Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium

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At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 悬饮      Pinyin name: Xuán Yǐn

Pattern nature: Full

Pattern hierarchy: Specific pattern under Phlegm-Fluids

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Shortness of breath HypochondriaI distension Hypochondrial pain that is worse on coughing and breathing

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

Tongue description: Swollen tongue with sticky coating

Treatment

Treatment principle: Drain Dampness, Phlegm and Fluids

Common formulas: Shi Zao Tang

Pathology

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. 

Diagnosing Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium

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

Tongue description: Swollen tongue with sticky coating

Main symptoms: Shortness of breath HypochondriaI distension Hypochondrial pain that is worse on coughing and breathing

Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the hypochondrial pain and distension that gets worse on coughing and breathing. 

Treating Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium

Treatment principle

Drain Dampness, Phlegm and Fluids

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. 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.

Read more about Shi Zao Tang

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