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Chinese name: 肺气上逆 Pinyin name: Fèi Qì Shàng Nì
Pattern nature: Full
Pattern hierarchy: Specific pattern under Rebellious 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.
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 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.
Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the coughing and asthma.
Descend the rebellious Lung Qi, invigorate the Lung, Stomach and Liver Qi.
Source date: 650 AD
Number of ingredients: 8 herbs
Key actions: Directs rebellious Qi downward. Arrests wheezing. Stops coughing. Warms and transforms Phlegm-Cold.
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.