arise from totally different ways of seeing the human body.

To understand whether someone's spasms of the diaphragm might be caused by the pattern Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from spasms of the diaphragm alone. Indeed if spasms of the diaphragm is caused by Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation, patients also experience symptoms such as coughing and wheezing with copious sputum, focal distention of the chest, poor appetite and digestive difficulties. Similarly, patients with Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation typically exhibit slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation so that you can have a better understanding of where spasms of the diaphragm might find its root according to Chinese Medicine.

Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below San Zi Yang Qin Tang, a formula that can help treat Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation.

Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with spasms of the diaphragm

The Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine

Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Recommended herbal formula: San Zi Yang Qin Tang

Symptoms: Poor appetite Digestive difficulties Focal distention of the chest Coughing and wheezing with copious sputum

Spasms of the diaphragm might be due to Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as coughing and wheezing with copious sputum, focal distention of the chest, poor appetite and digestive difficulties. Similarly, patients with Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation typically exhibit slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.

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San Zi Yang Qin Tang, a herbal formula that might help with spasms of the diaphragm

San Zi Yang Qin Tang

Source date: 1856 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Directs the Qi downward. Transforms Phlegm. Reduces harbored food.

Why might San Zi Yang Qin Tang help with spasms of the diaphragm?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation, a pattern sometimes associated with spasms of the diaphragm. If it looks like you might suffer from Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about San Zi Yang Qin Tang here

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