Fear of wind according to Chinese Medicine

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Fear of wind can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like fear of wind here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here fear of wind is often associated with chills, headaches and blocked nose in the pattern “Wind-Heat”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of fear of wind we’ve identified two herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the five medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat fear of wind.

Wind-Heat, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause fear of wind

In Chinese Medicine fear of wind is a symptom for the pattern "Wind-Heat". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Honeysuckle Flowers (Jin Yin Hua) is the king ingredient for Yin Qiao San, a formula used for Wind-Heat

Wind-Heat

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

In addition to fear of wind, other symptoms associated with Wind-Heat include chills, headaches and blocked nose.

Wind-Heat is often treated with Yin Qiao San, a herbal formula made of 10 herbs (including Honeysuckle Flowers - Jin Yin Hua - as a key herb). Yin Qiao San belongs to the category of "external formulas for external disorders", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Disperses Wind Heat".

Read more about Wind-Heat here

Two herbal formulas that might help with fear of wind

Sang Ju Yin

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Disperses Wind. Stops coughing by invigorating Lung Qi. Clears Heat.

Why might Sang Ju Yin help with fear of wind?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Wind-Heat' of which fear of wind is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Wind-Heat include chills, headaches and blocked nose.

Read more about Sang Ju Yin here

Yin Qiao San

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Disperses Wind Heat. Clears Heat. Resolves Toxicity.

Why might Yin Qiao San help with fear of wind?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Wind-Heat' of which fear of wind is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Wind-Heat include chills, headaches and blocked nose.

Read more about Yin Qiao San here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat fear of wind

Why might Wild Mint (Bo He) help with fear of wind?

Because Wild Mint is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat fear of wind as a symptom, like Sang Ju Yin or Yin Qiao San for instance.

Wild Mint is a Cool herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Liver and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Wind-Heat. Clears Wind-Heat from the head, eyes and throat. Allows the release of toxins from the skin. Moves Stagnant Liver Qi

Read more about Wild Mint here

Why might Platycodon Root (Jie Geng) help with fear of wind?

Because Platycodon Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat fear of wind as a symptom, like Yin Qiao San or Sang Ju Yin for instance.

Platycodon Roots is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Lung.

Its main actions are: Opens the Lungs and smoothes the flow of Lung Qi. Expels Phlegm and pus from the Lungs and throat, can be used for either Wind-Cold or Wind-Heat according to the other herbs in the formula. Directs the actions of other herbs to the Upper Warmer.

Read more about Platycodon Roots here

Why might Forsythia Fruit (Lian Qiao) help with fear of wind?

Because Forsythia Fruit is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat fear of wind as a symptom, like Yin Qiao San or Sang Ju Yin for instance.

Forsythia Fruits is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Heart, the Lung and the Small intestine.

Its main actions are: Expels Heat and toxicity from the Blood. Dispels External Wind-Heat. Reduces lumps, swollen lymph nodes and sores of a Heated nature.

Read more about Forsythia Fruits here

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with fear of wind?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat fear of wind as a symptom, like Sang Ju Yin or Yin Qiao San for instance.

Liquorice is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs.

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Why might Common Reed Rhizome (Lu Gen) help with fear of wind?

Because Common Reed Rhizome is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat fear of wind as a symptom, like Sang Ju Yin or Yin Qiao San for instance.

Common Reed Rhizomes is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Clears Heat and promotes the generation of Fluids. Dispels Lung Heat. Dispels Stomach Heat. Promotes urination and clears Heat in the urinary tract. Calm the minds and stop vomiting.

Read more about Common Reed Rhizomes here