Phlegm-Heat in the Middle Burner

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At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Poor appetite Abdominal fullness Dry heaves or vomiting Borborygmi with diarrhea Epigastric focal distention

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red tip

Treatment

Common formulas: Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang

Pathology

Phlegm-Heat in the Middle Burner 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-Heat in the Middle Burner gives rise to such diverse symptoms as epigastric focal distention, abdominal fullness, dry heaves or vomiting and borborygmi with diarrhea.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Phlegm-Heat in the Middle Burner patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red tip tongue with yellow 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-Heat in the Middle Burner is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as peptic ulcers, hepatitis or chronic cholecystitis (as well as three others).

Diagnosing Phlegm-Heat in the Middle Burner

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red tip

Main symptoms: Poor appetite Abdominal fullness Dry heaves or vomiting Borborygmi with diarrhea Epigastric focal distention

Treating Phlegm-Heat in the Middle Burner

Herbal formulas used to treat Phlegm-Heat in the Middle Burner

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. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that harmonize Stomach-Intestines.

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

Read more about Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang

Related conditions

Peptic ulcers Hepatitis Chronic cholecystitis Gastroesophageal reflux disease Gastritis Colitis