Wind-Heat invading the Lungs

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 风热犯肺

Pinyin name: Fēng Rè Fàn Fèi

Associated TCM concepts: Wind Heat/Fire evil Lungs

Diagnosis

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

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

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

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. 

Diagnosing Wind-Heat invading the Lungs

The Lungs is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Lungs in Chinese Medicine

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

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

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

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 invading the Lungs 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 invading the Lungs might experience symptoms like slight chills, dark urine, aversion to cold and fever (full list here above).

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 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 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. 

Most important herbs used to treat Wind-Heat invading the Lungs