Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory

Lung Meridian Patterns - Disharmony Chart - TCM Theory

You may click on a particular pattern below for more detailed information including tongue and pulse diagnosis, related signs and symptoms and treatment points.

Excess Patterns




Wind-Cold Invasion Fever & chills w/chills predominating, body ache, stuffy nose w/clear runny mucus, sneezing, scratchy throat, lack of sweat, possibly a headache Thin white coat Floating, possibly a little tight
Wind-Heat Invasion Fever & chills w/fever predominating, sore throat, stuffy a/or runny nose w/yellow discharge, headache, slight sweating, no thirst Thin yellow coat or Thin white coat w/slightly red tip and edges Floating, rapid
Damp-Phlegm Obstructing Chronic cough which comes in bouts, profuse white sputum that is easy to expectorate, fullness of the chest, asthma is possible, can be either a chronic or acute condition Thick sticky white coat Slippery or Weak, floating & fine
Phlegm-Heat Obstructing Barking cough, SOB, asthma, chest oppression, yellow/green mucus (main difference from damp-phlegm above) Red, thick sticky yellow coat Slippery, rapid, full

Deficiency Patterns




LU Qi Deficiency Fatigue, SOB, weak voice, spontaneous daytime sweating, catch colds easily/frequently, pale complexion Pale, slightly swollen Empty
LU Yin Deficiency Dry cough possibly w/blood tinged sputum, dry throat a/or mouth, hoarseness, night sweats, mallor flush Red, no coat, probably peeled, horizontal cracks in the LU area possible Thin, rapid or Floating, empty
LU Dryness Not as severe as LU Yin Deficiency, dry cough, dry throat, hoarseness, dry skin Dry Empty, possibly Floating, empty

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