“The seventh point of the Lung channel is very important from the psychological and emotional point of view, and can be used in emotional problems caused by worry, grief or sadness. Lung-7 is particularly indicated in cases in which the person bears his or her problems in silence and keeps them inside. It tends to stimulate a beneficial outpouring of repressed emotions.” —G. Maciocia
- itching of skin, ears, eyes, nose
- neck stiffness or spasm after exposure to drafts
- body pains worse from drafts, changing atmospheric pressure, A/C.
- dizziness or headache with cold, flu, or allergy
- migrating pains: elbow one day, ankle the other, etc.
- muscle soreness or shivering in windy environments or drafts
- numbness or pain of face or scalp
The signs and symptoms above point to a diagnosis of a sensitivity to Excess Wind. When making an energetic diagnosis TCM considers the environment in which the individual lives and works. Are the symptoms better or worse with the Santa Ana winds, the rolling of the ocean mist, the cold nights of winter or air conditioning, or during the hot summers of Palm Springs? Can the person predict changes of weather before, and often better than, the weatherman? Ancient Chinese doctors understood that we are affected and influenced by our environment. Our health is dependent on our ability to adapt to the different climatic environments in which we live.
The onset of symptoms caused by Wind is rapid and wind creates rapid changes in symptoms and signs; one day one feels really bad, while the next all symptoms are gone, only to return a few days later. Wind causes symptoms and signs to move from place to place in the body: one day the elbow hurts, the other the knee. It affects mostly (not only), the upper part of the body: head, neck, shoulders. The Lungs are most vulnerable to Wind: coughing, sneezing, allergies, and colds that never heal are all signs of excess wind in the body.