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.
The Stomach Channel connects to the face so the Dampness also leads to the symptoms of facial pain, blocked nose and thick nasal discharge. Viewed from a Western medicine standpoint, this pattern is a common cause of chronic sinusitis.
The feeling of heaviness is also caused by Dampness which obstructs the muscles.
The Heat dimension of the pattern causes thirst but the obstruction of the Middle Burner (where the Stomach is located) by Dampness makes the patient reluctant to drink. This is a somewhat counter-intuitive symptom but one commonly reported by patients suffering from this pattern.
The Stomach is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Stomach in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua)
Tongue description: Red with sticky yellow coating
Possible symptoms: Nausea Facial pain Blocked nose Epigastric pain Feeling of heat Epigastrium fullness Feeling of heaviness Thick nasal discharge Dull-yellow complexion Sticky taste in the mouth Thirst without a desire to drink
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-Heat in the Stomach will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Damp-Heat in the Stomach might experience symptoms like epigastric pain, epigastrium fullness, feeling of heaviness and facial pain (full list here above).
Source date: 1862 AD
Number of ingredients: 7 herbs
Key actions: Clears Heat. Transforms Dampness. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Middle Burner.
Lian Po Yin is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Goldthread Rhizomes (Huang Lian) and Houpu Magnolia Bark (Hou Pu) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1862 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and expel dampness.
Favor a diet free of dairy and fried and/or greasy foods. In general since there is Heat, ensure your diet has a higher concentration of cold-natured ingredients.