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Chinese name: 太阳 中风 Pinyin name: Tài Yáng Zhòng Fēng
Pattern nature: Full
Pulse type(s): Slow (Chi), Floating (Fu)
Treatment principle: Release the Exterior, expel Wind and Cold, restore the diffusing of Lung-Qi, harmonize Nutritive and Defensive Qi.
Common formulas: Gui Zhi Tang
This is one of the four patterns of the Greater Yang stage, the first stage of the Six Stages theory.
As far as symptoms are concerned, the aversion to cold is due to the obstruction of the space between the skin and muscles by Wind: this impairs the circulation of Defensive Qi which cannot fulfill its function of warming the muscles.
The same obstruction in the space between skin and muscles leads to the symptom of mild sweating as the deficient Nutritive Qi fails to hold sweat in place.
The slight fever is not necessarily an actual fever but more the hot feeling of the patient’s skin on palpation, what the Chinese call "heat emission" of the skin.
Lastly the occipital headache and stiff neck are caused by the obstruction of Qi in the Greater Yang channels of Small Intestine and Gallbladder. These channels pass through the neck and head, hence the symptoms.
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 as well as learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms.
Pulse type(s): Slow (Chi) or floating (Fu)
Release the Exterior, expel Wind and Cold, restore the diffusing of Lung-Qi, harmonize Nutritive and Defensive Qi.
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 5 herbs
Key actions: Releases pathogens from the muscle layer. Regulates the Nutritive and Protective Qi.
Gui Zhi Tang is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Wind-Cold.