Phlegm in Kidneys or Gallbladder

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 在肾或胆之痰

Pinyin name: Zài Shèn Huò Dǎn Zhī Tán

Associated TCM concepts: Phlegm Kidneys Gallbladder

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Gallstones Kidney stones Epigastric pain

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

Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Thick coating

Tongue shape: Swollen

According to Chinese medicine, gallstones or kidney stones are a form of Phlegm. It is the consequence of Phlegm left untreated in respectively the Gallbladder and the Kidneys. Over a long period of time Heat will solidify Phlegm, resulting in the formation of stones.

Diagnosing Phlegm in Kidneys or Gallbladder

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

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Thick coating

Tongue shape: Swollen

Possible symptoms: Gallstones Kidney stones Epigastric pain

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 in Kidneys or Gallbladder will tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with sticky coating, thick coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Phlegm in Kidneys or Gallbladder might experience symptoms like gallstones, kidney stones and epigastric pain.

Herbal formulas used to treat Phlegm in Kidneys or Gallbladder

Da Huang Fu Zi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Interior. Disperses Cold. Unblocks the bowels. Alleviates pain.

Formula summary

Da Huang Fu Zi Tang is a 3-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that warm and purge.

Besides Phlegm in Kidneys or Gallbladder, Da Huang Fu Zi Tang is also used to treat Exterior Cold invading the Interior.

Read more about Da Huang Fu Zi Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Phlegm in Kidneys or Gallbladder