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Turbid Phlegm Headaches & the Chinese Remedies

Headache pattern: headaches with heaviness and dizzy sensations, or numbness all over the head, triggered or aggravated during rainy days.

Accompanied symptoms: fullness in the chest and gastric regions, nausea, excessive phlegm or saliva, no appetite, heavy limbs and fatigue. The tongue is covered by white-greasy coating, and may have teeth marks around the edge, and the pulse is rolling.

Analysis: spleen dysfunction lead to dampness and phlegm generated and accumulated inside the body, especially in the middle burner. When the pathogens obstruct the head orifices and interrupt the ascending of clear yang (pure essence), there will be headache with heavy and dizzy sensations. The pathogens cause obstruction in the upper body, leading to a fullness sensation in the chest and gastric region and no appetite. Disharmonious movement of stomach leads to nausea, and even excessive phlegm and saliva. The tongue coating and the pulse are the manifestations of internal retention of phlegm.

Therapeutic principle: invigorate the spleen, resolve phlegm, relieve pain and restore the movement of qi

Sample prescription: Pinellia, Atractylodes and Gastropdia Decoction

In the prescription, the pinellia tuber, pummelo peel, poria and largehead atractylodes rhizome invigorate the spleen and resolve phlegm, and relieve nausea. The liquorice root, fresh ginger and Chinese dates regulate the spleen and stomach functions. The tall gastrodia tuber calms the liver and dispels wind, and is an important herb for headaches accompanied with dizziness.

Pinellia tuber
Dried tangerine peel

Some modifications can be made according to the specific symptoms.

Severe headache indicate that extra herbs should be added to dispel wind and facilitate the elimination of dampness.

bai ji li caltrop fruit Fructus Tribuli
man jing zi vitex fruit Fructus Viticis
qiang huo notopterygium root Rhizoma seu Radix Notopterygii

Apparent fullness in the chest and gastric regions, nausea, excessive phlegm or saliva, and no appetite indicate that other herbs should be used to enhance the effects of harmonizing the middle burner, and activating qi movement.

cang zhu atractylodes rhizome Rhizoma Atractylodis
hou po magnolia bark Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis
bai dou kou cardamom Fructus Amomi Rotundus

When this type of headache lasts for a long time, the body may generate heat internally, that manifests with distending headaches, irritability, insomnia, yellow greasy tongue coating, rolling and rapid pulse. The remedy should add extra herbs to promote qi flow, clear heat and dry dampness.

huang qin baical skullcap root Radix Scutellariae
zhu ru bamboo shavings Caulis Bambusae in Taeniam
zhi shi immature bitter orange Fructus Aurantii Immaturus