Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 风燥

Pinyin name: Fēng zào


Common symptoms: Sweating Dry skin Dry nose Dry mouth Dry cough and four other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Floating (Fu)

Tongue description: Dry tongue with thin white coating

This pattern is like Wind-Heat but with additional Dryness features. It is because the Heat is so strong that it dries up the Body Fluids. The typical Dryness symptoms are dry skin, nose, mouth, tongue and throat. There will be also dry cough and sore throat. 

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. The pulse is Floating.

The white tongue coating indicates the Pernicious Influence is on the Exterior

Diagnosing Dry-Wind

Wind is one of the pathogenic factors in Chinese Medicine. Learn more about Wind in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or floating (Fu)

Tongue description: Dry tongue with thin white coating

Possible symptoms: Sweating Dry skin Dry nose Dry mouth Dry cough Dry throat Dry tongue Sore throat Aversion to cold

Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.

In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Dry-Wind will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or floating (Fu) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Dry-Wind might experience symptoms like aversion to cold, sweating, dry skin and dry nose (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Dry-Wind

Sang Xing Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Clears and disperses Dryness.

Formula summary

Sang Xing Tang is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Mulberry Leaves (Sang Ye), Cape Jasmine Fruits (Zhi Zi) and Apricot Seeds (Xing Ren) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1798 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Dryness.

Besides Dry-Wind, Sang Xing Tang is also used to treat Dry-Heat or Dry-Fire.

Read more about Sang Xing Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Dry-Wind