Theory

Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold - Functional Grouping Relationships


Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold - General Concepts

  • Many are acrid and warm
  • Used when fever is mild, chill severe, headache, body & neck pain, no thirst
  • Focus is on the superficial layer of the body and lung
  • Precautions:
  • Do not overdose herbs that promote sweating – disperses qi too much and consumes yin
  • Caution in bleeding conditions or pregnancy – too moving


Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold - Section Summary

  • Bai Zhi best for pain in forehead, eyebrows, teeth, gums; also for swelling, pus, vaginal discharge.
  • Cong Bai releases the exterior in the very early stages of wind-cold, may be used topically for abscesses and sores.
  • Fang Feng – releases exterior, useful for bi-syndromes, particularly wind-type.
  • Gao Ben – expels wind-cold, headaches, particularly vertex.
  • Gui Zhi – releases muscle layer of exterior, useful for wind/cold/damp bi-syndromes in the joints, limbs, and shoulders.
  • Jing Jie – releases exterior, useful for carbuncles or boils in initial stages, stops bleeding.
  • Ma Huang – releases exterior, induces sweating, disperse lung qi, promotes urination.
  • Qiang Huo – releases exterior, best with damp related body/joint pain and/or occipital headache, guiding herb for the governing vessel.
  • Sheng Jiang – release exterior, disperses cold, warms middle jiao, warms lung, reduces toxicity of other herbs.
  • Xi Xin – releases exterior, used most often with head and body aches in wind-cold, particularly with dampness or underlying KD Yang Deficiency, warms lung, unblocks nasal congestion.
  • Xiang Ru – release exterior, clears summerheat, transforms dampness, promotes urination, reduces swelling.
  • Xin Yi Hua – most often used with wind-cold, but always useful for any nasal/sinus conditions within appropriate combinations.
  • Zi Su Ye – releases exterior, wind-cold with fever, calms restless fetus, alleviates morning sickness, may be used alone or in a formula for seafood poisoning.


The Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold Grouping Has 13 Herbs In Our Database

Bai Zhi

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  • Angelica Root
    • Expels wind-cold, dampness
    • Opens nasal passages, sinus congestion (particularly with green discharge), alleviates pain (especially in the head region)
    • Resolve wind-cold symptoms especially with headaches (yangming - ST), supraorbital pain, congestion
    • Useful for swollen gums and toothache
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in Yin/Blood deficiency
    • Avoid in Heat in the Blood

Cong Bai

  • Spring Onion
    • Releases exterior, induces sweating (early stages of wind-cold)
    • Disperses cold, unblocks yang - abdominal pain, nasal congestion
    • Apply topically for dispersing masses - abscesses, sores, etc.
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in exterior deficiency w/profuse sweating
    • No honey in decoction

Fang Feng

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  • Ledebouriella root, siler
    • Releases exterior, expel wind-cold (headache, chills, body ache)
    • Bi-Syndromes, Wind-Damp, alleviates pain, relieves spasms (not very strong, only as a supporting herb)
    • Trembling hands and/or feet
    • Spleen/Liver intestinal issues - painful diarrhea, bright blood in stool
    • Migraines
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  • Cautions
    • Avoid in Yin Deficiency - Empty Heat
    • Avoid in spasms from Blood Deficiency

Gao Ben

  • Chinese Lovage Root, Ligusticum Root
    • Expels wind-cold, vertex headaches (teeth/jaw pain)
    • Dispels wind and dampness - useful for wind-cold-damp bi-syndromes and/or acute lower back pain from wind cold
    • Resolve dampness effecting stomach/spleen
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in Blood and/or Yin Deficiency

    Gui Zhi

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    • Cinnamon Twig
      • Releases muscle layer and adjusts ying and wei qi levels
      • Useful in wind-cold-damp bi syndromes to warm channels and disperse cold
      • Resolves blood stagnation particularly from cold - dysmenorrhea
      • Unblocks yang qi in the chest - shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations
      • Resolve edema and accumulation of cold phlegm
    • Cautions
      • Avoid in wind-heat and/or empty heat conditions
      • Avoid in heat in the blood, particularly w/vomiting

    Jing Jie

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    • Schizonepeta Stem
      • Expels wind and releases the exterior - useful for either wind-cold or wind-heat
      • Useful for boils, carbuncles, etc. in the initial stages
      • Resolve itching (wind-heat in the blood level), may be used topically
      • Stops bleeding, blood in stool (secondary herb), uterine bleeding
    • Cautions
      • Avoid in measles and/or w/open sores
      • Caution with exterior deficiency
      • Avoid with liver wind patterns

    Ma Huang

    • Ephedra
      • Induce sweating to release the exterior, disperse cold
      • Disperse lung qi, wheezing
      • Promote urination and reduces edema
    • Cautions
      • Not for long-term use as sweating will weaken the qi
      • Use cautiously in deficiency condition
      • May cause and/or contribute to hypertension, insomnia, mental restlessness

      Qiang Huo

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      • Notopterygium Root
        • Release exterior, disperse cold - useful with wind-cold and damp associated body/joint pain
        • Guiding herb for the GV and Tai Yang Channels
      • Cautions
        • Avoid in Blood and/or Yin Deficiency
        • Avoid with Exterior Deficiency

      Sheng Jiang

      • Fresh Ginger Rhizome
        • Release the exterior, wind-cold, regulate ying and wei qi
        • Warms the middle jiao - stomach cold/vomiting
        • Alleviates coughing, warms lung
        • Reduces toxicity of other herbs
      • Cautions
        • Avoid w/heat in LU or ST
        • Use cautiously in patients with hypertension

        Xi Xin

        • Chinese Wild Ginger
          • Supporting herb for exterior cold, useful when primary symptoms are head/body aches, particularly with dampness and/or KD Yang Deficiency
          • Dispels wind, disperses cold, alleviates pain
          • Transforms phlegm - wind-cold w/cough
          • Unblocks Qi - nasal congestion
        • Cautions
          • Avoid in Qi Deficiency w/profuse sweating
          • Avoid in yin deficient cough
          • Avoid in blood deficiency headaches

        Xiang Ru

        • Aromatic Madder
          • Expels summerheat and transforms dampness
          • Promotes urination, reduces swelling - edema
        • Cautions
          • Avoid in exterior deficiency w/sweating

        Xin Yi Hua

        Zi Su Ye

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        • Perilla Leaf
          • Release the exterior, disperse cold - wind-cold w/fever
          • Resolve qi stagnation, open chest - vomiting, nausea
          • Calm restless fetus - morning sickness
          • Seafood poisoning - alone or in combination w/other herbs



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