Phlegm Stagnation

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Phlegm Stagnation TCM Pattern Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential approaches for phlegm stagnation.

Content Related to Phlegm Stagnation

Phlegm Stagnation is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as angina, atherosclerosis, chest pain, congestive heart failure, delirium, emphysema, esophageal cancer, forgetfulness, goiter, hyperlipidemia, hypersomnia, hyperthyroidism, nausea, pancreatic cancer, pheochromocytoma, pneumothorax, schizophrenia, stomach cancer, tinnitus, tonsillitis, and/or vomiting.

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: Purple, sticky coat.
Pulse: Slippery, choppy.

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, phlegm stagnation 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 point should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View ST 40 (Beautiful Bulge)

        8 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral to ST 38, two finger widths lateral to the anterior border of the tibia.

        Empirical point to resolve phlegm in the body anywhere from any origin. Phlegm in the head - headaches, dizziness / vertigo, depression, poor concentration, stronger shen disturbances - mania. Phlegm in the body - chest oppression, breat…

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