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Chinese name: 风痰
Pinyin name: Fēng Tán
According to the five elements theory, when the Spleen earth is Deficient, the Liver wood becomes dominant. Its Qi ascends as Wind, carrying the Phlegm along the course of the Lesser Yang Gallbladder and Triple Burner Channels to the head. Veiling the clear Yang and disturbing the sensory orifices, it manifests as dizziness, vertigo, or headache. A distinctive feature of these head symptoms is that the head feels heavy and clouded.
The stifling sensation in the chest and the nausea or vomiting are manifestations of Phlegm obstructing the mechanisms of Qi in the chest and epigastrium. The copious sputum, white, greasy tongue coating, and wiry, slippery pulse all reflect the presence of Phlegm, Wind, and Stagnation.
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 Wind-Phlegm, 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.
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Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)
Tongue coating: Sticky coating
Tongue shape: Deviated, Swollen
Possible symptoms: Aphasia Dizziness Headaches Copious sputum Nausea or vomiting Coughing of phlegm Dizziness or vertigo Numbness in the limbs Rattling sound in the throat Stifling sensation in the chest Feeling of oppression of the chest
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 Wind-Phlegm will tend to exhibit wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with sticky coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Wind-Phlegm might experience symptoms like dizziness, nausea or vomiting, aphasia and coughing of phlegm (full list here above).
Source date: 1732 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Dries and dissolves Phlegm. Strengthens the Spleen. Smoothes the Liver and calms Liver Wind (antispasmodic).
Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Crow-Dipper Rhizomes (Ban Xia) and Gastrodia Rhizomes (Tian Ma) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1732 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that transform Phlegm and extinguish Wind.
Besides Wind-Phlegm, Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang is also used to treat Phlegm.
Since Wind-Phlegm is often due to an overindulgence in rich foods, it stands to reason that one should change their diet towards light foods.