The Method of Warming Up
Warming up coldness is also called expelling coldness and it is designed to tone up yang energy in order to expel the cold pathogen from the body.
This method is used to treat the internal coldness syndrome, which is also called the deep coldness syndrome, as opposed to the superficial coldness syndrome.
In Chinese herbal therapy, herbs to be used for warming up coldness are either warm or hot.
The internal coldness syndrome is mostly due to a yang deficiency that has existed in one's physical conditions and generated coldness within the body or due to an attack of an external cold pathogen, resulting in a cold stroke, involving internal organs, that gives rise to a yang deficiency of the organs affected.
Meridian coldness is mostly due to an accumulation of cold energy in the meridians causing a blockage of energy and blood within the meridians.
There are a number of different methods of warming up coldness.
To warm the middle region and disperse coldness
This involves treating the spleen-stomach yang deficiency syndrome, with such symptoms as cold pain at the pit of the stomach and in the intestine, vomiting, diarrhea, fat tongue with a white and sliding coating and deep and slow pulse or deep and tight pulse; the spleen yang deficiency syndrome, with abdominal pain, love of warmth, abdominal swelling, watery stools and cold limbs; and the cold stomach syndrome, with pain at the pit of the stomach that drags on and lessens with warmth or heat, vomiting of clear water and more.
In clinical practice, the spleen-stomach yang deficiency syndrome is encountered most frequently, as the spleen and the stomach form a yin-yang relationship with each other, so their symptoms will also affect each other.
To restore yang and rescue upsurging
This is used to treat yang prolapse syndrome, with the following symptoms: dislike of cold, lying down with body curled up, extremely cold limbs, vomiting and diarrhea, body temperature decreasing, pale complexion and fine and disappearing pulse or hollow and rapid pulse.
To warm up meridians and disperse coldness
This is designed to treat the meridian coldness syndrome, with the following symptoms: cold pain in the four limbs, poor blood circulation, blue tips of the four limbs, rheumatism with coldness, cold pain in the muscles and difficulty in flexing and extending the joints.
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