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Superficial edema in the extremities 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 superficial edema in the extremities 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 superficial edema in the extremities is often associated with generalized body pain, irritability and feeling of heaviness in the pattern “Phlegm-Fluids in the limbs”.
Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of superficial edema in the extremities we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Da Qing Long Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.
In Chinese Medicine superficial edema in the extremities is a symptom for the pattern "Phlegm-Fluids in the limbs". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.
Pulse type(s): Tight (Jin), Wiry (Xian)
Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Thick white coating
Tongue shape: Swollen
This is when Body Fluids stagnate in the four limbs instead of flowing in the body and getting released as sweat.
Phlegm-Fluids in the limbs is often treated with Da Qing Long Tang, a herbal formula made of 7 herbs (including Ephedra - Ma Huang - as a key herb). Da Qing Long Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear wind-cold", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Promotes sweating".
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 7 herbs
Key actions: Promotes sweating. Releases the Exterior. Clears Interior Heat.
Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Phlegm-Fluids in the limbs' of which superficial edema in the extremities is a symptom.
Its main actions are: Releases the surface through sweating. Promotes the circulation of Lung Qi and stop wheezing. Promotes urination.