Theory

Treat Phlegm - TCM Herbal Formula Category


Treat Phlegm - General Formula Concepts

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.





(6) TCM formulas grouped as Treat 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

Er Chen He San Zi Yang Qin Wan

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

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



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