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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).
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Damp-Cold Phlegm, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
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Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua)
Tongue coating: Thick white coating
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).
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).
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.