Fear of wind according to Chinese Medicine

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 five 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

Five herbal formulas that might help with fear of wind

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.

Read more about Yin Qiao San here

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.

Read more about Sang Ju Yin here

Cong Chi Tang

Source date: 3rd Centry

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Unblocks the Yang Qi (Defensive Qi) in the Exterior . Induces sweating .

Why might Cong Chi Tang 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.

Read more about Cong Chi Tang here

Huo Ren Cong Shi Tang

Source date: 1108 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Unblocks the Yang Qi (Defensive Qi) in the Exterior . Induces sweating .

Why might Huo Ren Cong Shi Tang 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.

Read more about Huo Ren Cong Shi Tang here

Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang

Source date: 1773 AD

Number of ingredients: 12 herbs

Key actions: Dispels Wind. Clears toxic-Heat. Disperses Stagnation.

Why might Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang 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.

Read more about Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang here

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

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 Heart, the Lung, the Spleen and the Stomach.

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.

Read more about Liquorice here

Why might Japanese Catnip (Jing Jie) help with fear of wind?

Because Japanese Catnip is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat fear of wind as a symptom, like Jing Jie Lian Qiao Tang or Xiao Feng San for instance.

Japanese Catnip is a Neutral herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Liver and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Cold or Heat depending on the other herbs used. Releases the Exterior for measles. Stops bleeding. Abates swellings.

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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

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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 Greater Burdock Fruit (Niu Bang Zi) help with fear of wind?

Because Greater Burdock Fruit is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat fear of wind as a symptom, like Zhu Ye Cheng Liu Tang or Xiao Feng San for instance.

Greater Burdock Fruits is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Lung and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Relieves the Exterior and disperses Heat. Allows the release of toxicity from the surface and clears Heat. Reduces swelling and clears pathogenic Heat. Lubricates the Intestines. Relieves sore throat.

Read more about Greater Burdock Fruits here