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Chinese name: 热痰
Pinyin name: Rè Tán
Phlegm-Heat is a pattern that typically occurs when Dampness or Body Fluids combine with pathogenic Heat. In this case the Heat either invades from the Exterior or is generated by emotional disorders, long-term illness, poor diet or other internal disharmonies.
The Heart is associated with Fire, while the Lungs are the Organ that is most sensitive to temperature (both hot or cold). Thus, these are the two Organs most closely affected by Phlegm-Heat, as can be seen in the symptoms.
Common symptoms include the coughing of thick, yellow, viscous sputum that is difficult to expectorate, a red and flushed face, a yellow tongue coating and a rapid pulse. There may also be dizziness, palpitations, impaired consciousness, epilepsy, or spasms.
Because Heat is the cause of the Phlegm in this pattern, it too must be addressed to resolve the Phlegm.
Body Fluids (Jin Ye) is one of Chinese Medicine's vital subtances. Learn more about Body Fluids in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua)
Tongue coating: Yellow coating
Tongue color: Red
Tongue shape: Swollen
Possible symptoms: Nausea Red face Dry mouth Restlnessness Chest fullness Focal distention Feeling of oppression of the chest Coughing of copious thick yellow sputum Coughing and wheezing with copious thick and yellow 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-Heat will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Phlegm-Heat might experience symptoms like red face, restlnessness, feeling of oppression of the chest and dry mouth (full list here above).
Source date: 1174 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Clears Hot-Phlegm. Clears Gallbladder heat. Regulates Qi. Harmonizes the Stomach.
Wen Dan Tang is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Crow-Dipper Rhizomes (Ban Xia) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1174 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dry Dampness and transform Phlegm.
Source date: 1550 AD
Number of ingredients: 9 herbs
Key actions: Clears Lung Heat. Expectorant for asthma.
Ding Chuan Tang is a 9-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginkgo Nuts (Bai Guo) and Ephedra (Ma Huang) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1550 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas for a rebellious Qi.
Source date: 1584 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Clears Heat. Transforms Phlegm. Directs Rebellious Qi downwards. Stops coughing.
Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Arisaema With Bile (Dan Nan Xing) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1584 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and transform Phlegm.