Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat TCM Pattern Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential approaches for lung dampness - phlegm heat.

Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as asthma, bronchiectasis, bronchitis, cough, emphysema, leukemia, lung cancer, numbness, pneumonia, pneumothorax, pyelonephritis, rhinitis, tonsillitis, tracheobronchitis, trigeminal neuralgia, uroschesis, and/or wheezing (dyspnea).

The above issues are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of issues intermixed from a variety of causal patterns in TCM terms. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

General TCM Diagnostic Signs

Tongue: Red, thick sticky yellow coat.
Pulse: Slippery, rapid, full.

Treatment approaches are often akin to unravelling an onion, with the goal of resolving the root factor involved in the constellation of resulting issues. The current and historical array of issues and signs must be taken into consideration as well as the timing of the onset of each individual aspect.

Related Acupuncture Protocols

When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. To guide you towards treatment potentials, lung dampness - phlegm heat is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

Related Acupuncture Points

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific diagnostic patter or condition. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View KD 26 (Lively Center)

        In the 1st ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 20.

        Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, constricted breathing - useful for phlegm stagnation. Digestive issues, nausea, vomiting - harmonizes stomach. Steaming Bone Disorder.
  • View LU 1 (Central Treasury)

        6 cun lateral to the anterior midline, level with the 1st ICS.

        Lung Front MU Point - useful for all LU Issues, especially of Excess Type - cough, wheezing, asthma. LU disharmonies involving Phlegm/Heat excess arising from the middle warmer - vomiting, difficult ingestion.  
  • View LU 5 (Cubit Marsh)

        At the cubital crease on the radial side of the biceps brachii tendon.

        He Sea Point - useful for counterflow Qi/diarrhea, hot skin conditions, phlegm-heat excess. Acute/Chronic or Exterior/Interior Conditions. Upper body edema, enuresis. Local point for the elbow - tendonitis, tennis elbow. Classically no…
  • View LU 10 (Fish Border)

        On the radial aspect of the 1st metacarpal at the midpoint of the bone at the junction of the red and white skin.

        Clear Excess or Deficiency Heat from the LU Channel and Organ. Sore throat w/excess heat. Reckless bleeding from heat.
  • View UB 8 (Declining Connection)

        1.5 cun posterior to UB 7 or 5.5 cun above the AHL and 1.5 cun lateral to the AML.

        Resolve phlegm and clear wind - nasal congestion, blurry vision, dizziness, tinnitus. Calms the shen - a range of psychological conditions including depression, mania, withdrawal from lack of ability of the shen to rise. Useful for remov…

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