Phlegm-Fluids In the Stomach and Small intestine

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 痰饮

Pinyin name: Tán Yǐn

Associated TCM concepts: Phlegm Body Fluids Stomach Large Intestine Small Intestine

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Weight loss Loose stools Vomiting of watery fluids Splashing sound in the stomach Feeling of fullness in the chest and two other symptoms

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

Tongue coating: Sticky coating

Tongue shape: Swollen

Phlegm-Fluids is a type of Substantial Phlegm characterized by white, very watery and thin sputum. It can sometimes actually be heard splashing in the body. 

Phlegm-Fluids in Stomach and Intestines simply refers to a pattern whereby Phlegm-Fluids accumulates in those Organs. It often does so when the transportative and transformative functions of the Middle-Burner are damaged, commonly by Cold.

Diagnosing Phlegm-Fluids In the Stomach and Small intestine

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

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Sticky coating

Tongue shape: Swollen

Possible symptoms: Weight loss Loose stools Vomiting of watery fluids Splashing sound in the stomach Feeling of fullness in the chest Abdominal distention and fullness Dry tongue and mouth with desire to drink

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 Stomach and Small intestine will tend to exhibit deep (Chen), slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with sticky coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Phlegm-Fluids In the Stomach and Small intestine might experience symptoms like abdominal distention and fullness, vomiting of watery fluids, dry tongue and mouth with desire to drink and splashing sound in the stomach (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Phlegm-Fluids In the Stomach and Small intestine

Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Regulates the downward flow of Stomach Qi. Expectorant, treats hiccups.

Formula summary

Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Inula Flowers (Xuan Fu Hua) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas for a rebellious Qi.

Besides Phlegm-Fluids In the Stomach and Small intestine, Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang is also used to treat Rebellious Qi or Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm.

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Xiao Chai Hu Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Treats the Lesser Yang Channels (Gallbladder and Triple Warmer). Regulates the Liver and Spleen functions. Addresses combined Yin-Yang symptoms of External and Internal, Excess and Deficiency, and Hot and Cold.

Formula summary

Xiao Chai Hu Tang is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that harmonize lesser Yang-warp disorders.

Besides Phlegm-Fluids In the Stomach and Small intestine, Xiao Chai Hu Tang is also used to treat Lung Qi Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation.

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Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Reverses the flow of Rebellious Stomach Qi. Relieves both Heat and Cold Stagnation in the gastrointestinal tract.

Formula summary

Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Goldthread Rhizomes (Huang Lian) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that harmonize Stomach-Intestines.

Besides Phlegm-Fluids In the Stomach and Small intestine, Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang is also used to treat Phlegm-Heat in the Middle Burner.

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