Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Phlegm-Heat Chinese Medicine

As discussed for Damp-Heat, in Phlegm-Heat, the primary aspect is the Phlegm rather than the Heat.  It is Phlegm that is hot rather than the Heat having Phlegm.  In a similar way as we said for Damp-Heat, a better name would be “Hot Phlegm” rather than “Phlegm-Heat”.  This has important implications in treatment as this should be aimed at resolving Phlegm primarily and clearing Heat secondarily.
Interestingly, the Chinese character for Phlegm ( 痰 ) is based on the radical for “disease” and that for “Fire” (twice). This would seem to imply that Phlegm derives from Heat: indeed, in many cases it does but we should remember that Phlegm is also frequently combined with Cold.READ ON