Feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes

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Feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes is often associated with difficulty swallowing, stuffiness of chest and diaphragm and irritability in the pattern “Qi-Phlegm”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Qi-Phlegm, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes

In Chinese Medicine feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes is a symptom for the pattern "Qi-Phlegm". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Crow-Dipper Rhizomes (Ban Xia) is the king ingredient for Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang, a formula used for Qi-Phlegm

Qi-Phlegm

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Also often called "plum-stone" or "plum-pit" syndrome, the main characteristic of Qi-Phlegm is a feeling of swelling in the throat and a swallowing difficulty. It typically originates from emotional problems and it appears and disappears according to mood swings.

In addition to feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes, other symptoms associated with Qi-Phlegm include difficulty swallowing, stuffiness of chest and diaphragm and irritability.

Qi-Phlegm is often treated with Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Crow-Dipper Rhizomes - Ban Xia - as a key herb). Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that promote qi movement", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Regulates the flow of Qi, treats esophageal spasm".

Read more about Qi-Phlegm here

A herbal formula that might help with feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes

Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Regulates the flow of Qi, treats esophageal spasm. Clears Phlegm.

Why might Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang help with feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Qi-Phlegm' of which feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Qi-Phlegm include difficulty swallowing, stuffiness of chest and diaphragm and irritability.

Read more about Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang here

The two Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes

Why might Crow-Dipper Rhizome (Ban Xia) help with feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes?

Because it is a key herb in Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Qi-Phlegm' (a pattern with feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes as a symptom)

Crow-Dipper Rhizomes is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Drains Dampness and reduces Phlegm. Reverses the flow of Rebellious Qi. Reduces hardenings and relieves distention.

Read more about Crow-Dipper Rhizomes here

Why might Houpu Magnolia Bark (Hou Pu) help with feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes?

Because it is a key herb in Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Qi-Phlegm' (a pattern with feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes as a symptom)

Houpu Magnolia Bark is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Moves Rebellious Qi downward, dries Dampness and relieves Food Stagnation. Transforms Phlegm and redirects Rebellious Qi of the Lung.

Read more about Houpu Magnolia Bark here

Other symptoms often associated with feeling of a lump in the throat which comes and goes

Difficulty swallowing Stuffiness of chest and diaphragm Irritability Mood swings Depression