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Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation 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 clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation gives rise to such diverse symptoms as coughing and wheezing with copious sputum, focal distention of the chest, poor appetite and digestive difficulties.
To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation patients tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white 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 clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema or bronchial asthma (as well as two others).
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
The Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua)
Tongue coating: Thick white coating
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 clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation will tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation might experience symptoms like coughing and wheezing with copious sputum, focal distention of the chest, poor appetite and digestive difficulties.
Source date: 1856 AD
Number of ingredients: 3 herbs
Key actions: Directs the Qi downward. Transforms Phlegm. Reduces harbored food.
San Zi Yang Qin Tang is a 3-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with White Mustard Seeds (Bai Jie Zi), Perilla Seeds (Zi Su Zi) and Radish Seeds (Lai Fu Zi) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1856 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that warm and transform Phlegm-Cold.