Wind is one of six climatic pathogenic factors (ie. a quality in the environment or climate which can cause disease). It is the predominant climatic factor in spring, but can also cause disease in other seasons as well. It is Yang and is a major factor involved in pathogens entering the body. Sometimes it can enter the body in combination with other climatic factors such as cold, heat or damp.

Additionally, it can also manifest as an internal pathogenic factor, primarily affecting the Liver.

Its’ nature is to rise and disperse and so its symptoms are more likely to manifest in the upper or superficial parts of the body, ie head, face or skin. 

External clinical manifestations include:

  • Rapid onset of disease
  • Rapid changes of symptoms & signs
  • Symptoms & signs move from place to place in the body
  • Stiffness (Tremors, convulsions & paralysis are internal manifestations)
  • Affects the top part of the body
  • Affects the Lungs first
  • It will affect the skin
  • Causes itching

Symptoms & Signs include:

  • Aversion to cold and/or wind
  • Sneezing, cough and runny nose
  • Possible fever
  • Stiffness and aching of the occipital region
  • Itchy throat
  • Stiffness and pain of joints (Bi-Syndrome or Painful Obstruction Syndrome)
  • Headache