The Wind Syndrome (风症)

First of all, wind syndrome is not specific to Thai alone. Chinese would attribute all sorts of pains to 'wind' or 'hong' in Hokkian. Chinese ointments for curing headache is called 'hong you' or 'wind ointments'. When my Malay friends complaint about muscle pains, they would say 'angin' which means 'wind'... 

Thai medicine believes there are six types of winds inside our body supporting and balancing functionality of our internal organs. In Thai medicine perspective, illnesses caused by imbalance winds are very common. Wind syndrome is also known as 'payalung'.

The occurrences of wind syndrome is normally  caused by a combination of a few problematic elements in our body. But it can also caused by a single element due to natural borne reasons.

There are many causes that could give rise to wind syndrome:

1. Season of the year and the weather
2. Changes in the environment
3. Uncontrolled diet
4. Too tired or overworked
5. Post-injuries where evil wind enters from the injuries

There are basically 3 types of wind syndromes:

1. 'Payalungwang' (The hot wind syndrome) can again be subdivided into three.
2. 'Payalungga' (The cold wind syndrome) occurs when one's energy is insufficient.
3. 'Sabalong' (The mixed wind syndrome) has many subdivisions. One of the commonly known today is rheumatism.

I shall not eleborate all of the wind syndromes mentioned in traditional Thai medicine texts as it might put you to sleep. So it is suffice to make you aware of the differences.