Phlegm


What is Phlegm in Chinese medicine?

Phlegm is build-up of Dampness that has been overly heated by the body and then mixed with water.

There are 2 kinds of Phlegm:

  1. Substantial Phlegm - comes out of mouth and nose.
  2. Insubstantial - can form in the body as lumps, nodules, bumps and cysts.

Phlegm analogies.

Phlegm is like having a build-up of dirt that continues to have more dirt added to it until it collects into a mound of dirt. Then, some water is introduced to that mound of dirt and it creates a thick, goopy form of mud. 

Related organ(s)?

Spleen. 

How is Phlegm generated?

When unwanted or needed water enters the body, it combines with proteins and dampness that's lodged in tissues and creates a viscus Phlegm.  

How can Phlegm manifest?

  • As clear Phlegm that you cough up or sneeze out.
  • As yellow Phlegm that you cough up or sneeze out.
  • As brown Phlegm that you cough up or sneeze out.
  • Lumps, nodules, bumps and cysts that may form in the arms, chest, neck, etc. 

How to improve and then prevent Phlegm?

  • Avoid damp producing foods.
  • Avoid spicy food.
  • Alcohol.
  • Remove any substantial Phlegm when you cough it up.
  • Movement helps get rid of dampness Low impact exercise such as Qigong, Taichi, Yoga are excellent to counter Dampness.
  • Go see a Licensed Acupuncturist and/or Herbalist who can help expel it from your body. They can also transform phlegm back into damp, then damp into water.