Lung And Large Intestine Syndromes - Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Test your knowledge of the Lung and Large Intestine Syndromes (first year degree Chinese Medicine level)


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  • 1. 

    Which syndrome has the following symptoms:  Slight shortness of breath, weak voice, easily catches colds

    • A.

      Lung Yin Deficiency

    • B.

      Lung Qi Deficiency

    • C.

      Wei Qi Deficiency

    • D.

      Kidney Qi Deficiency

    Correct Answer
    B. Lung Qi Deficiency
    Explanation
    Lung Qi Deficiency is the correct answer because the symptoms described, such as slight shortness of breath, weak voice, and easily catching colds, are associated with a weakened Lung Qi. Lung Qi is responsible for the proper functioning of the lungs and the immune system, so a deficiency in Lung Qi can result in these symptoms. Lung Yin Deficiency refers to a different set of symptoms related to dryness and heat in the lungs. Wei Qi Deficiency refers to a weakened immune system, but it does not specifically mention the respiratory symptoms described. Kidney Qi Deficiency is not related to the symptoms mentioned.

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  • 2. 

    Which syndrome has the following symptoms?  Dry cough, dry mouth and throat, feeling of heat in the afternoon and evening.

    • A.

      Kidney Yin Deficiency

    • B.

      Lung Qi Deficiency

    • C.

      Dry-Phlegm Obstructing the Lungs

    • D.

      Lung Yin Deficiency

    Correct Answer
    D. Lung Yin Deficiency
    Explanation
    Lung Yin Deficiency is the correct answer because the symptoms mentioned, such as dry cough, dry mouth and throat, and feeling of heat in the afternoon and evening, are all associated with a deficiency of Yin in the lungs. Yin represents the cooling and nourishing aspects of the body, and when it is deficient, it can lead to symptoms of dryness and heat. This is why Lung Yin Deficiency is the most appropriate syndrome that explains the given symptoms.

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  • 3. 

    Dry throat, dry mouth, dry skin, thirst and hoarse voice are the main symptoms for:

    • A.

      Lung Dryness

    • B.

      Large Intestine Dryness

    • C.

      Lung Qi Deficiency

    • D.

      Lung Heat

    Correct Answer
    A. Lung Dryness
    Explanation
    Lung Dryness is the correct answer because the symptoms mentioned, such as dry throat, dry mouth, dry skin, thirst, and hoarse voice, are all indicative of a lack of moisture in the lungs. This can be caused by various factors such as dry environmental conditions, smoking, or certain medications. To alleviate these symptoms, it is important to hydrate the body, use humidifiers, and avoid irritants such as smoking.

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  • 4. 

    A patient comes in with a cold - aversion to wind, sneezing, fever and chills, an itchy throat, and a stuffy nose with clear watery mucus.  The pulse is floating and tight.  Which syndrome do you suspect?

    • A.

      Lung Dryness

    • B.

      Wind-Heat Invading the Lungs

    • C.

      Wind-Dampness Invading the Lungs

    • D.

      Wind-Cold Invading the Lungs

    Correct Answer
    D. Wind-Cold Invading the Lungs
    Explanation
    Based on the symptoms described (aversion to wind, sneezing, fever and chills, itchy throat, stuffy nose with clear watery mucus) and the pulse characteristics (floating and tight), the most likely syndrome is Wind-Cold Invading the Lungs. This syndrome is characterized by an invasion of cold and wind pathogens into the lungs, causing symptoms such as aversion to wind, sneezing, fever and chills, and a stuffy nose with clear watery mucus. The floating and tight pulse is also consistent with this syndrome.

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  • 5. 

    A patient comes in with a fever, feeling chilly, and a sore throat.  She also has a cough, and a runny nose with yellow mucus, and sneezing.  Which syndrome do you suspect?

    • A.

      Wind-Cold Invading the Lungs

    • B.

      Lung Yin Xu

    • C.

      Wind-Heat Invading the Lungs

    • D.

      Full-Heat in the Lungs

    Correct Answer
    C. Wind-Heat Invading the Lungs
    Explanation
    Based on the symptoms described, it is likely that the patient is experiencing Wind-Heat Invading the Lungs. The presence of a fever, feeling chilly, sore throat, cough, runny nose with yellow mucus, and sneezing are all indicative of an invasion of wind and heat in the lungs. This syndrome is commonly seen in cases of upper respiratory tract infections or the common cold, where the body is fighting off an external pathogen.

