Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Poor appetite Digestive difficulties Focal distention of the chest Coughing and wheezing with copious sputum

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

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).

Related conditions

Chronic bronchitis Emphysema Bronchial asthma Pediatric asthma Spasms of the diaphragm

Diagnosing Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation

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

Possible symptoms: Poor appetite Digestive difficulties Focal distention of the chest Coughing and wheezing with copious sputum

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.

Herbal formulas used to treat Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation

San Zi Yang Qin Tang

Source date: 1856 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Directs the Qi downward. Transforms Phlegm. Reduces harbored food.

Formula summary

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.

Besides Phlegm clogging the Lungs with Qi Stagnation, San Zi Yang Qin Tang is also used to treat Cold-Phlegm in the Lungs or Cold-Phlegm.

Read more about San Zi Yang Qin Tang

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