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Phlegm Heat in the Lungs 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 Heat in the Lungs gives rise to such diverse symptoms as constipation, bitter taste in the mouth, coughing of copious thick yellow sputum and chest pain (as well as six others).
To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Phlegm Heat in the Lungs patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with sticky coating, yellow 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 Heat in the Lungs is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as peptic ulcers, hepatitis or cholecystitis (as well as eleven 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 Heat in the Lungs, 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.
Peptic ulcers Hepatitis Cholecystitis Cerebrovascular disease Bronchitis Upper respiratory tract infections Asthma Insomnia Psychosis Pneumonia Pancreatis Biliary reflux gastritis Biliary ascariasis Pleurisy
The Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua)
Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Yellow coating
Tongue shape: Swollen
Possible symptoms: Clump Phlegm Chest pain Constipation Epigastric pain Clumping in the chest Bitter taste in the mouth Epigastric focal distention Focal distention of the chest Coughing of copious thick yellow 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 Heat in the Lungs will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with sticky coating, yellow coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Phlegm Heat in the Lungs might experience symptoms like constipation, bitter taste in the mouth, coughing of copious thick yellow sputum and chest pain (full list here above).
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 3 herbs
Key actions: Clears Heat. Transforms Phlegm. Expands the chest. Dissipates clumps.
Xiao Xian Xiong Tang is a 3-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Snake Gourds (Gua Lou) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and transform Phlegm.
Besides Phlegm Heat in the Lungs, Xiao Xian Xiong Tang is also used to treat Phlegm in the Lungs.