Phlegm in the Lower Burner

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At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?



Common formulas: Wu Ling San


Phlegm in the Lower Burner 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 in the Lower Burner gives rise to such diverse symptoms as throbbing pulsations just below the umbilicus, vomiting frothy saliva, vertigo and shortness of breath.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Phlegm in the Lower Burner is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as hepatitis, cystitis or migraine (as well as sixteen others).

Diagnosing Phlegm in the Lower Burner

Main symptoms: Vertigo Coughing Shortness of breath Vomiting frothy saliva Throbbing pulsations just below the umbilicus

Treating Phlegm in the Lower Burner

Herbal formulas used to treat Phlegm in the Lower Burner

Wu Ling San

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Promotes urination,. Warms the Yang. Strengthens the Spleen. Promotes Qi transformation function. Drains Dampness. Clears edema.

Formula summary

Wu Ling San is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote urination and leach out Dampness.

Besides Phlegm in the Lower Burner, Wu Ling San is also used to treat Yin Excess or Kidney Yang Deficiency with Water overflowing.

Read more about Wu Ling San

Related conditions

Hepatitis Cystitis Migraine Trigeminal neuralgia Conjunctivitis Pyelonephritis Edema Glomerulonephritis Nephrotic syndrome Hydrocele Motion sickness Menieres disease Gastrectasis Acute enteritis Ascites Congestive heart failure Pericardial and pleural effusions Hydrocephalus Polyhydramnios