Damp-Wind

At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 风湿      Pinyin name: Fēng Shī

Pattern nature: Full

Pattern hierarchy: General pattern

Causes

Common causes: External Wind and Damp

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fever Nausea Sweating Body aches Muscle ache and five other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua), Floating (Fu)

Tongue description: sticky white coating

Treatment

Treatment principle: Release Wind from the Exterior, clear Dampness, tonify the Spleen Qi.

Common formulas: Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang

Pathology

This pattern indicates the early stage of Exterior Wind and Dampness invasion. When there is Dampness obstructing the Connecting channels, it gives rise to swollen glands in the neck. When it obstructs the joints, it leads to pain there. It can also cause muscle ache and feeling of heaviness if the Damp is in the muscles. 

As for the symptoms caused by external Wind, aversion to cold is the most typical one. It is because the Wind invasion impairs the Lung's function of dispersing Defensive Qi between the muscle and skin so that they can not be warmed properly. Apart from that, other symptoms include sneezing, coughing, runny nose, fever, occipital stiffness and headache. The pulse is Floating. 

The Lung is one of the most vulnerable Organs for external Pernicious Influences

Causes

External Wind and Damp: Exposure to windy and wet environment can cause this pattern.

Diagnosing Damp-Wind

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua) or floating (Fu)

Tongue description: sticky white coating

Main symptoms: Fever Nausea Sweating Body aches Muscle ache Swollen joints Aversion to cold Swollen neck glands Occipital stiffness Feeling of heaviness

Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the aversion to cold, Swollen neck gland, and body ache.

Treating Damp-Wind

Treatment principle

Release Wind from the Exterior, clear Dampness, tonify the Spleen Qi. 

Herbal formulas used to treat Damp-Wind

Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang

Source date: 1247 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Expels wind and dampness.

Formula summary

Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1247 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dispel Wind-Damp.

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