Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat TCM Pattern Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential approaches for lung wind invasion - wind heat.

Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as allergies, asthma, bells palsy, blepharitis, blepharospasm, bronchiectasis, bronchitis, common cold, cough, fever, flu, headache, mumps, neuropathy, pneumonia, rhinitis, sinusitis, tracheobronchitis, trigeminal neuralgia, and/or wheezing (dyspnea).

The above issues are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of issues intermixed from a variety of causal patterns in TCM terms. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

General TCM Diagnostic Signs

Tongue: Thin yellow coat or Thin white coat w/tip and edges being slightly red.
Pulse: Floating, rapid.

Treatment approaches are often akin to unravelling an onion, with the goal of resolving the root factor involved in the constellation of resulting issues. The current and historical array of issues and signs must be taken into consideration as well as the timing of the onset of each individual aspect.

Related Acupuncture Protocols

When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. To guide you towards treatment potentials, lung wind invasion - wind heat is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

Related Acupuncture Points

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific diagnostic patter or condition. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View LI 4 (Union Valley)

        In the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.

        Releases the exterior for wind-cold or wind-heat syndromes Strengthens the wei qi, improves immunity Regulates the sweat glands, for excessive sweating tonify LI 4 then disperse KD 7 and vice versa. Any problem on the face - sense organ…
  • View LI 19 (Grain Bone Hole)

        Directly below the lateral margin of the nostril at the level of GV 26

        Sinus congestion. Nasal polyps, sores. Nosebleed (combination with GV 23 and LI 19)  
  • View LU 3 (Celestial Storehouse)

        3 cun below the axillary fold on the radial side of the biceps brachii tendon.

        Window of the Sky Point, regulates head/body Qi flow - goiters, swellings in the neck. Lung related spirit disharmonies - stress induced asthma, poor memory, fuzzy/muddled thinking, depression, "floating corpse ghost talk", "melancholy cr…
  • View LU 6 (Collection Hole)

        7 cun above LU 9 on the line joining LU 5 and LU 9.

        Xi Cleft Point - for Acute attacks of OPI's, usually wind-heat or wind-dry - cough, wheezing, asthma, sore throat. Dry hacking cough, especially at night. Local point for pain along the meridian, especially at the joints.
  • View LU 7 (Broken Sequence)

        1.5 cun above the wrist crease, superior to the styloid process of the radius (not on the LU 5 - LU 9 line in TCM). Jap…

        Exterior Wind - body aches, chills/fever, runny nose, scratchy throat, sneezing. Internal Wind - bell's palsy, twitching, spasms, lockjaw. As Master Point of the CV, paired with KD 6 of the Yin Qiao Mai - treats genitourinary and gynecol…
  • View LU 8 (Channel Ditch)

        1 cun above LU 9 on the line joining LU 5 & LU 9.

        Not as broad of an effect as LU 7, still useful for expelling wind, tonifying Qi and Yin. Pain in the area of KD 1 - plantar fascitis. Wrist pain - carpal tunnel syndrome. Main treatment point of Kidney Sho pattern (with LU 5 and KD 7) …
  • View LU 10 (Fish Border)

        On the radial aspect of the 1st metacarpal at the midpoint of the bone at the junction of the red and white skin.

        Clear Excess or Deficiency Heat from the LU Channel and Organ. Sore throat w/excess heat. Reckless bleeding from heat.
  • View LU 11 (Lesser Shang)

        .1 cun posterior to the thumb nail on the radial side.

        Extreme sore throat (may bleed point to reduce heat). Revival point especially from wind-stroke.
  • View SI 7 (Branch to the Correct)

        5 cun proximal to the dorsal crease of the wrist on the SI 5 to SI 8 line.

        Local point for pain and/or strength/control issues in the elbow, arm, and fingers.  May be helpful for weakness of all the limbs as well. Stiff neck, headaches, vision issues - blurry, obstructed. Useful with onset of exterior wind-heat…
  • View SI 8 (Small Sea)

        Between the olecranon process of the ulna and the medial epicondyle of the humerus, found with the elbow flexed.

        Elbow problems, swelling, trembling, pain, numbness, weakness - channel issues with excess wind a/or heat. Submandibular region swelling or pain, toothache, gums, cheek, neck, scapula, axilla. Epilepsy  
  • View SI 9 (True Shoulder)

        1 cun above the posterior end of the axillary fold, posterior and inferior to the shoulder joint, found with the arm ad…

        Local point for shoulder and arm pain and/or movement/control issues.  Motor control issues of the hand. Wind-heat invasion - chills and fever from the common cold. Tinnitus, deafness.  
  • View SI 10 (Upper Arm Shu)

        With the arm abducted, directly above SI 9 in a depression inferior to the scapular spine.

        Local point for shoulder and upper arm pain, swelling and/or weakness. Wind-heat, wind-cold - chills and fever.  
  • View SI 18 (Cheek Bone Hole)

        Directly below the outer canthus of the eye in a depression on the lower border of the zygoma.

        Local point for facial disorders, Bell's palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, spasm, twitching of the eyelids, facial muscles, etc.. Upper jaw tootache. Yellowing of the sclera.  
  • View UB 2 (Bamboo Gathering)

        On the medial end of the eyebrow, directly above the inner canthus of the eye (on the supraorbital notch).

        Local point for sinus congestion a/or headache. Red, itchy, watery eyes - allergies. Use in facial massage for headaches with GB 20, ST 8, LI 4, and UB 60. Glaucoma, night blindness, blurry and/or weak vision. Generally, needle towards…
  • View UB 4 (Deviating Turn)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV 24, or .5 cun inside the AHL at the junction of the medial 1/3 and lateral 2/3's distance between…

        Local point for headache and/or nasal issues. Headaches, particularly frontal/sinus, eye pain, vision issues (dimness, blurry). Nasal polyps, nosebleeds, allergies, rhinitis.
  • View UB 5 (Fifth Place)

        .5 cun behind UB 4 or 1 cun above the AHL and 1.5 cun lateral to the AML or 1.5 cun lateral to GV 23.

        Local point for headache and/or eye pain. Epilepsy, yang ascension issues (manic episodes, dizziness, etc.) Sinus congestion, stuffy head.
  • View UB 6 (Light Guard)

        1.5 cun posterior to UB 5 or 2.5 cun above AHL and 1.5 cun lateral to the AML.

        Local point generally for headaches and vision issues - clears heat and wind. Headaches particularly with visual dizziness. Visual issues - blurry vision. Wind-heat conditions when there is no sweating - vomiting, nasal discharge, etc. …
  • View UB 7 (Celestial Connection)

        1.5 cun posterior to UB 6 or 4 cun above the AHL and 1.5 cun lateral to the AML.

        Clear wind and resolve the exterior - important point for sinus congestion, sinusitis, rhinitis, nosebleed, nasal polyps. Loss of sense of smell. Headaches and/or dizziness from wind and congestion. Neck pain and stiffness, throat goite…
  • View UB 11 (Great Shuttle)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV 13, level with T1.

        Wind disorders. Hui-meeting point of the bones, useful with any bone or problem such as osteoporosis, arthritis, inflammation, sensation of heat in the bones, etc. Useful adjunctive point to effect the lungs in cases of infections, colds…

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