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Preliminary reading: What is a pattern? The concept of Interior The concept of Wind
Chinese name: 内风 Pinyin name: Nèi Fēng
Pattern nature: Full/Empty
Pattern hierarchy: General pattern
Common causes: 1. External Wind and Heat, 2. Diet, 3. Emotional stress, 4. Physical over-exertion, 5. Profuse Blood lose, 6. Unhealthy diet or alcohol abuse
Common symptoms: Coma Tics Tremor Dizziness Paralysis and six other symptoms
Pulse type(s): Fine (Xi), Rapid (Shu), Wiry (Xian)
Treatment principle: Pacifies Interior Wind, subdue Liver Yang, nourish Liver and Kidney Yin, nourish Liver Blood Clear the Liver, drain Fire
Common formulas: Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin Ling Jiao Gou Teng Tang Liu Wei Di Huang Wan and five other formulas
Interior Wind is mostly referred to be the Liver Wind. There are 4 types of Interior Liver Wind due to the original causes:
1. Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Fire
2. Liver Wind agitating Internally due to extreme Heat
3. Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising
4. Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Blood Deficiency
External Wind and Heat: During acute febrile diseases such as measles, encephalitis and meningitis, external Heat can invade and penetrate deeply into the Blood level and stir up the Wind. It is more common among children.
Diet: If excessive Liver Qi rises, it can cause Liver Yang Rising. If not treated for some year, it agitates internal Liver Wind. Eating in a hurry, eating while working or getting angry at meal time can lead to the pattern.
Emotional stress: Emotional problems, such as anger, frustration and resentment, are the most obvious causes for this pattern, especially if these emotions are suppressed over a very long time. Anger drives Rebellious Liver Qi upwards and cause Liver Yang Rising. If not treated for some year, it agitates internal Liver Wind.
Physical over-exertion: Excessive physical exercise mainly harms the Spleen Yang. As a result, the Spleen's foods transforming and transporting function is impaired, thus less Blood can be generated and stored in the Liver. Excessive exercise also injures the sinews. Since the Liver controls, moistens and nourishes sinews, which in long run, can give rise to Liver Blood Deficiency. If not treated for years, it can eventually agitate internal Liver Wind.
Profuse Blood lose: The Liver stores the Blood. Therefore a serious haemorrhage, such as long term heavy periods, can lead to Liver Blood Deficiency. If not treated for many years, it can agitate internal Liver Wind.
Unhealthy diet or alcohol abuse: Heat in the Liver (and subsequent Wind) can arise from excessive intake of alcohol, drugs, caffeinated foods and drinks, hot foods such as lamb and beef and fried and greasy foods.
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): Fine (Xi), rapid (Shu) or wiry (Xian)
Main symptoms: Coma Tics Tremor Dizziness Paralysis Headaches Convulsions Eye deviation Tremor of limbs Mouth deviation Numbness in the limbs
Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the convulsions, devastation of eyes and mouth, dizziness and tremor.
Pacifies Interior Wind, subdue Liver Yang, nourish Liver and Kidney Yin, nourish Liver Blood
Clear the Liver, drain Fire
Source date: 1119 AD
Number of ingredients: 6 herbs
Key actions: Nutritive tonic for the Liver and Kidney Yin Essence (nourishes the parasympathetic nervous system).
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1119 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish Yin and tonify.
Besides Interior Wind, Liu Wei Di Huang Wan is also used to treat Blood Deficiency or Yin Deficiency.
Source date: 846 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Restores and nourishes Blood. Stimulates Blood circulation.
Si Wu Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 846 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Blood.
Besides Interior Wind, Si Wu Tang is also used to treat Blood Deficiency or Blood Stagnation.
Source date: 1350 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Nourishes Kidney and Liver Yin. Improves vision.
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1350 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish Yin and tonify.
Besides Interior Wind, Qi Ju Di Huang Wan is also used to treat Liver Yang Rising or Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency.
Check specific diet and lifestyle suggestions according to the cause of the Interior Wind