Acupuncture & TCM


Cold is one of the six exogenous evils. It is the predominant qi of winter; it can occur in other seasons but not as severely. Pathogenic cold can invade the body from exposure to cold, insufficient clothing, being caught in the rain and wading in cold water.

In cold weather a good rule is to light your fire first before doing anything else. It is always more sensible to keep yourself warm rather than trying to thaw yourself out later.

Mors Kochanski

Clinical Manifestations of Cold

cold is yin in nature
it impairs warmth
cold limbs
cold pain in stomach
diarrhea containing undigested food
increased flow of clear urine
cold contracts and stagnatespain
aversion to cold
lack of sweating (pores fail to open & close)
restricted movement of limbs

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