Cold-Phlegm

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At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 寒痰      Pinyin name: Hán Tán

Pattern nature: Full

Pattern hierarchy: General pattern with specific forms like Cold-Phlegm in the Lungs

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea Cold limbs Poor appetite White and watery sputum Feeling of oppression of the chest

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Slippery (Hua), Slow (Chi)

Tongue description: Pale and swollen tongue with white wet coating

Treatment

Treatment principle: Resolve Phlegm, clear Coldness, warm the Kidneys

Common formulas: Ling Gan Wu Wei Jiang Xin Tang San Zi Yang Qin Tang

Pathology

A famous saying in Chinese Medicine goes: "Phlegm has its source in the Kidneys, is then moved by the Spleen, and resides in the Lungs."

This couldn't be more obvious in Cold-Phlegm patterns. The "Cold" aspect of it is that it stems from a Fire Deficiency of the Gate of Life (Ming Men), which is the source of warmth for all physiological processes. This Deficiency inhibits the Spleen's ability to transform and transport the Body Fluids, which accumulate and become Phlegm and thin mucus.

The thin mucus is then sent to the Lungs, the natural next step for Body Fluids after they're filtered in the Spleen. Hence there are the symptoms of white and watery sputum as well as chest oppression in this pattern.

Diagnosing Cold-Phlegm

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), slippery (Hua) or slow (Chi)

Tongue description: Pale and swollen tongue with white wet coating

Main symptoms: Nausea Cold limbs Poor appetite White and watery sputum Feeling of oppression of the chest

Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the white watery sputum, feeling of oppression on the chest and cold limbs.

Treating Cold-Phlegm

Treatment principle

Resolve Phlegm, clear Coldness, warm the Kidneys 

Herbal formulas used to treat Cold-Phlegm

Ling Gan Wu Wei Jiang Xin Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Lungs. Transforms congested Fluids.

Formula summary

Ling Gan Wu Wei Jiang Xin Tang is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that warm and transform Phlegm-Cold.

Besides Cold-Phlegm, Ling Gan Wu Wei Jiang Xin Tang is also used to treat Cold-Phlegm in the Lungs or Phlegm-Fluids in the Lungs.

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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.

Formula summary

San Zi Yang Qin Tang is a 3-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1856 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that warm and transform Phlegm-Cold.

Besides Cold-Phlegm, San Zi Yang Qin Tang is also used to treat Cold-Phlegm in the Lungs or Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation.

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