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Chinese Symptomology Signs & symptoms of external contraction of wind cold include: Fever and chills unrelieved by sweating ~ Headache ~ Aversion to wind ~ Stiff neck ~ Nasal congestion ~ Thin, white tongue fur ~ A floating, soft pulse. Signs & symptoms of loss of harmony between the constructive and defensive in a patient that is chronically ill include: Fever ~ Sweating ~ Aversion to wind ~ A forceless pulse Western Symptomology Externally contracted wind cold and disharmonies of the constructive and defensive presenting as 1) febrile diseases, such as common cold, influenza, postpartum fevers, and fever of unknown origin; 2) conditions characterized by a surging sensation in the torso, including such cardiovascular diseases as myocarditis, premature ventricular contractions, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, sick sinus syndrome, and functional cardiac disorders; 3) allergic disorders, including allergic rhinitis, allergic purpura, food allergies, asthma, chronic urticaria, and eczema; 4) miscellaneous disorders, including hemiplegia, neutropenia, hyperactivity, enuresis, peri- and menopausal syndromes, hypotension, and diffuse esophageal spasms Actions Dispels wind and scatters cold, harmonizes the constructive and defensive Pattern Externally contracted wind cold Tongue Usually has a thin, white coating Pulse Usually floating Ingredients Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi) 166.7 mg ~ Bai Shao (Radix Alba Paeoniae) 166.7 mg ~ Da Zao (Fructus Jujubae) 166.7 mg ~ Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis) 166.7 mg ~ mix-fried Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae) 83.2 mg Within this formula, Gui Zhi resolves the exterior and scatters cold, while Bai Shao nourishes the blood and constrains yin. Together, one dispels wind evils from the exterior and the other supplements the constructive qi. Sheng Jiang aids Gui Zhi in resolving the exterior. However it also warms the middle and harmonizes the stomach. Da Zao assists Bai Shao in nourishing and harmonizing the constructive and blood. Mix-fried Gan Cao harmonizes all the other ingredients in the formula as well as promotes the interaction of yin and yang when combined with the foregoing medicinals. This formula comes from Zhang Zhong-jing’s late Han dynasty Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Damage [Due to] Cold).