Chinese Medicine

Wind-injury is also called Wind-exposure; it is sometimes also known as the common cold. It is an illness with the main symptoms of headache, nasal mucosal congestion and discharge, sneezing, cold-aversion, fever, and a floating pulse. In general, it lasts 3-7 days. Its course seldom varies. In more severe cases, especially if it spreads widely […]

Cough (Common Internal Medicine Disorders) (Chinese Medicine)

Etiology and Pathology Cough has two principal types of causes, exogenous and endogenous. Exogenous cough is due to attack by an exogenous pathogenic evil on the lung system. Most commonly Wind attacks first and is subsequently joined by Cold, Heat, Dryness or the others. Attack on the lung system disturbs the dispersing and descending actions […]

Wheezing (Common Internal Medicine Disorders) (Chinese Medicine)

Wheezing is a condition that flares up paroxysmally. It falls in the category of latent Rheum accumulation among illnesses of Phlegm-Rheum. It is characterized by a whistling sound during exhalation, rapid breathing and dyspnea. In severe cases the patient has great difficulty breathing in a recumbent position and prefers to be upright. Etiology and Pathology […]

Asthma (Common Internal Medicine Disorders) (Chinese Medicine)

Asthma is principally characterized by air hunger, to the point of necessitating breathing with open mouth and raised shoulders and by refusal or inability to lie down. As a symptom, asthma may appear in the course of various acute and chronic illnesses. When it becomes the main symptom at a certain stage of these illnesses, […]

Palpitation of Heart (Common Internal Medicine Disorders) (Chinese Medicine)

Palpitation of the heart refers to the subjective sensation of the heart beating fast and vigorously, and its associated symptoms of anxiety and restlessness. Its severity and its cause both vary. Etiology and Pathology Palpitation occurs principally when the body’s constitution is weak, when stimulated by strong passions, or when certain exogenous pathogenic evils invade […]

Angina Pectoris (Common Internal Medicine Disorders) (Chinese Medicine)

Angina pectoris (angina for short) refers to tightness and suffocating pain in the chest and dyspnea. In mild cases, there may be only chest tightness with dyspnea. In severe cases, chest pain penetrates to the back, back pain penetrates to the chest, and the dyspnea is accompanied by orthopnea (inability to breathe except in an […]

Insomnia (Common Internal Medicine Disorders) (Chinese Medicine)

Insomnia means insufficient duration of sleep or sleep of poor quality. In mild cases, it may be difficulty in falling asleep or frequent waking from sleep. In severe cases, it may be inability to fall asleep all night. In general, insomnia may be caused by exogenous illness or by internal injury. Exogenously induced insomnia most […]

Depression (Common Internal Medicine Disorders) (Chinese Medicine)

Depression is a condition brought about by pent-up passions and impeded Qi movement. In addition to the pent-up emotions, it manifests mainly as emotional lability, chest fullness or tightness, subcostal distention or pain, and globus hystericus. Etiology and Pathology The passions are the primary causative factors in depression. When the regulation of the emotions becomes […]

Stomachache (Common Internal Medicine Disorders) (Chinese Medicine)

The ancients knew stomachache, or epigastric pain, as “heart pain.” It must be distinguished from true heart pain, which originates in the heart. Etiology and Pathology Stomachache mostly arises when the patient overindulges in raw, cold foods or excessive spices, or is irregular in hunger and satiation. In such circumstances the spleen and the stomach […]

Vomiting (Common Internal Medicine Disorders) (Chinese Medicine)

Vomiting is caused by abnormally rising of the stomach-Qi in retrograde fashion and propelling the food in the stomach upward. In a narrower sense, vomiting is the throwing up of food accompanied by sound. Throwing up without sound is called spitting up, and sound without throwing up is called retching. Etiology and Pathology The principal […]