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Let’s dive into the world of wind in TCM!

Let’s dive into the world of wind in TCM!

External wind

External wind is like an unruly guest that barges in from the environment, especially when the seasons change. It loves to stir up trouble in the head, face, and skin, causing headaches, dizziness, and itching. But don’t worry, acupuncture and herbal remedies are here to kick this wind out and restore harmony.


  • Wind-Cold: When wind teams up with cold, it causes chills, mild fever, body aches, neck stiffness, and no sweating. Think of it as a chilly breeze that makes you shiver!
  • Wind-Heat: When wind joins forces with heat, often in warmer seasons or sudden weather changes, it can escalate from wind-cold. This dynamic duo brings fever, sore throat, red eyes, headaches, and sweating.
  • Wind-Dampness: Picture a humid, sticky day. Wind and dampness combine to make your body feel heavy, with swollen joints, lack of appetite, and sluggishness.
  • Wind-Dryness: When wind meets dryness, typically in dry and windy climates, it leaves you with dry skin, a dry throat, a cough, and cracked lips.
  • Wind-Water: This occurs when wind disrupts the body’s water metabolism, leading to edema or swelling.

When external wind invades the channels, it can cause facial paralysis, joint pain, and headache.

Internal wind

Internal wind arises from inner turmoil, often due to liver issues or extreme heat. It can cause tremors, convulsions, and dizziness. The goal is to calm the liver, clear heat, and restore internal balance to chase this wind away.


  • Extreme Heat: Excessive heat builds up, causing high fever, irritability, a red face and eyes, thirst, constipation, and dark urine.
  • Liver Yang Rising: When liver yang gets too energetic or moves abnormally due to a lack of liver yin, it results in headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, irritability, a flushed face, and high blood pressure.
  • Liver Fire: An overactive, hot liver leads to red eyes, a bitter taste, irritability, anger, headaches, dizziness, and possible nosebleeds.
  • Liver Blood Deficiency: Insufficient blood to nourish the liver causes dizziness, blurred vision, dry eyes, brittle nails, a dull complexion, and insomnia.
  • Liver Yin Deficiency: A lack of yin (cooling and nourishing energy) results in dry eyes, night sweats, hot flashes, and irritability.
  • Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency: Both liver and kidney yin are deficient, often due to chronic illness or aging, leading to lower back pain, weak knees, dizziness, tinnitus, night sweats, dry eyes, and insomnia.

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