Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat

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At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Labored breathing Coughing and wheezing with copious thick and yellow sputum

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Treatment

Common formulas: Ding Chuan Tang

Pathology

Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat 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 Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat gives rise to such diverse symptoms as labored breathing and coughing and wheezing with copious thick and yellow sputum.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with yellow coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as chronic bronchitis, asthma or bronchiolitis.

Diagnosing Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Main symptoms: Labored breathing Coughing and wheezing with copious thick and yellow sputum

Treating Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat

Herbal formulas used to treat Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat

Ding Chuan Tang

Source date: 1550 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Clears Lung Heat. Expectorant for asthma.

Formula summary

Ding Chuan Tang is a 9-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1550 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas for a rebellious Qi.

Besides Wind-Cold invading the Interior with Phelgm-Heat, Ding Chuan Tang is also used to treat Phlegm-Heat.

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