Treat Phlegm - General Herbal Formula Category Concepts


Treat Phlegm Functional Grouping

The concepts of dampness and phlegm are deeper than our initial associations with excessive mucus. Excess dampness and phlegm inhibits circulation of both physical and emotional/mental movement. Accordingly excesses can lead to a wide array of conditions including clinical depression (phlegm misting the mind), headaches (phlegm obstruction), fibroids (collection of phlegm) among more common conditions such as the common cold. Phlegm may arise from weakness in the transformative actions of the spleen, yin deficiency burning the fluids, cold and wind. Treatment will be determined on the underlying causes and the area(s) effected.

The Treat Phlegm Category Has The Following Subcategories:

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The Treat Phlegm Category Contains (9) TCM formulas In Our Database

Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan

Pinellia, Atractylodis and Gastrodia Combination


  • Nausea with possible vomitting from combination of damp with liver qi stagnation causing rebellious qi.
  • Dizziness, migraines, and vertigo from damp and liver wind rising.
  • Heavy or oppressed sensation of the chest.
  • Transform Phlegm and Extinguish Wind
  • Bi Yan Wan

    Nose Inflammation Tablets


    • For acute or chronic rhinitis resulting from the combination of lung qi deficiency and phlegm accumulation.
    • Runny nose, sneezing, congestion due to phlegm.
    • Can be used to treat for general cold or flu symptoms due to phlegm and wind.
  • Transform Phlegm and Extinguish Wind
  • Ding Chuan Wan

    Calm Wheezing Pills


    • Directs the lung qi downward and clears phlegm heat from the lungs.  Typically used for the condition of wind cold blocking the exterior with internal accumulation of phlegm heat - which may involve symptoms such as the common cold, bronchitis, asthma - with wheezing, cough with thick sticky yellow phlegm that is difficult to get out, rapid shallow breathing, difficulty breathing. 
    • Conditions may be acute or chronic.
  • Clear Heat and Transform Phlegm
  • Er Chen He San Zi Yang Qin Wan

    Two Aged Herbs & Three Seeds Nursing Pills


    • Modified version of er chen wan - formula for clearing phlegm in both acute and chronic cases - seasonal colds and flus with phlegm, chronic wet cough, sinus issues and more physical signs such as dizziness, meniere's with the right causal factors.
  • Dry Dampness and Expel Phlegm
  • Er Chen Wan

    Two Aged Herbs


    • The primary base formula to resolve phlegm damp, particularly in the lungs and GI system - cough (with white mucus), plugged ears, sinus blockage - along with GI symptoms of nausea, vomiting.
    • Upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD - when arising from phlegm damp.
    • Phlegm accumulation in the head symptoms such as dizziness, insomnia, meniere's disease, alcohol hangover.
    • Cysts from phlegm accumulation - fibroids, breast cyst, ovarian cyst, thryoid cysts, goiter. 
  • Dry Dampness and Expel Phlegm
  • Nei Xiao Luo Li Wan

    Internally Reducing Cervical Lymphadenitis Pills


    • Phlegm obstructions - generally benign masses, lumps, swellings such as lymph nodules, breast cysts, thyroid nodules, goiter, ovarian cysts, fibroids, etc.
    • If used, it may often be combined with deeper formulas for the more systemic underlying pattern.
  • Transform Phlegm and Dissipate Nodules
  • Qing Fei Wan

    Clear The Lungs Decoction


    • Clears heat and phlegm and replenishes lung yin - chronic cough, generally with thicker yellow mucus, sore throat.
    • With the right factors aspiration pneumonia, pneumonia, bronchitis, tuberculosis, bronchiectasis.
  • Clear Heat and Transform Phlegm
  • Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan

    Clear the Qi and Transform Phlegm Pill


    • Cough with thick yellow or green phlegm, difficulty breathing, wheezing, and possible fullness of the chest due to damp heat accumulation in the lungs.
  • Clear Heat and Transform Phlegm
  • Wen Dan Wan

    Warm the Gallbladder Formula


    • Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other shen disturbances caused by phlegm misting the mind.
    • Seizures, convulsions or other types of involuntary muscle contractions that are caused by phlegm and heat.
    • Nausea, vomitting, abdominal discomfort resulting from disharmony of the stomach and gallbladder/liver.
    • Vertigo, dizziness or light-headedness.
  • Clear Heat and Transform Phlegm
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