Damp-Cold Phlegm

Pattern factsheet

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Dizziness Palpitations Focal distention and two other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Damp-Cold Phlegm is a pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine views the human body as a complex system that tends toward harmony. A pattern of disharmony is a disorder that prevents that harmony from occurring.

Patterns give rise to symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated from a Western standpoint but that actually make a lot of sense when one understands Chinese Medicine theory. For instance here Damp-Cold Phlegm gives rise to such diverse symptoms as nausea, vomiting, stifling sensation in the chest and epigastrium and palpitations (as well as three others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Damp-Cold Phlegm patients tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Damp-Cold Phlegm is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers or chronic bronchitis (as well as four others).

Related conditions

Chronic gastritis Peptic ulcers Chronic bronchitis Emphysema Upper respiratory tract infections Menieres disease Goiter

Diagnosing Damp-Cold Phlegm

Body Fluids (Jin Ye) is one of Chinese Medicine's vital subtances. Learn more about Body Fluids in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Possible symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Dizziness Palpitations Focal distention Coughing with copious white sputum Stifling sensation in the chest and epigastrium

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 Phlegm will tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Damp-Cold Phlegm might experience symptoms like nausea, vomiting, stifling sensation in the chest and epigastrium and palpitations (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Damp-Cold Phlegm

Er Chen Tang

Source date: 1148 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Dries Damp and dispels Phlegm. Regulates Qi and harmonizes the Middle Burner (Stomach and Spleen).

Formula summary

Er Chen Tang is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Crow-Dipper Rhizomes (Ban Xia) and Tangerine Peel (Chen Pi) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1148 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dry Dampness and transform Phlegm.

Besides Damp-Cold Phlegm, Er Chen Tang is also used to treat Phlegm or Stomach Deficiency.

Read more about Er Chen Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Damp-Cold Phlegm