The information provided here is not a replacement for a doctor. You shouldn't use it for the purpose of self-diagnosing or self-medicating but rather so you can have a more informed discussion with a professional TCM practitioner.
Spleen Qi or Yang Deficiency is often the precursor of general Dampness in the body. It is because the Spleen is responsible for water or any Body Fluids transportation and transformation and its disfunction can lead to the formation of Dampness, which can eventually become Phlegm.
If the Damp-Cold invades the Channels and joints, it causes Painful Obstruction Syndrome with symptoms like joints pain, swollen or stiffness. Notopterygium roots is recommended for upper body pain, while Pubescent angelica roots is the best for lower body.
'Cold' as a body pattern in Chinese Medicine is one of the so-called "Eight Principles". Learn more about Cold pattern in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), slippery (Hua), slow (Chi) or soggy (Ru)
Tongue description: White coating
Possible symptoms: Fever Eczema Sneezing Diarrhea Neck pain Back pain Psoriasis Runny nose Cold limbs Face pimple Joints pain Mouth ulcers Facial plaque Swollen ankle Abdominal pain Feeling of cold White watery mucus Feeling of heaviness Waist pain and soreness White and watery sputum
Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.
In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Damp-Cold will tend to exhibit deep (Chen), slippery (Hua), slow (Chi) or soggy (Ru) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Damp-Cold might experience symptoms like fever, face pimple, facial plaque and eczema (full list here above).
Source date: 1481 AD
Number of ingredients: 9 herbs
Key actions: Promotes urination. Warms the Yang. Strengthens the Spleen. Drains Dampness. Promotes the movement of Qi. Harmonizes the Stomach.
Wei Ling Tang is a 9-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Water Plantain (Ze Xie) and Black Atractylodes Rhizomes (Cang Zhu) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1481 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that expel Dampness.
Avoid cold or raw foods which can hurt the Spleen and Stomach further and worsen Damp Cold.