Lung Phlegm Heat is a syndrome in Chinese medicine. It describes many kinds of acute chest infection, but older people sometimes get a chronic version of it that becomes acute from time to time. It also arises as a kind of ongoing or chronic condition after too much use of antibiotics. See below for why.
You won’t necessarily have all these symptoms, though having them all when the syndrome is acute is not uncommon.
If you have the chronic sort, then the cough won’t be so strong, you won’t get the same fever and ongoing symptoms like dizziness and weakness will be more marked. Also, it may be hard to cough up the phlegm.
Anything that has previously weakened the Spleen may cause or worsen Lung Phlegm Heat, including:
The aim of Lung Phlegm Heat treatment is to enable your body to clear its Phlegm, to clear its Heat, and to help your Lungs return to being able to descend Qi rather than let it ascend, as in coughing, expectorating, angry outbursts etc.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have their own, time-honoured approaches to this syndrome.
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