Empty-Wind agitating in the Interior

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 虚风内动

Pinyin name: Xū Fēng Nèi Dòng

Associated TCM concepts: The four levels theory Wind Deficiency / Empty Interior

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Weight loss Malar flush Listlessness Low-grade fever Tremor of limbs and one other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Fine (Xi)

Tongue description: Dark-Red tongue without coating

This is one of the five patterns of the Blood level, the fourth and last level of the Four Levels theory. This means this is a very serious pattern where an External Pathogen has penetrated deeply within the body.

Contrary to Heat victorious stirring Wind, another pattern at this level, here the Wind is Empty in nature. It appears because Heat injured the Yin of the Liver and the Kidneys.

The typical manifestations of Interior Wind are involuntary movements or contractions like, here, the twitching of limbs and the tremors.

Diagnosing Empty-Wind agitating in the Interior

'Deficient' as a body pattern in Chinese Medicine is one of the so-called "Eight Principles". Learn more about Deficiency / Empty in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi)

Tongue description: Dark-Red tongue without coating

Possible symptoms: Weight loss Malar flush Listlessness Low-grade fever Tremor of limbs Twitching of limbs

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 Empty-Wind agitating in the Interior will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or fine (Xi) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Empty-Wind agitating in the Interior might experience symptoms like low-grade fever, tremor of limbs, weight loss and malar flush (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Empty-Wind agitating in the Interior

Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang

Source date: 1918 AD

Number of ingredients: 12 herbs

Key actions: Sedates the Liver. Axtinguishes Wind. Nourishes the Yin. Anchors the yang.

Formula summary

Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang is a 12-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Achyranthes Roots (Niu Xi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1918 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that pacify and extinguish Internal Wind.

Read more about Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Empty-Wind agitating in the Interior