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External wind relates to the spring season. It enters the body through the back, the shoulders and the neck. Nevertheless the highly penetrating quality of the wind allows it to enter the body from any surface.


After invading the body the wind hides under the skin, causing common cold like symptoms. The first phase of wind invasion is called "wind-cold" and is characterized with predominantly “cold” symptoms such as intense chills, body pain, runny nose with profuse clear discharge. Fever might be also present.


Antidotes for "wind-cold" symptoms are hot-spicy foods. They promote sweating and expel the wind from the skin. Such foods are ginger, onions, garlic, chilies, coriander, etc. (1) Another very efficient treatment for wind-cold is taking a ten minute hot shower, directing the hot water on the shoulders, neck and back. The heat will accelerate the blood circulation in these areas, which will quickly expel the wind. It is important to keep the back, neck and the shoulders warm couple of hours after the shower, even to massage them once in a while, to ensure that there is good blood circulation.


If untreated the cold symptoms of the "wind-cold" convert into heat symptoms, and the pathology becomes "wind-heat". Symptoms of "wind-heat" are fever, sore throat, thirst, yellow discharge from nose and throat. Some chills might still be present.


A good herb to counteract "wind-heat" is peppermint. Peppermint has cooling nature; therefore it is advised not to take it alone long-term because it may slow down the digestion.


If the "wind-heat" also remains untreated, the wind will transform into "toxic heat", which will penetrate the deeper layers of the body, and eventually reach the internal body organs.



(1) Pitchford, Paul (2002). Healing with Whole Foods. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books


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