Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation

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At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?

Diagnosis

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

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

Treatment

Common formulas: Da Qing Long Tang

Pathology

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).

Diagnosing Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation

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

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

Treating Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation

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. 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

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