Wind-Heat invading the Lungs

At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 风热犯肺      Pinyin name: Fēng Rè Fàn Fèi

Pattern nature: Full

Causes

Precursor patterns: Wind-Heat

Common causes: External Wind and Heat

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fever Thirst Coughing Sneezing Headaches and seven other symptoms

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

Tongue description: Slightly red on the sides or on the front

Treatment

Treatment principle: Release the Exterior, clear Heat, stimulate the descending and diffusing of Lung Qi.

Common formulas: Yin Qiao San

Pathology

It is very similar to the pattern of Wind-Cold invading the Lungs, but this Wind is rather associated with Heat instead of Cold. Therefore, patients are more likely to have fever. 

Like the Wind-Cold invasion pattern, patients have symptoms like aversion to cold, because the body's Defensive Qi circulation is blocked and fails to warm the muscles. 

The patients may also experience thirst as Body Fluids is dried up by exterior Heat. 

The tongue coating is usually white, despite that Heat pattern normally causes yellow coating. It might be due to the external Heat has not yet turn the coating yellow. 

Causes

Precursor patterns: Wind-Heat invading the Lungs can derive from Wind-Heat

External Wind and Heat: This pattern is mainly due to the windy and hot environment. It can also be caused by some artificial Wind Heat such as a busy kitchen.

Diagnosing Wind-Heat invading the Lungs

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

Tongue description: Slightly red on the sides or on the front

Main symptoms: Fever Thirst Coughing Sneezing Headaches Runny nose Body aches Sore throat Blocked nose Swollen tonsils Aversion to cold Coughing of copious thick yellow sputum

Diagnosis commentary: Key characteristic symptoms of this pattern are the aversion to cold, sore throat, fever and Floating-Rapid pulse.

Treating Wind-Heat invading the Lungs

Treatment principle

Release the Exterior, clear Heat, stimulate the descending and diffusing of Lung Qi.

Herbal formulas used to treat Wind-Heat invading the Lungs

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

Read more about Yin Qiao San

Diet recommendations

Keep a simple menu, such as rice and black or mung beans until recovered. Fasting on fruit or
vegetable juices or soups. 

Avoid being exposed to windy and hot environment. Try cupping over the upper back, breathing exercises. 

Consequence patterns

Lung Heat

If the Wind Heat penetrates the Defense Qi and reaches the interior Organs, the Heat occurs and settles down in the Lungs. 

Phlegm Heat in the Lungs

If the Wind Heat is removed to some degree but not completely expelled, some Heat may become residual and cause Phlegm Heat in the Lungs. 

Damp Phlegm in the Lungs

If the Wind Heat is removed to some degree but not completely expelled, some Heat may become residual and cause Phlegm in the Lungs.