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Painful Obstruction with Wind-Cold-Damp 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 Painful Obstruction with Wind-Cold-Damp gives rise to such diverse symptoms as swollen and painful joints that are warm to the touch and worsen at night, reduced range of motion in the affected joints, chills without sweating and weight loss (as well as four others).
To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Painful Obstruction with Wind-Cold-Damp patients tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with thick 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 Painful Obstruction with Wind-Cold-Damp is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue disorders or gouty arthritis (as well as six others).
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Painful Obstruction with Wind-Cold-Damp, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
'Cold' as a body pattern in Chinese Medicine is one of the so-called "Eight Principles". Learn more about Cold pattern in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian)
Tongue coating: Thick white coating
Possible symptoms: Nausea Headaches Dizziness Weight loss Shortness of breath Chills without sweating Reduced range of motion in the affected joints Swollen and painful joints that are warm to the touch and worsen at night
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 Painful Obstruction with Wind-Cold-Damp will tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with thick white coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Painful Obstruction with Wind-Cold-Damp might experience symptoms like swollen and painful joints that are warm to the touch and worsen at night, reduced range of motion in the affected joints, chills without sweating and weight loss (full list here above).
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 9 herbs
Key actions: Clears Heat and inflammations. Unblocks the flow of Yang Qi and promotes movement (in areas with painful obstruction). Clears Wind and Damp. Relieves pain.
Gui Zhi Shao Yao Zhi Mu Tang is a 9-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Cinnamon Twigs (Gui Zhi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dispel Wind-Damp.
Besides Painful Obstruction with Wind-Cold-Damp, Gui Zhi Shao Yao Zhi Mu Tang is also used to treat Phlegm in the Joints.