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How Wind, Cold And Heat Affect Our Health According To TCM

Wind, Cold and heat can easily affect the weak, especially children and old people. When cold invade the body, it will throw our yin and yang off balance and we will get sick. When we are strong and healthy, and blessed with youth, our bodies can withstand cold conditions. However this may not be true for the very old and young.

For example, children are particularly vulnerable to cold because their organs and immune system are not yet fully developed and are therefore more susceptible to environmental changes. In addition, external factors such as stress or lack of touch can predispose them to frequent bouts of cold-related symptoms. The obvious signs of extreme cold are:

  • Cold hands and feet

  • Lowered temperature

  • Slow circulation of the blood

  • Aches and pains in the body

  • Pale face

  • Inability to sweat

  • Slow pulse

  • Numbness in the toes and fingers


When the whole circulatory system is slowed down our body cells do not receive their required amount of oxygen and blood and so the Chi or energy is blocked. Some of the symptoms may be nausea, indigestion, burping, hiccupping, diarrhea, flu and aches and pains in the whole body and head.


How Wind-Cold Leads to Sicknesses According to TCM

If the condition is aggravated by wind (wind-cold), your child may have a sudden attack of diarrhea with contracting abdominal pains, thin, watery, clear phlegm, lots of body aches, itchy, watery eyes and nose, sneezing, chills and fever, together with cold hands and feet. If you do not treat the condition and the wind is not dispersed from the body, then it can invade the lungs (indicated by a cough or, more seriously, bronchitis or pneumonia) or the stomach which would produce some symptoms as:


  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea or constipation

  • Loss of appetite

  • Fatigue

How Wind-Heat Makes Us Sick According to TCM

When the symptoms are a stuffed nose, possibly a sore throat or an uncomfortable ness around the glands, chills and fever, and thick, yellow phlegm, it is more likely to be a wind-heat condition. To make matters a bit more complicated, a cold condition can reverse itself into a wind heat one as the body fights the pathogen. In this case it is better to see a practitioner who can assist you in making a clearer diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate medication.

Wind cold and wind heat patterns largely correspond to such conditions as flu, colds, upper respiratory tract infection and sometimes tonsillitis and pneumonia too.

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