Wind-Heat

Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 风热

Pinyin name: Fēng Fè

Associated TCM concepts: Wind Heat/Fire evil

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fever Chills Thirst Sneezing Coughing and twelve other symptoms

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

Tongue description: Red tongue with thin white coating

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. 

Diagnosing Wind-Heat

'Heat' as a body pattern in Chinese Medicine is one of the so-called "Eight Principles". Learn more about Heat pattern in Chinese Medicine

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

Tongue description: Red tongue with thin white coating

Possible symptoms: Fever Chills Thirst Sneezing Coughing Sweating Headaches Runny nose Sore throat Fear of wind Blocked nose Itchy throat Yellow mucus Swollen tonsils Aversion to cold Occipital stiffness Occipital headaches

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-Heat will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or floating (Fu) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Wind-Heat might experience symptoms like chills, headaches, fear of wind and blocked nose (full list here above).

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 with Honeysuckle Flowers (Jin Yin Hua) and Forsythia Fruits (Lian Qiao) as principal ingredients. 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 with Mulberry Leaves (Sang Ye) and Chrysanthemum Flowers (Ju Hua) as principal ingredients. 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.

Read more about Sang Ju Yin