Phlegm Misting the Heart

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 痰火扰心

Pinyin name: Tán Huǒ Rǎo Xīn

Associated TCM concepts: Phlegm Heart

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Anxiety Epilepsy Depression Irritability Schizophrenia and one other symptoms

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

Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Thick coating

Tongue shape: Swollen

If so called "Non-Substantial Phlegm" invades the Heart's orifices, it will mist the Mind (Shen), which resides in the Heart, and give rise to plenty of psychological symptoms.

In severe cases, patients can develop mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and manic depression or epilepsy. In milder cases it causes mental confusion, irritability or anxiety.

Diagnosing Phlegm Misting the Heart

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

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

Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Thick coating

Tongue shape: Swollen

Possible symptoms: Anxiety Epilepsy Depression Irritability Schizophrenia Mental confusion

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) 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 Misting the Heart might experience symptoms like schizophrenia, depression, epilepsy and anxiety (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Phlegm Misting the Heart

Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan

Source date: 1568 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat and resolves Toxicity. Calms the Mind. Opens up the Orifices.

Formula summary

Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ox Gallstones (Niu Huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1568 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and open sensory orifices.

Besides Phlegm Misting the Heart, Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan is also used to treat Heat invading the Pericardium.

Read more about Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan

Most important herbs used to treat Phlegm Misting the Heart