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  • 6. 

    A patient has a cold.  The symptoms are sneezing, feeling chilly, a feeling of heaviness in the body with a muzzy head, a stuffy nose with profuse white mucus, a poor appetite and loose stools.  The pulse is floating and slippery.  Which syndrome do you suspect?

    • A.

      Wind-Cold Invading the Lung

    • B.

      Wind-Heat Invading the Lung

    • C.

      Wind-Dampness Invading the Lung

    • D.

      Full-Heat in the Lung

    Correct Answer
    C. Wind-Dampness Invading the Lung
    Explanation
    Based on the symptoms described, such as feeling chilly, a feeling of heaviness in the body with a muzzy head, a stuffy nose with profuse white mucus, a poor appetite, and loose stools, along with a floating and slippery pulse, the syndrome that is suspected is Wind-Dampness Invading the Lung. This is because the symptoms indicate an invasion of both Wind and Dampness, which are common factors in cold-related illnesses.

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  • 7. 

    Which syndrome has the following symptoms?  abdominal pain and fullness, diarrhoea with mucus and blood in stools, offensive odour of stools and burning in the anus. 

    • A.

      Large Intestine Dryness

    • B.

      Spleen Qi Deficiency

    • C.

      Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine

    • D.

      Large Intestine Heat

    Correct Answer
    C. Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine. This is because the symptoms described, such as abdominal pain and fullness, diarrhea with mucus and blood in stools, offensive odor of stools, and burning in the anus, are all characteristic of Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine syndrome. This syndrome is a condition in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where there is an excess of dampness and heat in the large intestine, leading to these specific symptoms.

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  • 8. 

    Which syndrome has the following syndromes?  Constipation with dry stools, and a burning sensation in anus.  Pulse is full and rapid. 

    • A.

      Heat in the Large Intestine

    • B.

      Large Intestine Dryness

    • C.

      Blood Deficiency

    • D.

      Kidney Yin Deficiency

    Correct Answer
    A. Heat in the Large Intestine
    Explanation
    The given symptoms of constipation with dry stools, burning sensation in the anus, and a full and rapid pulse are indicative of Heat in the Large Intestine. This syndrome is characterized by excessive heat in the large intestine, which leads to dryness and constipation. The burning sensation in the anus can be attributed to the heat. The other options, such as Large Intestine Dryness, Blood Deficiency, and Kidney Yin Deficiency, do not align with the symptoms described.

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  • 9. 

    A child comes to you clinic with acute stomach (adbominal) cramping pain, diarrhoea, and feeling chilly.  Pulse: Deep, Tight Tongue Coat: Thick, White Which syndrome do you suspect?

    • A.

      Spleen Yang Deficiency

    • B.

      Cold Invading the Large Intestine

    • C.

      Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine

    • D.

      Large Intestine Dryness

    Correct Answer
    B. Cold Invading the Large Intestine
    Explanation
    Based on the symptoms described, including acute stomach cramping pain, diarrhea, feeling chilly, and the pulse being deep and tight, along with the tongue coat being thick and white, the most likely syndrome is Cold Invading the Large Intestine. This is because the symptoms indicate an invasion of cold in the large intestine, causing abdominal pain and diarrhea. The deep and tight pulse is also characteristic of a cold invasion. The thick and white tongue coat is another indication of cold in the body.

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  • 10. 

    A prolapsed anus, haemorrhoids, tiredness after bowel movement, cold limbs, poor appetite, mental exhaustion, desire to drink warm liquids, desire to have abdomen massaged. Pulse: Thin, Weak, Deep.  Which syndrome do you suspect, and what syndrome underlies it?

    • A.

      Large Intestine Dryness - Blood Deficiency

    • B.

      Collapse of Large Intestine - Large Intestine Dryness

    • C.

      Collapse of Large Intestine - Spleen Qi Sinking

    • D.

      Collapse of Large Intestine - Damp-Heat

    Correct Answer
    C. Collapse of Large Intestine - Spleen Qi Sinking
    Explanation
    The symptoms described in the question, such as prolapsed anus, haemorrhoids, tiredness after bowel movement, cold limbs, poor appetite, mental exhaustion, desire to drink warm liquids, and desire to have abdomen massaged, are indicative of the Collapse of Large Intestine - Spleen Qi Sinking syndrome. The pulse characteristics of thin, weak, and deep also support this diagnosis. This syndrome is characterized by a weakness in the Spleen Qi, leading to a sinking of the Large Intestine and resulting in the symptoms mentioned.

