Theory

Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold - Functional Grouping Relationships


Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold - General Concepts

  • For phlegm-cold or phlegm-dampness patterns.
  • Most of these herbs are quite strong and many are toxic.


Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold - Section Summary

  • For wind stroke and epilepsy where wind-phlegm, vomiting, vertigo, and dizziness are present - two are used together.
    • Ban Xia - acrid and dispersing, most effective in treating damp-phlegm in the spleen and stomach.
    • Tian Nan Xing - acrid and dry, for wind-phlegm or damp-phlegm in the channels.
  • Zao Jiao - warm, effective for dispelling phlegm, strongly opens up the orifices - good for wind stroke and for aiding in the progress of abscesses and other supporative lesions.


The Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold Grouping Has 9 Herbs In Our Database

Bai Fu Zi

  • Typhonium Rhizome
    • Dries dampness, transforms phlegm, expels wind-cold, stops spasms - wind-phlegm affecting the head including wind stroke, facial paralysis, hemiplegia, migraines.
    • Relieves toxicity, dissipates nodules - snake bite, scrofula.
  • Cautions
    • Toxic - Avoid during Pregnancy.

Bai Jie Zi

  • White Mustard Seed
    • Warms the lungs, regulates qi, expels cold-phlegm - cough with copious and thin sputum, chest distention, pain due to accumulation of phlegm-cold, especially for chronic disorders.
    • Dissipates nodules, reduces swelling, alleviates pain (both joint and body), yin type boils.

Bai Qian

  • Cynanchum Rhizome
    • Redirects lung qi down, expels phlegm - cough with copious sputum (but difficult to expectorate) and gurgling in throat, wheezing.

Ban Xia

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  • Pinellia Rhizome
    • Dries dampness, transforms cold-phlegm, descends rebellious qi - cough with copious sputum especially due to dampness of spleen.
    • Harmonizes stomach, stops vomiting due to lingering phlegm-dampness in the stomach.
    • Dissipates nodules, reduces distension - phlegm in chest or neck or anywhere in the body, focal distention in the chest.
  • Cautions

Jie Geng

Tian Nan Xing

  • Arisaema
    • Dries dampness and expels phlegm - cough and distension in the chest, extremely drying.
    • Disperses wind-phlegm in the channels and stops spasms - dizziness, numbness, facial paralysis, spasms in the hands and feet, stroke, seizures, lockjaw.
    • Reduces swelling and alleviates pain (topically).
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Xuan Fu Hua

  • Inula Flower
    • Redirects lung qi downward, expels cold-phlegm - wheezing and copious sputum.
    • Stops vomiting, rebellious qi - from cold due to deficiency of stomach or spleen.

Zao Jiao

  • Chinese Honeylocust Fruit, Gleditsia
    • Dispels phlegm - phlegm nodules, coughing with copious but difficult to expectorate sputum, strongly dispels phlegm.
    • Opens orifices and revives the spirit - sudden loss of consciousness with facial paralysis or seizures due to excessive phlegm.
    • Dissipates clumps and reduces swellings.
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Zao Jiao Ci

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  • Spine of Honeylocust Plant
    • Reduces swellings, discharges pus, invigorates blood, reduces abscesses - for early stages of swollen sores to encourage suppuration or to burst.
    • Expels wind, kills parasites - leprosy and ringworm.
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.
    • Do not use with ulcers that have already burst.



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