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Chinese Symptomology Signs & symptoms of liver depression qi stagnation include:Chest oppression ~Rib-side distention and pain ~A bowstring pulse ~Signs & symptoms of phlegm include:A feeling of a ball of phlegm stuck in the back of the throat which can neither be spit up or swallowed down ~Slimy tongue fur ~Possible cough with profuse phlegm ~Possible vomiting ~A slippery pulse Western Symptomology 1) Psychiatric and neurological disorders marked by an abnormal sensation in the throat, such as globus hystericus, neurogenic vomiting, hysteria, epilepsy, depression, peri- and menopausal syndrome, and Parkinsonís disease. 2) Disorders of the throat and surrounding tissue, including laryngitis, tonsillitis, edema of the vocal cords, goiter, hyperthyroidism, and cervical spine syndrome. 3) Digestive tract disorders, including esophageal stricture, esophageal spasm, gastritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. 4) Respiratory disorders, including bronchitis and emphysema. Actions Moves the qi and disperses glomus, downbears counterflow and transforms phlegm Pattern Phlegm and qi depression and binding (plum pit qi) Ingredients Ban Xia (Rhizoma Pinelliae) 225 mg ~ Fu Ling (Poria) 187.5 mg ~ Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis) 150 mg ~ Hou Po (Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis) 112.5 mg ~ Zi Su Ye (Folium Perillae) 75 mg Within this formula, Ban Xia and Hou Po transform phlegm and disperse glomus, downbear counterflow and harmonize the stomach. Fu Ling fortifies the spleen and helps transform phlegm by draining dampness. Zi Su Ye helps rectify the qi and disperse stagnation. It is also said to harmonize the liver and stomach. Sheng Jiang transforms phlegm and dries dampness as well as downbears counterflow and harmonizes the stomach.
This formula comes from Zhang Zhong-jingís late Han dynasty Jin Kui Yao Lue (Essentials from the Golden Cabinet).