In Chinese medicine, Wind is one of the most virulent external causes of disease.
It takes many forms. At one end of the spectrum, air passes gently through leaves. At the other end, you get the destructive force of a hurricane.
In the same way, in Chinese medicine Wind symptoms take many forms, from mild to very serious.
One thing is common to them all: movement.
For example, you may find yourself moving involuntarily, as in
It also arises in the body from other sources.
Although it is tempting to regard Wind as being purely external, if we say that an individual has had an invasion of Wind, it is the individual’s reaction to the invader that we are describing, not that we would be expecting a windy day to have been the trigger. This it might or might not have been.
In other words, whether or not the patient had been exposed to the wind as it blows the leaves on trees, or modern equivalents of wind like
he would be described as having a Wind invasion if his symptoms included enough of the following:
Please note that there is also a condition called ‘internal wind’ which arises from what is called internal deficiency.
Although there are some similarities to external wind, internal wind arises not from one of the external causes of disease but from an internal deficiency, such as deficient Blood, or Yin Deficiency.
However, it can be triggered by exposure to one of the external causes of disease.
Internal Wind can be harder to treat and to cure. Though occurring at all ages, it is more common as you grow older.
For example the slight tremor that many older people have, especially if they are nervous, is an example of Internal Wind.
Read about one example at Liver Wind.
Your body expends a fair amount of energy combating the Wind. After the Wind attack, you may be left with this.
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Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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