Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus

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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

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).

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

Diagnosing Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus

The Uterus is a so-called "Extraordinary" Organ. Learn more about the Uterus in Chinese Medicine

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 Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus will tend to exhibit choppy (Se), deep (Chen), slow (Chi) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a bluish-purple tongue.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus might experience symptoms like late period, painful period, dark clots in menstrual blood and brown vaginal discharge (full list here above).

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 with Cinnamon Twigs (Gui Zhi) and Evodia Fruits (Wu Zhu Yu) as principal ingredients. 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

Most important herbs used to treat Dampness and Phlegm in the Uterus