Aversion to Wind and Cold: A Case Study
By Dr. Jyh-Sheng You
Aversion to or dread of wind and cold refers to being sensitive to and uncomfortable in cold temperatures. This symptom is commonly seen in both patterns of external contraction and internal damage. Historical documents contain the terms ”wu han” (aversion to cold), ”wu feng” (aversion to wind) and ”wei han” (dread of cold). It has generally been thought that aversion to wind and aversion to cold are different. It is said those who are averse to cold have a feeling of sensitivity or uncomfortableness in cold temperatures even without being exposed to wind, and can have generalized coldness even though they may be in a closed room or covered by a blanket sitting next to a warm fire. Those who are averse to wind, it is said, begin to feel cold when they are exposed to wind. In the clinic however, those who are averse to cold are generally also averse to wind, while those who are averse to wind generally also have some aversion to cold. The terms ”aversion to cold”, ”aversion to wind” and ”dread of cold” manifest similarly and all of them can be included in the term ”aversion to cold”.
Patient: Mr. Fu
Case Number: 185189
Occupational Status: Retired
First Clinic Visit: 10/6/2009
Has felt avers to cold for one month
The patient said that 20 years prior he had been diagnosed with hypertension, and had been taking western medicines to treat it ever since. With the help of medication he managed to keep his blood pressure between 120-130/60-70 mmHg. At the time his health had been consistently good and he reported having no other problems. In March of 2009, he began to have pain in his right knee and was diagnosed as having gout. Later on he experienced bleeding from his conjunctiva and his vision changed for the worse. In April of the same year, he was admitted to Taipei Veteran’s General Hospital because a cold he had caught turned into pneumonia. He checked out of the hospital 10 days after being admitted. On September the 4th of 2009, the patient came to the Western medicine department of our hospital because he was feeling cold, fatigued and had problems sleeping; he woke easily during the night. However, because his symptoms went unchanged he came to the Chinese medicine department on October 6th to seek help. His appearance was not much different than that of most people, yet he wore more clothes than average. I asked if his perspiration was abnormal, and about his bowel movements and urination as well. He said neither was unusual. His tongue had a purple tinge, the tip was slightly red and it had a thin white coating. His arms and legs had no signs of coldness, but instead were warm to the touch. His right pulse was floating and wiry, the left was deep and rough.
Deficiency of upright Qi with latent pathogens, compromised defense Qi, and inhibition of the pivot mechanism.
Rotate the pivot mechanism, support the upright Qi and expel pathogens, boost the Qi and fortify the defense Qi.
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