Note: To get a better understanding on how the different seasons and climatic factors affect children's health it would be helpful to review the material Acute Diseases - The Role of the Five Elements first.



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  • wind-cold symptoms - runny nose with profuse clear discharge, chills, aversion to cold, small fever, body pain, frequent urination, clear and profuse urine


  • wind-heat symptoms - fever, sore throat, thick yellow nasal discharge, yellow urine, small chills



Wind is an external climatic factor. Whenever the wind is sudden or extreme it penetrates the body from the surface and “hides under the skin”. The most common body locations that the wind penetrates are the shoulders, the neck, and the back.


There are two stages of wind invasion. The first stage is called Wind-Cold. If untreated Wind-Cold will eventually transform into Wind-Heat – a condition more difficult to treat. If 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.


Wind invasion causes common cold symptoms. The first stage - Wind-Cold - is characterized with predominantly “cold” symptoms such as intense chills and aversion to cold. As the Defensive energy (Wei Qi) is obstructed by the Wind it cannot circulate and warm the body muscles, thus there is overall body pain. The first organ to be invaded by external wind is the  Lung as the Lung is the uppermost organ in the torso. The Lung opens into the nose therefore runny nose with profuse clear discharge manifests. As one of the places the wind invades is the back where the Urinary Bladder channel runs, the urination becomes more frequent, clear and profuse. Light fever might also be present (although fever is a heat sign) as the body starts fighting the pathogen. (1)


At this level the wind is still hidden under the skin therefore hot and spicy foods are recommended, as they promote sweating and expel the wind from the skin. Hot and spicy foods also enter the Lung and clear mucus conditions. Their hot nature additionally clears the cold signs manifested by Wind-Cold.






Foods that are hot and spicy are ginger, onions, scallion, garlic, all hot peppers, mustard greens, horseradish, cayenne, black pepper, and coriander. (2) As children do not tolerate spicy foods, a gentle spicy-warm herb to use in tea is ginger. Raw honey may be added to make it sweet. Raw honey has antimicrobal properties and is a good, tasty food to use for treating pathogens in children. Sugar should not be used! Sugar is energy stimulant thus gives energy to bacteria and viruses.


A nice smelling hot spice appropriate for children in Wind-Cold stage is cinnamon. It may be added to the ginger-honey tea or sprinkled over baked apple or boiled mashed carrots. Cinnamon is especially appropriate if there is sweating. In such cases besides the cinnamon the child could have couple of dates, which will help nourish the deficient because of the sweating Yin.


A children friendly drink for Wind-Cold stage is Indian chai or Masala chai. It is a mixture of aromatic Indian herbs and spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, fennel seeds, peppercorn, and cloves – all appropriate for expelling wind out of the skin because of their hot-spicy nature. Instead of black tea, which is the base for the Masala chai, chamomile tea may be used – another antiviral and antibacterial remedy. Honey may be added to make it sweet, and some milk for richness.


Very efficient treatment for Wind-Cold (the early stage of common cold) is hydrotherapy. The child may take a ten-minute hot shower, while the adult directs the hot water on the child's shoulders, back, and neck (the hot water should be tolerable!). The heat will accelerate the blood circulation in the area, which will quickly expel the wind. It is important to keep the area warm couple of hours after the shower, even to massage it once in a while, to ensure that the blood keeps flowing uninterruptedly. For the massage sesame oil can be used as it is gentle, yet warming type of oil.


Appropriate acupressure points for gentle massage are Large Intestine 4 (clears discharge from the nose), Lung 7 (stimulates the Lung energy), Gall Bladder 20 and Urinary Bladder 12 (both expel wind). If you want to watch the instructional point location videos for these points you can do so by subscribing to the customized part of this project. To learn more click here.



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The next stage of wind invasion – Wind-Heat – is characterized predominantly with “heat” sings such as sore throat and thirst. The chills are still somewhat present but the fever is heavier. The heat has thickened the discharge from the nose and now it is scanty, thick and yellow. The urine is also yellow and in some cases urinating might be painful. (1)


Pungent foods, herbs and spices will still be used to expel the Wind from the skin but this time they will be with cooling nature to clear the heat signs. Such foods are radish and its leafs, apples, spearmint and peppermint (2)


Appropriate acupressure points for gentle massage are Large Intestine 4 (clears discharge from the nose), San Jiao 5 and Large Intestine 11 (clear wind-heat and reduce fever), Lung 10 (clears heat from the Lung), and Kidney 6 (relieves sore throat).


The heat symptoms become even more intense if the Wind-Heat gets untreated, transforms into toxic heat and attacks the Lung. The sore throat becomes extremely painful, the sputum and the nasal discharge become yellow-green, there may be some bloody pus.


Good foods for Lung Heat are watercress and white fungus. (2) Fresh watercress juice can be made with an electric juicer, but should be combined with some carrot juice before drinking. Certainly the cooling foods listed above may be used.




(1) Maciocia, Giovanni (1989). The Foundations of Chinese Medicine. Nanjing: Harcourt Publishers Limited

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


Note:  These healing methods are compiled from the author's perspective of traditional Chinese medicine and her personal experience as a parent. Nevertheless it is essential that you stay in touch with and consult your  pediatrician at all times! Please read our Disclaimer!


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