Severe fever and chills without sweating

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Severe fever and chills without sweating 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 severe fever and chills without sweating 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 severe fever and chills without sweating is often associated with generalized body pain and irritability in the pattern “Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of severe fever and chills without sweating we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Da Qing Long Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause severe fever and chills without sweating

In Chinese Medicine severe fever and chills without sweating is a symptom for the pattern "Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation

Pulse type(s): Tight (Jin), Floating (Fu)

In addition to severe fever and chills without sweating, other symptoms associated with Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation include generalized body pain and irritability.

Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation is often treated with Da Qing Long Tang, a herbal formula made of 7 herbs (including Ephedra - Ma Huang - as a key herb). Da Qing Long Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear wind-cold", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Promotes sweating".

Read more about Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation here

A herbal formula that might help with severe fever and chills without sweating

Da Qing Long Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Promotes sweating. Releases the Exterior. Clears Interior Heat.

Why might Da Qing Long Tang help with severe fever and chills without sweating?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation' of which severe fever and chills without sweating is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Exterior Cold Invading With Interior Heat From Stagnation include generalized body pain and irritability.

Read more about Da Qing Long Tang here

Ephedra might help with severe fever and chills without sweating

Why might Ephedra (Ma Huang) help with severe fever and chills without sweating?

Because it is a key herb in Da Qing Long Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Exterior Cold invading with Interior Heat from Stagnation' (a pattern with severe fever and chills without sweating as a symptom)

Ephedra is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Bladder and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Releases the surface through sweating. Promotes the circulation of Lung Qi and stop wheezing. Promotes urination.

Read more about Ephedra here