Huoxiangzhengqi Water is not a “panacea” for heat stroke

The weather in summer is hot, the heat is heavy, there is a lot of rain, and the dampness is also heavy. Therefore, in summer, people are often troubled by heat and dampness, and have symptoms such as fever, headache, etc., which is what we usually call “heat stroke”. When it comes to heat stroke, many people think of Huoxiangzhengqi water. Is Huoxiangzhengqi Water really a “panacea” for heatstroke?

Traditional Chinese medicine classifies heat stroke as “heat disease”. Burnt Yangming, caused by offending the pericardium. For example, in the case of excessive sweating and thirst, weakness, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, nausea, inability to concentrate, etc., are signs of heat stroke. If your face is red, your skin is burning, or you are pale, your skin temperature drops, or your limbs twitch, you have heat stroke and need emergency treatment.

According to the environment and symptoms of heat stroke, traditional Chinese medicine divides heat stroke into yang heat and yin heat . The one who moves and gets it is Yangshu. Yangshu is usually seen in laborers and sportsmen who have been exposed to the sun for a long time, and manifests as high fever, upset, dizziness, fatigue, thirst, profuse sweating, and yellow and dry tongue coating. For Yangshuo, it is necessary to quickly lift the patient to a ventilated and cool place, make him lie on his back, unbutton his clothes, loosen or take off his clothes, and replenish water in time. Otherwise, shock will occur, which is life-threatening. Anyone who attains tranquility is Yin heat. Yin-Shu is the name of a disease syndrome. Due to the high heat and humidity in summer, people’s pores are open and the body is loose. When sleeping, taking a lunch break and enjoying the coolness, if you avoid the heat and get cooler, or stay in the shade of trees or on the balcony for too long, or drink a lot of cold water quickly Or iced beverages, etc., can cause wind, cold, dampness to invade the body, thereby causing Yinshu. In addition to irritability, headache, and thirst, patients with Yin-Shu often have aversion to cold, little or no sweating, diarrhea and abdominal pain due to cold. Huoxiangzhengqi Water is suitable for Yin and Summer. Huoxiangzhengqi Water has been included in the “Taiping Huimin Heji Ju Fang” since the Song Dynasty. It has been used for a long time and can be called a good medicine for heat stroke in summer. Its drug composition includes radix, angelica, basil, ginger and other warming drugs. Therefore, for the yang heat caused by high temperature and exposure, remember not to use it, otherwise it will add fuel to the fire and aggravate the disease. Huoxiangzhengqi drugs are more effective for “exogenous wind-cold, internal injury dampness and cold” caused by “too cold drinking”. Huoxiang is the main medicine in the prescription, which has the functions of relieving the exterior and dispelling heat, dampness and stomach; Perilla leaves and Angelica dahurica can disperse wind-cold; tangerine peel and Magnolia officinalis can dispel dampness; Poria and Atractylodes can strengthen the spleen and stop diarrhea. When there are symptoms of Yin heat such as headache, fever without sweating, chest tightness, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc., Huoxiangzhengqi drugs can be prescribed to patients. Therefore, although Huoxiangzhengqi drugs are good recipes in summer, they need to be differentiated first and must not be used blindly to patients.

Text: Sun Peng, Department of Massage, The First Affiliated Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Editor: Yu Meng Not Wang Ning

Proofreading: Ma Yang

Reviewing: Xu Bingnan Yan Yan

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