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Phlegm in the Uterus 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 Uterus gives rise to such diverse symptoms as menstruation decreases gratually, overweight, vagina discharge and feeling of heaviness (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 in the Uterus patients tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a normal (light red) tongue.
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 Uterus is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as absence of menstruation.
The Uterus is a so-called "Extraordinary" Organ. Learn more about the Uterus in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua)
Tongue color: Normal (light red)
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 in the Uterus will tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a normal (light red) tongue.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Phlegm in the Uterus might experience symptoms like menstruation decreases gratually, overweight, vagina discharge and feeling of heaviness (full list here above).
Source date: 1247
Number of ingredients: 10 herbs
Key actions: Tonifies Qi of the Spleen and Stomach (Middle Burner). Raises the Yang. Detoxifies. Lifts what has sunken.
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1247, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Qi.
Source date: 1675 AD
Number of ingredients: 9 herbs
Key actions: Tonifies Spleen and Stomach Qi. Removes Dampness. Moves Qi. Alleviates pain.
Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang is a 9-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1675 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dispel Phlegm.
Source date: 1817 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Resolves Dampness and Phlegm.
Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Coco-Grass Rhizomes (Xiang Fu) and Black Atractylodes Rhizomes (Cang Zhu) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1817 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dry Dampness and transform Phlegm.
Besides Phlegm in the Uterus, Cang Fu Dao Tan Wan is also used to treat Phlegm.
Typical symptoms for absence of menstruation caused by Phlegm in the Uterus: Nausea Oedema Fatigue Overweight Lack strength Chest fullness Vagina discharge Sore and weak limbs Feeling of heaviness Menstruation decreases gratually
Spleen Qi Deficiency is normally the fundamental cause of Phlegm. It is because the Spleen rules the transformation and transportation of Body Fluids. A dysfunction of the Spleen leads to an accumulation of these fluids and eventually Phlegm appears. It obstructs the Lower Burner and the Uterus so that Blood can not flow freely. Thus the secondary amenorrhoea develops.