Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation

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Pattern factsheet

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Thirst Irritability Generalized body pain Severe fever and chills without sweating

Pulse type(s): Tight (Jin), Floating (Fu)

Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation is a pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine views the human body as a complex system that tends toward harmony. A pattern of disharmony is a disorder that prevents that harmony from occurring.

Patterns give rise to symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated from a Western standpoint but that actually make a lot of sense when one understands Chinese Medicine theory. For instance here Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation gives rise to such diverse symptoms as severe fever and chills without sweating, generalized body pain, thirst and irritability.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation patients tend to exhibit tight (Jin) or floating (Fu) pulses.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as conjunctivitis, erysipelas or scarlet fever (as well as twelve others).

Related conditions

Conjunctivitis Erysipelas Scarlet fever Septicemia Upper respiratory tract infections Influenza Lobar pneumonia Bronchial asthma Suppurative keratitis Sinusitis Viral pneumonia Pulmonary gangrene Dermatitis Sebaceous cysts Psoriasis

Diagnosing Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation

The Interior in Chinese Medicine is one of the so-called "Eight Principles". Learn more about Interior in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Tight (Jin) or floating (Fu)

Possible symptoms: Thirst Irritability Generalized body pain Severe fever and chills without sweating

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 Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation will tend to exhibit tight (Jin) or floating (Fu) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation might experience symptoms like severe fever and chills without sweating, generalized body pain, thirst and irritability.

Herbal formulas used to treat Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation

Da Qing Long Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Promotes sweating. Releases the Exterior. Clears Interior Heat.

Formula summary

Da Qing Long Tang is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ephedra (Ma Huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Wind-Cold.

Besides Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation, Da Qing Long Tang is also used to treat Phlegm-Fluids in the limbs.

Read more about Da Qing Long Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation