Exterior Dry Cold invading the Lungs

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Phlegm Headaches Dry cough Dry throat Stuffy nose and one other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Exterior Dry Cold invading the Lungs 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 Dry Cold invading the Lungs gives rise to such diverse symptoms as headaches, chills without sweating, stuffy nose and dry throat (as well as two others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Exterior Dry Cold invading the Lungs patients tend to exhibit wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with thin white coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Exterior Dry Cold invading the Lungs is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as common cold, bronchitis, emphysema or upper respiratory tract infections.

Related conditions

Common cold Bronchitis Emphysema Upper respiratory tract infections

Diagnosing Exterior Dry Cold invading the Lungs

The Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Possible symptoms: Phlegm Headaches Dry cough Dry throat Stuffy nose 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 Dry Cold invading the Lungs will tend to exhibit wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with thin white coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Exterior Dry Cold invading the Lungs might experience symptoms like headaches, chills without sweating, stuffy nose and dry throat (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Exterior Dry Cold invading the Lungs

Xing Su San

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 11 herbs

Key actions: Clears Dry-Cold. Disseminates the Lung Qi and relieves cough. Transforms thin mucus.

Formula summary

Xing Su San is a 11-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Apricot Seeds (Xing Ren) and Perilla Leaves (Zi Su Ye) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1798 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that disperse Dryness and moisten.

Besides Exterior Dry Cold invading the Lungs, Xing Su San is also used to treat Body Fluids Deficiency or Phlegm.

Read more about Xing Su San

Most important herbs used to treat Exterior Dry Cold invading the Lungs