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Zhongyi (Chinese Medicine) has a lot of strange concepts and allegories. On the surface, most of the “6 external pathogenic factors” make a lot of sense and match with our perception of how disease starts, seasonally speaking:

  1. Cold
  2. Damp/Summerdamp
  3. Heat
  4. Dryness
  5. Fire/Summerheat
  6. Wind

The problem isn’t so much that Wind – 风 (Feng1) – seems out of place. We know that major events of epidemics can be brought on by winds sweeping up strange dust and carrying viruses and bacteria along in it. Oddly enough the character 风 means “bugs” on the inside of it, as if the ancients knew about Germ Theory. The problem comes about when we start to describe how this Wind gets into the body and traverses it, and even the dividing line that is crossed between internal and external wind. Internal wind being the more nerve-related condition (although both affect the nerves). At this point you should watch the following video to explain the physics of what is occurring. After that, feel free to read the below descriptions of different types of Internal and External Wind.

External Wind Evils (Xie) – treated with Ba Xie, LI4,  LU7, 10, SJ5, GB20, UB10, DU14, Luozhen, guasha, cupping, moxa, Guizhi and Yinqiao based formulas:
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[accordion-item title=”Wind-Cold”]Typical early winter and late winter condition; separates Ying and Wei (flu like symptoms) and disrupts the yangming-muscular channels. Causes sniffles and laryngitis and rhinitis as well. Not typically fatal except in neonates and the elderly unless it transforms into pneumonia. Sometimes transforms into stranger conditions when patient is weak, such as Bell’s Palsey (see Wind-strike). Can also be A/C.[/accordion-item]
[accordion-item title=”Febrile Wind”]Wind-heat and Wind-dryness coming in spring and fall, respectively. Causing high fevers, scratchy throat or strep throat, bowel and urine changes, headaches, joint ache/aggravates arthritis. If there is phlegm it is sticky and yellow or even red-flecked and difficult to expectorate; it is contra-indicated to take Qing Qi Hua Tan Tang for this type of phlegm. The dominant formula is Yin Qiao San or San Xing Tang, respectively. [/accordion-item]

[accordion-item title=”Creeping (Foggy) Wind”]Can come anytime there is a moisture change and the patient (especially Lung types) are vulnerable if they leave themselves exposed, say with a slightly open window. It can happen at any peri-transformative seasonal area, so just before OR after the season change period of 2 weeks, which means it occurs 10-12 times a year. Most common result is puffy sore throat, mono, mumps, gland problems, stuffy ears that won’t drain, etc… Best treatment is LU10 and moxa and to cup the chest (more so than the back). A/C belongs to this category for the most part.[/accordion-item]

[accordion-item title=”Sunset Wind”]As mentioned mostly occurs at sunset. Mostly also to those who were exercising during the final rays of light and winding down their workout, or swim, and leave open pores. The sunset wind specifically moves from shade/shadow towards brighter areas, giving it the reverse effect expected. This wind is cooler and hence the reason for the problems it causes. It is similar to the winds in the last group.[/accordion-item]

[accordion-item title=”Midnight Wind”]After sunset there is usually a warm-up period. But after this there are two things that can occur. One is the same general cool down effect generating winds – however most people are not exposed to this (just drunks or those working 2nd shift). The other is caused by sudden weather changes. Now, occasionally during the day a front comes through and you ache all the same as anyone arthritic or not. But at night you are asleep and have no warning. When the change comes you can wake up with sore throat, aches, no/low energy and in general almost sick. you must immediately set about restoring the Qi and for this, nothing dominates like picking the right tea and having cupping of the upper back. Massage/Tuina is also highly indicated. Essentially the pressure changes are what limit the fluids to move in the body and this stagnates the Qi. [/accordion-item]


Internal Wind (Nei Feng) – treated with GB34, 42, 20, 21, 25, SJ9, 15, Di Jia, Bai Lao, SI3, Du 20, 15, 9, 2, SP10, Bai Chong Wo, LV8, 3, 14, 13, Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin or Long Dan Xie Gan Wan and cupping of the back and chafing of the meridians.

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[accordion-item title=”Liver Wind”]Starting with the most superficial, here we have neurological blockage all the way until rage, fury, mania, loud tinnitus, and general vertigo or dizziness even twitches. This is excess derived (wood burning into fire) wind that flares upwards from the hypochondriac through the vagal nerve into the hemispheres, and unable to be released even by blood shot eyes and ear ringing. Sometimes it causes migraines or cluster headaches. Sometimes (usually) a type of hypertension and some damage to cardiovasculature.[/accordion-item]
[accordion-item title=”Wind strike”]Here the nerves are inhibited by the movement of wind and cold from the exterior (Wei) into the interior (Nei) causing a blockage of nerve function. It will transform into deficiency/cold and inflammation will appear at locations where energy tries to move, but cannot. But in the end, it is the wind in the nerves that cannot be moved causing the condition and it is similar, in that way to a typical Bi Tong (painful obstruction) such as arthritis.[/accordion-item]
[accordion-item title=”Wind stroke”]When febrile winds or liver winds penetrate the blood and/or ying level they can strike at the deeper nerves and this causes a stroke. Obviously also a blood blot can block off the blood and cause such an intense deficiency that, like deficiency wind, there is an upsurge of wind stroke. However, the damage here is likened not to a constant itching or roving sensation, but more like a microblast or tornado which snaps everything in half and causes near permanent damage. It all depends on how extensive the damage is F1-F5 as to how likely a recovery is. Most strokes are not above F3 and can expect a full recovery. But at F4 you have only a slight chance of recovery, and at F5 near catastrophic loss or even death may be instantaneous. As in the fujita system for tornadoes each level is about twice the strength of the previous level.[/accordion-item]

[accordion-item title=”Phlegm-wind”]Sometimes the flaring of wind is caused by and/or complicated by Phlegm. This is the case of the typical stroke and the more phlegm that proliferates the worse the Fujita score. However, aside from wind strokes there are phlegm winds that are more benign like Parkinson’s and Benign (senile) tremors. These are when plagues and formations/lesions appear on the nerve structure and interrupt the smooth transfer of energy so that it comes in fits and stops.[/accordion-item]

[accordion-item title=”Deficiency Wind”]This type of wind is visualized by the absence of enough fluids in pipes, thereby leaving room for wind to flow. Obviously, what is really happening is that the nerves are receiving warning data from teh cells of the periphery, and sending that signal upwards to the brain. It is interpreted as itching and roving pains, and may even show in skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. When wind erupts in the superficial layers you cannot only seek to treat it at the surface, you must seek to rectify the deficiency of yin or xue (blood). If the deficiency came from Consumption (due to febrile disorders and especially febrile wind) of Qi, yin, xue, or ying, then the condition has to be removed before the itching or skin condition or joint pains will cease. This makes the case for SLE (Lupus) and Sjrogren’s and RA very difficult and seemingly a poor prognosis; what it really means is that an herbal lifestyle is what is truly required beyond “fishing” and “venting” wind out of the channels and nerves.[/accordion-item]


The Wind of Change (yi) are the force that motivates these movements in the nerves and changes in the body. He/she who adapts and adopts to the Changes, in step with them, will not become the victim of Wind and therefore will not become the victim of the other 10,000 diseases it brings. I hope, therefore, you will not consider this mere drivel, and will instead watch my video several times and try to wrap your head around this topic and eliminate wind from your life. Curing myself of chronic bronchitis and of warts on my feet has been inestimably valuable and re-assuring, not only to my physical but also mental health and has benefited my spiritual health as well (through the study and awareness of alchemy). Thank you for your time, and attention,
-Shifu Careaga,,,

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