Wind invading the Channels joints and muscles

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 行痹

Pinyin name: Xíng Bì

Associated TCM concepts: Wind

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fever Joints pain Aversion to wind

Pulse type(s): Floating (Fu)

Tongue description: Pale tongue with thin white coating

It is a type of the Painful Obstruction Syndrome (Bi Syndrome 痹证). The Chinese name is called Xing Bi or Feng Bi (行痹 / 风痹). 

This patter is similar to Cold invading the channels and joints. Both patterns evolve joints pain and stiffness, but the pain with Cold mostly occurs in one single joint, while the pain related to Wind moves around between the upper and lower limbs. 

The Wind penetrates the Defensive Qi and obstruction the Qi and Blood circulation in Channels. It then settles down in the Joints and causes its pain and swollen. 

The Wind Evil can also combines with Cold Damp and invade the Channels and joints together. 

Diagnosing Wind invading the Channels joints and muscles

Wind is one of the pathogenic factors in Chinese Medicine. Learn more about Wind in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Floating (Fu)

Tongue description: Pale tongue with thin white coating

Possible symptoms: Fever Joints pain Aversion to wind

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 invading the Channels joints and muscles will tend to exhibit floating (Fu) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Wind invading the Channels joints and muscles might experience symptoms like joints pain, aversion to wind and fever.

Herbal formulas used to treat Wind invading the Channels joints and muscles

Da Fang Feng Tang

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 14 herbs

Key actions: Expel Wind Damp. Relieve pain. Tonify the Liver and the Kidneys. Tonify the Blood and Qi.

Formula summary

Da Fang Feng Tang is a 14-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Saposhnikovia Roots (Fang Feng) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1107 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dispel Wind-Damp.

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Most important herbs used to treat Wind invading the Channels joints and muscles