Wind-Heat entering the Lungs

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At a glance

Preliminary reading: What is a pattern?

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Slight fever Mild chest pain Dry and scaly skin Cough with foul-smelling sputum

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Treatment

Common formulas: Wei Jing Tang

Pathology

Wind-Heat entering the Lungs 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-Heat entering the Lungs gives rise to such diverse symptoms as cough with foul-smelling sputum, slight fever, mild chest pain and dry and scaly skin.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Wind-Heat entering the Lungs patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow 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-Heat entering the Lungs is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia or pertussis (as well as two others).

Diagnosing Wind-Heat entering the Lungs

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Main symptoms: Slight fever Mild chest pain Dry and scaly skin Cough with foul-smelling sputum

Treating Wind-Heat entering the Lungs

Herbal formulas used to treat Wind-Heat entering the Lungs

Wei Jing Tang

Source date: 627 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Clears heat from the Lungs. Transforms Phlegm. Drives out Blood-Stagnation. Discharges pus.

Formula summary

Wei Jing Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 627 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear internal abscesses and sores.

Besides Wind-Heat entering the Lungs, Wei Jing Tang is also used to treat Qi And Blood Stagnation.

Read more about Wei Jing Tang

Related conditions

Bronchitis Pneumonia Pertussis Bronchiectasis Asthmatic bronchitis