Wind-Damp

Pattern factsheet

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Edema Sweating Urinary difficulty General sensation of heaviness

Pulse type(s): Floating (Fu)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Tongue color: Pale

Wind-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 Wind-Damp gives rise to such diverse symptoms as sweating, general sensation of heaviness, edema and urinary difficulty.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Wind-Damp patients tend to exhibit floating (Fu) pulses as well as a pale 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 Wind-Damp is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as edema, ascites or rheumatic heart disease (as well as three others).

Related conditions

Edema Ascites Rheumatic heart disease Rheumatoid arthritis Acute glomerulonephritis Lumbar disc disease

Diagnosing Wind-Damp

Wind is one of the pathogenic factors in Chinese Medicine. Learn more about Wind in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Floating (Fu)

Tongue coating: Thick white coating

Tongue color: Pale

Possible symptoms: Edema Sweating Urinary difficulty General sensation of heaviness

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 Wind-Damp will tend to exhibit floating (Fu) pulses as well as a pale tongue with thick white coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Wind-Damp might experience symptoms like sweating, general sensation of heaviness, edema and urinary difficulty.

Herbal formulas used to treat Wind-Damp

Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Diuretic, clears Excess fluid and removes edema. Tonifies the Spleen Qi. Calms External Wind.

Formula summary

Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Stephania Roots (Fang Ji) and Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) as principal ingredients. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote urination and leach out Dampness.

Besides Wind-Damp, Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang is also used to treat Oedema.

Read more about Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Wind-Damp