Lung Dryness

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At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 燥邪犯肺      Pinyin name: Zào Xié Fàn Fèi

Pattern nature: Empty

Causes

Precursor patterns: Stomach Yin Deficiency

Common causes: 1. External dryness, 2. Irregular diet

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Thirst Dry skin Dry cough Dry throat Hoarse voice

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu)

Tongue description: Dry

Treatment

Treatment principle: Moisten the Lungs, nourish Body Fluids.

Common formulas: Bai He Gu Jin Tang

Pathology

Lung Dryness is often accompanied by Body Fluids Deficiency and thus the symptoms of dry throat, dry cough and hoarse voice. 

It is a stage before Lung Yin Deficiency but has not yet developed into this more severe pattern. 

Causes

Precursor patterns: Lung Dryness can derive from Stomach Yin Deficiency

External dryness: Prolonged exposion to exterior dryness is the most common cause for this pattern, such as living in a dry area such as Australian interior or American South West. It can also happen to these patients who work in very dry and hot working environment.

Irregular diet : This pattern can also be a result of unhealthy dining habits such as irregular eating schedule, late meals, worrying about other thing while eating.

Diagnosing Lung Dryness

Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu)

Tongue description: Dry

Main symptoms: Thirst Dry skin Dry cough Dry throat Hoarse voice

Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the dry cough, the dry throat and the hoarse voice.

Treating Lung Dryness

Treatment principle

Moisten the Lungs, nourish Body Fluids.

Herbal formulas used to treat Lung Dryness

Bai He Gu Jin Tang

Source date: 1573 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Lung and Kidney Yin. Lubricates the Lung and clears phlegm.

Formula summary

Bai He Gu Jin Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1573 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that nourish Yin and tonify.

Besides Lung Dryness, Bai He Gu Jin Tang is also used to treat Body Fluids Deficiency or Lung Yin Deficiency.

Read more about Bai He Gu Jin Tang

Consequence patterns

Lung Yin Deficiency

Body Fluids is a Yin element. In case of internal or external Dryness of the Lungs, Body Fluids get dried up and cause Lung Yin Deficiency.