Wind-Heat

At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 风热      Pinyin name: Fēng Fè

Pattern nature: Full

Pattern hierarchy: General pattern

Causes

Common causes: External pathogenic factor

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fever Sneezing Coughing Sweating Runny nose and five other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Floating (Fu)

Tongue description: Red tongue with thin white coating

Treatment

Treatment principle: Disperse External Wind Heat, clear Internal Heat, relieve Toxicity, relieve cough

Common formulas: Yin Qiao San Sang Ju Yin

Pathology

Within the Four-Levels theory, Wind-Heat is the first level of invasion of External Pathogens, when it still resides in the body's Exterior.

This pattern is similar to Wind-Cold, but the Wind is together with Heat rather than Cold. The common symptoms are aversion to cold, sneezing, coughing, runny nose (with different mucus color), fever, occipital stiffness and ache. The different symptoms are the yellow mucus, thirst, slight sweating, more fever and red tongue tip or sides. The pulse is rather Rapid than Tight.

The Lungs are one of the first Organs to be affected by invasion of Wind-Heat. Its function of dispersing Defensive Qi to the skin and muscles are greatly disturbed, so that both can not be warmed properly. Therefore, patients feel chilly and dislike cold environment

The tongue tip or sides are red, which indicates the Exterior case. The thin white coating appears often at the beginning of the disease, because the Pernicious Evil is on the Exterior. 

Causes

External pathogenic factor: Wind-Heat is caused by a combination of Heat and Wind, two of the so-called "Six Evils".

Diagnosing Wind-Heat

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or floating (Fu)

Tongue description: Red tongue with thin white coating

Main symptoms: Fever Sneezing Coughing Sweating Runny nose Sore throat Yellow mucus Aversion to cold Occipital stiffness Occipital headaches

Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the aversion to cold, sneezing and runny nose with slight yellow mucus.

Treating Wind-Heat

Treatment principle

Disperse External Wind Heat, clear Internal Heat, relieve Toxicity, relieve cough 

Herbal formulas used to treat Wind-Heat

Yin Qiao San

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Disperses Wind Heat. Clears Heat. Resolves Toxicity.

Formula summary

Yin Qiao San is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1798 AD, it belongs to the category of external formulas for External disorders.

Besides Wind-Heat, Yin Qiao San is also used to treat Wind-Heat invading the Lungs or Toxic-Heat.

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Sang Ju Yin

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Disperses Wind. Stops coughing by invigorating Lung Qi. Clears Heat.

Formula summary

Sang Ju Yin is a 8-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1798 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Wind-Heat.

Besides Wind-Heat, Sang Ju Yin is also used to treat Toxic-Heat.

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Consequence patterns

Wind Heat invading the Lungs

External Wind Heat can penetrate the Defense Qi and settle down in the Lungs. 

Lung Heat

If left untreated Wind-Heat can lead to Lung Heat

Stomach Heat

If left untreated Wind-Heat can lead to Stomach Heat

Gallbladder-Heat

If left untreated Wind-Heat can lead to Gallbladder-Heat

Extreme Heat generating Wind

During acute febrile diseases such as measles, encephalitis and meningitis, external Heat can invade and penetrate deeply into the Blood level and stir up the Wind. It is more common among children.