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This pattern is also called 'Cold Phlegm or Mucus Obstructing the Heart Orifices'. It is similar to the pattern of 'Phlegm Fire harassing the Heart' (also called 'Hot Phlegm or Mucus Obstructing the Heart orifices'), but it is a Cold Pattern here.
Children can have this pattern and it is often constitutional. It can be the fundamental cause for symptoms like retardation or speech difficulties.
The Phlegm also prevents the tongue from moving and thus aphasia happens. It is because the Heart opens to the tongue.
Due to the Phlegm obstructing the chest, vomiting and the rattling sound in the throat are also the typical symptoms.
Finally, the swollen tongue with sticky coating and Slippery pulse also shows the existing of Phlegm.
The Heart is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Heart in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua)
Tongue description: Thick sticky slippery white coating, swollen tongue, midline crack until the tip of the tongue
Possible symptoms: Coma Aphasia Vomiting Dull eyes Paralysis Slurred speech Unconsciousness Staring at walls Sudden blackouts Mental confusion Mental depression Incoherent speech Muttering to oneself Rattling sound in the throat Abnormal and foolish behavior Lethargic and withdrawn state
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 Misting the Heart will tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) 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 Misting the Heart might experience symptoms like staring at walls, muttering to oneself, abnormal and foolish behavior and dull eyes (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: 1470 AD
Number of ingredients: 9 herbs
Key actions: Removes Phlegm. Opens the sensory orifices. Tonifies Qi.
Di Tan Tang is a 9-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Arisaema (Tian Nan Xing) and Red Tangerine Peel (Ju Hong) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1470 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dispel Phlegm.
Besides Phlegm Misting the Heart, Di Tan Tang is also used to treat Heart Vessel obstructed.
As for food recommendation, it is better to avoid any dairy, chocolate, alcohol, sodas, wheat, flour products, desserts, greasy and fried foods, caffeinated foods and drinks, cold and iced drinks and foods, raw foods, fruit and vegetable juices, salads. Avoid any processed foods, especially those with additives. Better eat rice, millet and barley, black bean soup with onions and garlic, protein and vegetables.
Take some safe and mild exercise such as walking.
Finally try some professional psychotherapy such as cupping or moxibustion.