The Method of Inducing Perspiration
In Chinese medicine, the treatment method of inducing perspiration is also known as initiating the superficial region in Chinese medicine.
The objective of inducing perspiration is to induce the external pathogenic energies that have penetrated the human body to move outward by means of perspiration.
In Chinese medicine, it is maintained that a pathogen will attack the human body from the outside and then it will penetrate into the body, step by step. For this reason, when the pathogen is still residing in the superficial region (namely, the regions of the skin, hair and muscles), it is necessary to induce perspiration.
This way, the pathogen will have a chance to get out of the body before it penetrates further into the body to cause a deep syndrome. The superficial syndrome, including such symptoms as dislike of cold, fever, headache, pain in the body and superficial pulse, should be treated by inducing perspiration.
As each patient is different in terms of physical conditions and as each disease is also different, the superficial syndrome is further divided into the superficial cold syndrome and the superficial hot syndrome. However, the two syndromes are, in most cases, closely related to each other and, in clinical practice, they are usually treated together. Perspiration can be induced with pungent and warm herbs or with pungent and cold herbs.
In Chinese herbal therapy, herbs or foods with a pungent flavor and warm energy are used to treat a superficial cold syndrome, which displays the following symptoms: dislike of cold, fever, no perspiration, headache, nasal congestion, pain in the four limbs, thin and white coating of the tongue and superficial and tight pulse or superficial and relaxed pulse.
In Chinese herbal therapy, herbs or foods with a pungent flavor and cold energy are used to treat the superficial hot syndrome, which displays these symptoms: fever, headache, slight dislike of cold and wind, presence of perspiration, thirst, sore throat, red tongue with a thin, yellow and dry coating and superficial and rapid pulse.
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