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Phlegm-Fluids in the chest and hypochondrium is a pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine.
Chinese Medicine views the human body as a complex system that tends toward harmony. A pattern of disharmony is a disorder that prevents that harmony from occurring.
Patterns give rise to symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated from a Western standpoint but that actually make a lot of sense when one understands Chinese Medicine theory. For instance here Phlegm-Fluids in the chest and hypochondrium gives rise to such diverse symptoms as cough with pain in the chest and hypochondria, hard focal distention in the epigastrium, dry heaves and shortness of breath (as well as two others).
To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Phlegm-Fluids in the chest and hypochondrium patients tend to exhibit deep (Chen) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with thin white coating.
Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Phlegm-Fluids in the chest and hypochondrium is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as pericardial and pleural effusions, pneumonia, cirrhosis with ascites or nephritis.
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 chest and hypochondrium, 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.
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: Thin white coating
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 chest and hypochondrium will tend to exhibit deep (Chen) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with thin white coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Phlegm-Fluids in the chest and hypochondrium might experience symptoms like cough with pain in the chest and hypochondria, hard focal distention in the epigastrium, dry heaves and shortness of breath (full list here above).
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Purges and drives out Phlegm-Fluids.
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 chest and hypochondrium, Shi Zao Tang is also used to treat Phlegm-Fluids in the hypochondrium.