Recipes of Chinese herbs for headache caused by wind and dampness

In traditional Chinese medicine, the causes of headache include external pathogenic factors and internal factors. The external pathogenic factors which can cause headache are wind, coldness, dampness, and heat, while wind plays a key role. The article is talking about Chinese herbs for relieving headache caused by wind and dampness.

When headache is caused by wind and dampness, in addition to pain, the head may have the feeling of heaviness and blocking like being wrapped in something damp. The body feels tired and heavy. The chest has the feeling of blocking and tightness. The appetite is not good. Urine is less than usual, and stool may be loose. The tongue is pale, and the coating of the tongue is white and looks like lard. The pulse is soggy which characteristic is floating, thin, and soft.

The treatment method of the syndrome is to dispel wind, expel dampness, and remove blocking. And the representative recipe is Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang.

The recipe Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang contains Qiang Huo (6 g), Du Huo (6 g), Chuan Xiong (1.5 g), Fang Feng (3 g), Man Jing Zi (2 g), Gao Ben (3 g), and Zhi Gan Cao (3 g).

(The recipe Qiang Huo Sheng Shi Tang, recorded in the book Pi Wei Lun. Pi Wei Lun, which literally means the treatise about the spleen and the stomach, was writen by Li Gao in the thirteenth century.)

If the chest has the feeling of blocking and tightness, the stomach has the feeling of distending and blocking, the abdomen has the feeling of distending, and stool is loose, the recipe adds Cang Zhu, Chen Pi and Sha Ren.

If the person feels nausea and vomits, the recipe adds Ban Xia, Sheng Jiang and Zhu Ru.

If the appetite is not good and the person eats less than usual, the recipe adds Mai Ya, Shen Qu, and Jiao Shan Zha.

If urine is less than usual, the recipe adds Fu Ling, Yi Yi Ren, and Dan Zhu Ye.

In the case of headache that is caused by the dampness of the summer, if the body feels hot but sweat is not much or there is almost no sweat, while the person feels restless and thirsty, the chest has the feeling of blocking and tightness, and the person often wants to vomit, the recipe adds Huo Xiang, Pei Lan, and He Ye.

REFERENCES:

1. Zhang, Boli, & Wu, Mianhua. (2017). Internal Medicine of TCM. China Press of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

2. Li, Ji, & Lian, Jianwei. (2016). Recipes of Traditional Chinese Medicine. China Press of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

NOTICE:

Some medicinal materials are not allowed to use in the EU. The knowledge of the article is based on the conditions of China. The actual use of medicinal materials in the EU complies with the regulations of the EU.

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