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 - Functional Grouping Relationships:

  • 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.

There are (9) herbs grouped as Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold:

TCM HerbClinical Functions
Bai Fu Zi
    • 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.
Bai Jie Zi
    • 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
    • Redirects lung qi down, expels phlegm - cough with copious sputum (but difficult to expectorate) and gurgling in throat, wheezing.
Ban Xia
    • 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.
Jie Geng
    • Opens up and disseminates lung qi, expels phlegm - cough (wind-heat/cold), benefits the throat (sore, loss of voice).
    • Promotes discharge of pus.
    • Guides other herbs to the upper body.
Tian Nan Xing
    • 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).
Xuan Fu Hua
    • 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
    • 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.
Zao Jiao Ci
    • 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.