Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus

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At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Cold limbs Late period Infertility Purple lips Painful period and nine other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), Deep (Chen), Slow (Chi), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Bluish-Purple

Treatment

Common formulas: Wen Jing Tang

Pathology

Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus 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 Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus gives rise to such diverse symptoms as late period, painful period, dark clots in menstrual blood and brown vaginal discharge (as well as ten others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus patients tend to exhibit choppy (Se), deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a bluish-purple tongue.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as infertility, perimenopausal syndrome or leiomyoma (as well as twelve others).

Diagnosing Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Bluish-Purple

Main symptoms: Cold limbs Late period Infertility Purple lips Painful period Feeling of cold Lochia retention Irregular menstruation Cold feeling in vagina Brown vaginal discharge White vaginal discharge Cold in the lower abdomen Dark clots in menstrual blood Abdominal pain after childbirth

Treating Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus

Herbal formulas used to treat Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus

Wen Jing Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 12 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Uterus and vessels. Nourishes Blood. Dispels Cold. Dispels Blood Stagnation.

Formula summary

Wen Jing Tang is a 12-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that invigorate Blood and dispel Blood Stagnation.

Besides Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus, Wen Jing Tang is also used to treat Cold in the Uterus or Qi And Blood Stagnation.

Read more about Wen Jing Tang

Related conditions

Infertility Perimenopausal syndrome Leiomyoma Polycystic ovaries Endometriosis Sciatica Erectile dysfunction Dysfunctional uterine bleeding Uterine hypoplasia Endometrial hyperplasia Habitual miscarriage Threatened abortion Vaginitis Oligospermia Benign prostatic hypertrophy