Expel Wind - General Herbal Formula Category Concepts


Expel Wind Functional Grouping

The concept of "wind" in Chinese Medicine covers a broad range of conditions. As wind can be both internally and externally generated you will see conditions of external wind (wind-cold), for example, in the case of the common cold and internally as wind-stroke, for example, in the case of CVA (stroke). Generally the symptoms are either of a sudden nature or those that like to move around the body like a pain in one knee one day and then in your shoulder the next, etc.. Internally generated wind may combine with other influences (heat, cold, etc.) but it generally arises from a liver imbalance. Generally formulas within this category are useful for conditions ranging from skin rashes, dermatitis, numbness in the body, dizziness, joint pains, difficult speaking and more.

The Expel Wind Category Has The Following Subcategories:

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The Expel Wind Category Contains (4) TCM formulas In Our Database

Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan

Ligusticum Tea Pills


  • Headaches, primarily from wind-cold (but used with wind-heat/wind-damp), with neck stiffness, muscle aches and/or nasal discharge.
  • In certain cases may be useful for migraines, frequent headaches - particularly when they are influenced by cold weather and/or changing from warm to cold environments.
  • Rhinitis, sinusitis.
  • Release Wind from the Skin and Channels
  • Dan Gui Yin Zi

    Tangkuei Decoction


    • Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood deficiency - eczema (particularly dry and flaky), hives  (urticaria), neurodermatitis, psoriasis, dry skin, itchy skin that is generally worse at night.
    • Anemia generally, particularly when associated with related skin issues.
    • Alopecia.


  • Release Exterior Disorders with Interior Deficiency
  • Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan

    Gastrodia and Uncaria Formula


    • Headaches, vertigo, dizziness, tinnitis, floaters or blurry vision, insomnia as a result of liver yang rising. 
    • Siezures, spasms, convulsions or other types of involuntary muscle activity due to liver wind.
  • Extinguish Internal Wind
  • Xiao Feng Wan

    Clear Wind Pill


    • Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping -psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.
    • Topical allergic response, dermatitis -poison ivy, oak, sumac.
    • Acute [allergic] edema in the limbs.


  • Release Wind from the Skin and Channels
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