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Chinese name: 溢饮
Pinyin name: Yì Yǐn
Essential Prescriptions from the Golden Cabinet, a classic Chinese Medicine book written almost 2,000 years ago by Zhang Zhongjing (150-219), defines Phlegm-Fluids in the limbs (Yi Yin) as follows: "The Fluids flow [throughout the entire body] and come together in the four limbs. They should issue as sweat, and when they do not, the entire body aches and [feels] heavy."
This is a description of superficial edema with the Fluids constraining Yang Qi in the Interior leading to a sensation of heaviness and aching that is accompanied by generalized irritability and restlessness.
The typical cure for Phlegm-Fluids in the limbs involves the promotion of physiological sweating as it provides a way to get rid of the Fluids.
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Phlegm-Fluids in the limbs, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
Conjunctivitis Erysipelas Scarlet fever Septicemia Upper respiratory tract infections Influenza Lobar pneumonia Bronchial asthma Suppurative keratitis Sinusitis Viral pneumonia Pulmonary gangrene Dermatitis Sebaceous cysts Psoriasis
Body Fluids (Jin Ye) is one of Chinese Medicine's vital subtances. Learn more about Body Fluids in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Tight (Jin) or wiry (Xian)
Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Thick white coating
Tongue shape: Swollen
Possible symptoms: Thirst No thirst Irritability Restlnessness Pain in the muscles Absence of sweating Feeling of heaviness Generalized body pain Alternating fever and chills Superficial edema in the extremities Coughing of copious thin and white sputum
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 limbs will tend to exhibit tight (Jin) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with sticky coating, thick white coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Phlegm-Fluids in the limbs might experience symptoms like feeling of heaviness, pain in the muscles, absence of sweating and no thirst (full list here above).
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 7 herbs
Key actions: Promotes sweating. Releases the Exterior. Clears Interior Heat.
Da Qing Long Tang is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ephedra (Ma Huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Wind-Cold.
Besides Phlegm-Fluids in the limbs, Da Qing Long Tang is also used to treat Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation.