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.

The primary diagnostic signs for lung dampness - phlegm heat involve

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

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "lung dampness - phlegm heat" and other patterns the individual may be presenting with. Issues may arise from other layered patterns and/or from other issues. Treatment approaches are 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.

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, wheezing (dyspnea) among others, often involving layered combinations of issues.

Additionally, any of the above conditions may be involved with other patterns. Hence the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

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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:

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    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:

  • KD 26 (Lively Center)
    In the 1st ICS 2 cun lateral to CV 20.
    Local Point, generally useful for cough, chest tension, con…
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  • LU 1 (Central Treasury)
    6 cun lateral to the anterior midline, level with the 1st I…
    Lung Front MU Point - useful for all LU Issues, especially …
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  • LU 5 (Cubit Marsh)
    At the cubital crease on the radial side of the biceps brac…
    He Sea Point - useful for counterflow Qi/diarrhea, hot skin…
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  • LU 10 (Fish Border)
    On the radial aspect of the 1st metacarpal at the midpoint …
    Clear Excess or Deficiency Heat from the LU Channel and Org…
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  • UB 8 (Declining Connection)
    1.5 cun posterior to UB 7 or 5.5 cun above the AHL and 1.5 …
    Resolve phlegm and clear wind - nasal congestion, blurry vi…
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