Phlegm-Fluids in the chest and hypochondrium

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At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Vertigo Headaches Dry heaves Shortness of breath Hard focal distention in the epigastrium and one other symptoms

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

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Treatment

Common formulas: Shi Zao Tang

Pathology

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.

Diagnosing Phlegm-Fluids in the chest and hypochondrium

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

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Main symptoms: Vertigo Headaches Dry heaves Shortness of breath Hard focal distention in the epigastrium Cough with pain in the chest and hypochondria

Treating Phlegm-Fluids in the chest and hypochondrium

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

Read more about Shi Zao Tang

Related conditions

Pericardial and pleural effusions Pneumonia Cirrhosis with ascites Nephritis