Chinese Medicine: Wind Cold
Treatment: Pungent Warm Herbs to Release the Exterior and cause sweating
In this system, we sweat to expel the pathogenic cold invasion and circulate Qi to restore balance. We use different formulas depending on what the chief symptoms being experienced are.
Enters through the skin
Aversion to cold and shivering, chills
Occipital headache and/or stiff neck
No sweating (or very little)
Low grade fever
Stuffy or runny nose
For this kind of condition, formulas containing cinnamon twig, ginger root, asarum (which is similar to ginger), kudzu root, and licorice are used.
These are the different basic formulas used depending on the leading symptoms involved.
Formula Ma Huang Tang: strong chills, no sweat, wheezing, stiff neck
Formula Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang: fever and chills no sweating, headache & stiff neck,body aches, slight thirst
Formula Xiao Qing Long Tang: fever and chills no sweating, cough, wheezing, copious white sputum, difficult to expect, fullness in chest, body aches, difficulty breathing lying down
Formula Chuan Qiong Cha Tiao (with Green Tea to escort herbs up): headache, nasal congestion
Formula: Ge Gen Tang: fever and chills no sweating, stiff neck and back, cannot move the head
When there is weakness and deficiency in the body resulting in difficulty resolving the pathogen, the guiding formula is:
Formula Gui Zhi Tang: fever and chills not relieved by sweating, sensitivity to wind, stomach qi can be upset resulting in dry heaves.