What solution does ancient Chinese wisdom have to offer?
Western medicine doctors view a cold as a contagious viral disease infecting the soft lining (mucous membrane) of the nose and have identified more than 100 variants of the virus than can lead to sickness. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory agrees with Western medicine's understanding of a virus as the cause of colds. However, Chinese medicine theory is careful enough to classify colds into the following types:
1. Cold Caused by Wind Cold
Wind Cold produces chills and sensitivity to cold and drafts, with such symptoms as coughing with clear mucus, a stuffed or running nose, inability to get warm, sweating, and a thin white coating on the tongue.
2. Cold Caused by Wind Heat
Also called Heat Cold, it is a flu-like condition, producing such symptoms as a worse-than-the-chills fever, a swollen and sore throat with headache and irritability, a non-productive cough (with the occasional expectoration of yellow mucus), and a thin white or yellow coating on the tongue with a red tip.
3. Mixture of Wind Cold and Heat Cold
Such a mixed cold produces a high fever, with such symptoms as a strong headache, a swollen and sore throat, dry excrement, dark yellow urine, and a thin yellow coating on the tongue with a red tip.
4. Stomach or Internal Organ-Type Cold and
Heat-Stroke Cold Such colds produce a not-so-serious fever, with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, strong headache, inability to warm up, sweating, and a white coating on the tongue.