Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 悬饮

Pinyin name: Xuán Yǐn

Associated TCM concepts: Phlegm Body Fluids

Related conditions: Asthma Pleurisy Pertussis and eighteen other conditions

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Coughing Palpitations Shortness of breath Dizziness or vertigo A feeling of distension of the hypochondrium and one other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Sticky coating

Tongue color: Pale

Tongue shape: Swollen

When Phlegm-Fluids (a type of Phlegm characterized by white, very watery and thin mucus) clogs up the chest and hypochondriac regions, the Qi rebels, producing cough and shortness of breath.

Obstruction of the flow of Qi also produces chest and hypochondriac pain that, in severe cases, may extend to the back.

Related conditions

Chronic gastritis Peptic ulcers Hypertension Gastroptosis Bronchitis Asthma Menieres disease Myocarditis Pertussis Pleurisy Basilar insufficiency Optic nerve atrophy Coronary heart disease Hypotension Cor pulmonare Mitral valve prolapse Pericardial effusion Functional stomach disorders Cataracts Viral conjunctivitis Central serous retinopathy

Diagnosing Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium

Body Fluids (Jin Ye) is one of Chinese Medicine's vital subtances. Learn more about Body Fluids in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Sticky coating

Tongue color: Pale

Tongue shape: Swollen

Possible symptoms: Coughing Palpitations Shortness of breath Dizziness or vertigo A feeling of distension of the hypochondrium Hypochondrial pain that is worse on coughing and breathing

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 Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium will tend to exhibit deep (Chen) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a pale tongue with sticky coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium might experience symptoms like hypochondrial pain that is worse on coughing and breathing, a feeling of distension of the hypochondrium, shortness of breath and coughing (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium

Shi Zao Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Purges and drives out Phlegm-Fluids.

Formula summary

Shi Zao Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Kansui Roots (Gan Sui), Genkwa Flowers (Yan Hua) and Peking Spurge Roots (Jing Da Ji) as principal ingredients. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that drive out excess water.

Besides Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium, Shi Zao Tang is also used to treat Phlegm-Fluids in the chest and hypochondrium.

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Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Warms and transforms Phlegm-Fluids. Strengthens the Spleen. Resolves Dampness.

Formula summary

Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Poria-Cocos Mushrooms (Fu Ling) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that warm and transform water and Dampness.

Besides Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium, Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang is also used to treat Phlegm.

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Most important herbs used to treat Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium