Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Hiccuping Regurgitation Nausea or vomiting Unremitting belching Hard epigastric focal distention

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm 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 Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm gives rise to such diverse symptoms as unremitting belching, hiccuping, regurgitation and nausea or vomiting.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm patients tend to exhibit empty (Xu) or wiry (Xian) 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 Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as chronic gastritis, peptic ulcers or chronic hepatitis (as well as eight others).

Related conditions

Chronic gastritis Peptic ulcers Chronic hepatitis Gastroptosis Menieres disease Gastrectasis Esophageal spasms Hiccups Incomplete pyloric obstruction Esophageal cancer Gastric cancer

Diagnosing Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm

The Stomach is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Stomach in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Possible symptoms: Hiccuping Regurgitation Nausea or vomiting Unremitting belching Hard epigastric focal distention

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 Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm will tend to exhibit empty (Xu) or wiry (Xian) 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 Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm might experience symptoms like unremitting belching, hiccuping, regurgitation and nausea or vomiting (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm

Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Regulates the downward flow of Stomach Qi. Expectorant, treats hiccups.

Formula summary

Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Inula Flowers (Xuan Fu Hua) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas for a rebellious Qi.

Besides Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm, Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang is also used to treat Rebellious Qi or Phlegm-Fluids In the Stomach and Small intestine.

Read more about Xuan Fu Dai Zhe Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Stomach Qi Deficiency with Phelgm