Continuing from where we left off. The 6 Pillars of Sickness Development.
DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN COLD AND HEAT SYNDROMES
Result from being exposed to cold conditions or a lack of good body heat and excess of cold rising from your internal body. This is extremely easy to happen than what it sounds. All you need to do, for example, and please don’t, is walk out of your home on a cold windy day without a scarf just because it’s sunny outside. A day or two later a fever might rise.
Cold temperature contracts muscles and other tissues including your veins, limits body’s flexibility and movements, and so much more… Cold syndromes can present different symptoms according to the causes or affected body parts. One or more symptoms can be present at the same time.
- Sensitivity to cold temperatures
- Pale skin
- Preference to warm
- Cold body parts like hands, arms, or feet
- Clear color urine
- Thin and clear body discharges (fluids)
- Little or no sweating
Caused by invasion of external heat or a disharmony of the cooling function and high body heat. Ever wonder why doctors advise not to stay under the sun for too long or to always hydrate during hot days? Your body will increase its temperature, drain your body fluids faster than usual, dilated veins in the body, injure joints, create inflammations, and so much more… Heat syndromes can present many symptoms and it all depends what the causes are for this heat to rise.
- Red face
- Aversion to heat
- Preference for cold drinks and/or foods
- Yellow or thick body discharges
- Yellow urine
- Dry stool
DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR SYNDROMES
From the moment you step out of your home we are exposing our body to numerous things, some being good and some being bad. When this external influences turn against us and attack our body (ex. Summer Heat), depending on how weak your constitution is, it is possible your immune system will engage on an epic battle and as a side effect some sickness may develop.
The good thing about this situation is that it affects only the superficial (exterior) part of your body and has no relationship with any internal organs or functions. This type of disorder is easy to treat and causes no severe injuries to your body.
Like for example a fever, headache, body ache, sore throat, coughing, running nose, and others… There are times these conditions are left unattended and will evolve, creating more damage and moving deeper into the body, injuring internal parts or even organs.
This external damaging influences enter your body through the nose, mouth, and body surface. Symptoms are always sudden onset, somewhat gentle and shot duration.
- Aversion to wind blowing
- General aches
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Itchy and sore throat
This happens in deeper parts of tour body. Including your organs, bone marrow, qi or blood. Besides exterior influences, factors like mental distress, improper diet and physical strain also lead to this type of disorder. Unlike the exterior disorder type, symptoms vary from person to person, and are mainly associated with organ dysfunctions.
Interior syndromes tend to be relative serious and longer compared to superficial disorders.
Symptoms marked by
- NO aversion to wind and chills
DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN DEFICIENT AND EXCESS SYNDROME
This refers to conditions that are dominated by weakness of the body’s disease preventing forces rather than by abundance of pathogenic factors. Owing to various disease preventing factors inside the body, patterns of deficiency (xu) can be further classified into such as qi deficiency, blood deficiency, yang deficiency, yin deficiency, body fluid deficiency, bone marrow depletion, nutrient stage deficiency and protective qi deficiency. Each of them has particular clinical features, some common signs of deficient syndromes are fatigue, low-spiritedness, pale or sallow complexion, palpitation, breath shortness, cold limbs, sweating, diarrhea, loose bowels, urinary frequency or incontinence. The tongue is pale, and the pulse is thready and weak. Deficient syndromes usually occur in those with constitutional defects, have chronic and ongoing diseases, or are in a depleted physical state.
This refers to conditions that are dominated by abundance of pathogenic factors, the body’s resistance has not yet weakened, resulting in hyperactive, precipitating struggles between the two forces. Besides exogenous pathogen invasions, excess syndromes can also be caused by internal damage such as qi stagnation, blood stasis, phlegm obstruction or stagnancy of fluid flow. Patients with an excess syndrome can develop complex symptoms, some common signs are fever, distension pain that becomes worse when pressed, chest stuffiness, irritability, coarse breathing, excessive throat discharges, constipation, urinary difficulty, and even unconsciousness. The tongue coating is thick and greasy, and the pulse is excess and forceful. Excess syndromes usually occur in those with a strong physique, newly developed cases, sudden attacks, and fierce clinical manifestations.