Nodules according to Chinese Medicine

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Nodules 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 nodules 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 nodules is often associated with chest pressure, nausea and dizziness in the pattern “Phlegm”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of nodules we’ve identified two herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the five medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat nodules.

Phlegm, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause nodules

In Chinese Medicine nodules is a symptom for the pattern "Phlegm". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Crow-Dipper Rhizomes (Ban Xia) is the king ingredient for Er Chen Tang, a formula used for Phlegm

Phlegm

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

Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Thick coating

Tongue shape: Swollen

The concept of Phlegm is much wider and important in Chinese Medicine than in the West. Broadly speaking, Phlegm is a substance produced when the body fails to handle Body Fluids properly.

In addition to nodules, other symptoms associated with Phlegm include chest pressure, nausea and dizziness.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Phlegm is associated with health issues such as Low Breast Milk Supply, Late Menstruation or Scanty Menstruation.

Phlegm is often treated with Er Chen Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Crow-Dipper Rhizomes - Ban Xia - as a key herb). Er Chen Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that dry dampness and transform phlegm", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Dries Damp and dispels Phlegm".

Read more about Phlegm here

Two herbal formulas that might help with nodules

Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang

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).

Why might Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang help with nodules?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Phlegm' of which nodules is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Phlegm include chest pressure, nausea and dizziness.

Read more about Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang here

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.

Why might Wu Ling San help with nodules?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Phlegm' of which nodules is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Phlegm include chest pressure, nausea and dizziness.

Read more about Wu Ling San here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat nodules

Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with nodules?

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat nodules as a symptom, like Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang or Wu Ling San for instance.

Poria-Cocos Mushrooms is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and drains Dampness. Tonic to the Spleen/Stomach. Assists the Heart and calms the Spirit.

Read more about Poria-Cocos Mushrooms here

Why might Crow-Dipper Rhizome (Ban Xia) help with nodules?

Because Crow-Dipper Rhizome is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat nodules as a symptom, like Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang or Er Chen Tang for instance.

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 Fresh Ginger (Sheng Jiang) help with nodules?

Because Fresh Ginger is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat nodules as a symptom, like Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang or Er Chen Tang for instance.

Fresh Ginger is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Cold. Warms and circulates Qi in the Middle Burner. Calms a restless fetus and treats morning sickness. Treats seafood poisoning.

Read more about Fresh Ginger here

Why might Jujube Date (Da Zao) help with nodules?

Because Jujube Date is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat nodules as a symptom, like Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang or Wen Dan Tang for instance.

Jujube Dates is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen and Stomach Qi. Tonifies the Blood. Calms the Shen (spirit). Moderates the actions of other herbs in formula.

Read more about Jujube Dates here

Why might Atractylodes Rhizome (Bai Zhu) help with nodules?

Because Atractylodes Rhizome is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat nodules as a symptom, like Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Tang or Liu Jun Zi Tang for instance.

Atractylodes Rhizomes is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen Qi. Fortifies the Spleen Yang and dispels Damp through urination. Tonifies Qi and stops sweating. Calms restless fetus when due to Deficiency of Spleen Qi.

Read more about Atractylodes Rhizomes here

Other symptoms often associated with nodules

Chest pressure Nausea Dizziness Feeling of heaviness Numbness in the limbs Lumps