Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 脾虚肝郁

Pinyin name: Pí Xū Gān Yù

Associated TCM concepts: Dampness Spleen Liver Qi

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea No appetite Loose stools Irritability Sallow complexion and six other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: Thick sticky yellow coating

When the Spleen is deficient and fails in its function of transformation and transportation, Fluids accumulate into Dampness.

Dampness then obstructs the Middle Burner which hampers the proper flow of Qi and results in Liver Qi Stagnation

The relationship is also described in the Five Phases theory, it corresponds to Earth insulting Wood.

Diagnosing Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation

The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen 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 Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation will tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation might experience symptoms like feeling of oppression and fullness of the epigastrium, nausea, no appetite and loose stools (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation

Ping Wei San

Source date: 1051 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Dries Dampness. Improves the Spleen's transportive function. Promotes the movement of Qi. Harmonizes the Stomach.

Formula summary

Ping Wei San is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Black Atractylodes Rhizomes (Cang Zhu) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1051 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that transform Dampness and harmonize Stomach.

Besides Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation, Ping Wei San is also used to treat Cold-Damp invading the Spleen.

Read more about Ping Wei San

Diet recommendations

Eat a light diet, paying particular attention to steer clear from an excessive amount of fried, fatty or greasy food as well as dairy products.

Most important herbs used to treat Obstruction Of The Spleen By Dampness with Liver Qi Stagnation