Wind-Heat entering the Lungs

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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

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).

Related conditions

Bronchitis Pneumonia Pertussis Bronchiectasis Asthmatic bronchitis

Diagnosing Wind-Heat entering the Lungs

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

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

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Possible symptoms: Slight fever Mild chest pain Dry and scaly skin Cough with foul-smelling 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 entering the Lungs will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Wind-Heat entering the Lungs might experience symptoms like cough with foul-smelling sputum, slight fever, mild chest pain and dry and scaly skin.

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 with Common Reed Rhizomes (Lu Gen) as a principal ingredient. 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 Phlegm in the Lungs or Qi and Blood Stagnation.

Read more about Wei Jing Tang

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