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  • 11. 

    Select all of the Lung Qi Deficiency symptoms:

    • A.

      Slight shortness of breath

    • B.

      Poor appetite

    • C.

      Dry mouth and throat

    • D.

      Easily catches colds

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Slight shortness of breath
    D. Easily catches colds
    Explanation
    The symptoms of lung qi deficiency include slight shortness of breath and easily catching colds. This is because lung qi is responsible for the proper functioning of the lungs and the immune system. When the lung qi is deficient, it can lead to respiratory issues like shortness of breath and a weakened immune system, making the person more susceptible to catching colds.

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  • 12. 

    Select all (more than one) of the following Lung Yin Deficiency Symptoms:

    • A.

      Weak back and knees

    • B.

      Dry cough or cough with scanty sputum

    • C.

      Feeling of heat in the afternoon and evening

    • D.

      Frequent colds

    • E.

      Dry moujth and throat

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Dry cough or cough with scanty sputum
    C. Feeling of heat in the afternoon and evening
    E. Dry moujth and throat
    Explanation
    The given symptoms are all indicative of Lung Yin Deficiency. Weak back and knees, dry cough or cough with scanty sputum, feeling of heat in the afternoon and evening, frequent colds, and dry mouth and throat are all associated with Lung Yin Deficiency.

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  • 13. 

    Lung Qi Deficiency can be caused by the following (check more than one):

    • A.

      Excessive sex

    • B.

      Prolonged stooping or poor posture

    • C.

      Poor appetite and diet

    • D.

      Repeated invasions of wind-cold or wind-heat

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Prolonged stooping or poor posture
    D. Repeated invasions of wind-cold or wind-heat
    Explanation
    Lung Qi Deficiency can be caused by prolonged stooping or poor posture because these positions can restrict the flow of Qi and blood in the lungs, leading to a deficiency. Repeated invasions of wind-cold or wind-heat can also cause Lung Qi Deficiency as these external factors can weaken the lungs and disrupt the normal functioning of Qi. However, excessive sex and poor appetite and diet are not directly related to Lung Qi Deficiency and do not have a significant impact on lung health.

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  • 14. 

    In Damp-Phlegm Obstructing the Lungs there is often an underlying Spleen Qi Deficiency. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In Damp-Phlegm Obstructing the Lungs, there is often an underlying Spleen Qi Deficiency. This means that when there is an accumulation of dampness and phlegm in the lungs, it is likely that the spleen is not functioning properly, leading to a deficiency in Qi. This can manifest as symptoms such as fatigue, bloating, and poor digestion. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 15. 

    In acute invasions aversion to cold is due to obstruction of the space between skin and muscles by Wind so Defensive (Wei) Qi cannot circulate and warm muscles. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that aversion to cold during acute invasions is caused by the obstruction of the space between the skin and muscles by Wind. This obstruction prevents the circulation of Defensive Qi, which is responsible for warming the muscles. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 16. 

    According to the 8 principles invasion of the Lung by Wind-Heat is an internal problem. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    According to the 8 principles, invasion of the Lung by Wind-Heat is an external problem, not an internal one. The 8 principles are used in traditional Chinese medicine to analyze and diagnose diseases. They categorize diseases based on four pairs of opposing qualities: interior/exterior, cold/hot, deficiency/excess, and yin/yang. Wind-Heat invasion refers to an external pathogenic factor entering the body, causing symptoms such as fever, sore throat, and cough. Therefore, the statement that invasion of the Lung by Wind-Heat is an internal problem is incorrect.

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  • 17. 

    Sadness and Grief can weaken the Lung Qi, and the Lung Yin. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Sadness and grief are emotions that can have a negative impact on the Lung Qi and Lung Yin. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the lungs are associated with the emotion of sadness, and excessive or prolonged sadness can weaken the Lung Qi, which refers to the energy or vital force of the lungs. Additionally, sadness and grief can also deplete the Lung Yin, which represents the nourishing and moistening aspect of the lungs. Therefore, it is true that sadness and grief can weaken the Lung Qi and Lung Yin.

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