Rebellious Lung Qi

At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 肺气上逆      Pinyin name: Fèi Qì Shàng Nì

Pattern nature: Full

Pattern hierarchy: Specific pattern under Rebellious Qi


Precursor patterns: Rebellious Liver Qi Rebellious Stomach Qi

Common causes: 1. External Evils, 2. Emotional stress



Treatment principle: Descend the rebellious Lung Qi, invigorate the Lung, Stomach and Liver Qi.

Common formulas: Su Zi Jiang Qi Tang


The rebellious Lung Qi goes upwards instead of descending, thus the typical symptoms of coughing, asthma, chest oppression and distension. 

When the pattern is caused by rebellions Liver Qi, typical symptoms are headache, dizziness and faint. 

Rebellious Qi from the Stomach can also lead to this pattern. In this case, there are additional manifestations such as vomiting and nausea. 

Sometimes Blood can be driven upwards by the Rebellions Qi and cause vomiting of blood. 


Precursor patterns: Rebellious Lung Qi can derive from Rebellious Liver Qi Rebellious Stomach Qi

External Evils: It is mainly the cause of Rebellions Qi of the Lungs. Due to external Evils (Wind, Cold, Heat, Dryness etc) invading the Lung, the normal descending of Lung Qi is disturbed, hence the symptoms of coughing or asthma. External Evils can also hurt the Stomach and cause Stomach Qi Rebellions.  

Emotional stress: When the emotional stresses, especially anger, frustration, worry and resentment, occur intensively over a short period of time, it can largely disturb the Liver' Qi circulation function. The rebellious Liver Qi then goes upward and stirs the Lung Qi so that it can not  descend properly.

Diagnosing Rebellious Lung Qi

Main symptoms: Asthma Nausea Coughing Vomiting Fainting Dizziness Headaches

Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the coughing and asthma.

Treating Rebellious Lung Qi

Treatment principle

Descend the rebellious Lung Qi, invigorate the Lung, Stomach and Liver Qi. 

Herbal formulas used to treat Rebellious Lung Qi

Su Zi Jiang Qi Tang

Source date: 650 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Directs rebellious Qi downward. Arrests wheezing. Stops coughing. Warms and transforms Phlegm-Cold.

Formula summary

Su Zi Jiang Qi Tang is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 650 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas for a rebellious Qi.

Besides Rebellious Lung Qi, Su Zi Jiang Qi Tang is also used to treat Rebellious Qi or Kidneys failing to receive Qi.

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