Bladder Calculiaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Urinary Stone Disorders

What is Bladder Calculi?

Bladder calculi, commonly known as bladder stones, are hard masses of minerals that form in the bladder. These stones can develop when the bladder doesn't empty completely, and minerals in the remaining urine crystallize. Symptoms can include lower abdominal pain, painful urination, frequent urination, and blood in the urine. In severe cases, bladder stones can obstruct the flow of urine, a condition that requires immediate medical intervention.

How Does TCM View Bladder Calculi?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches bladder calculi as a condition rooted in imbalances of the body’s Qi, or vital energy, particularly involving the urinary and kidney systems.

TCM interprets the formation of stones as a result of accumulated Dampness and Heat, leading to crystallization within the Bladder. The philosophy emphasizes that successful treatment relies on identifying the specific pattern of disharmony, whether it's an excess or deficiency, and thereby selecting the appropriate herbs and treatments to restore balance.

Causes of Bladder Calculi According to TCM

In TCM, bladder calculi are typically seen as a manifestation of underlying Damp-Heat in the Bladder affecting the urinary system. These conditions create an environment conducive to the formation of stones. For instance, Damp-Heat can result from a diet high in spicy or greasy foods, which leads to an accumulation of Heat and moisture in the Bladder.

Addressing these patterns through dietary changes, stress management, and specific TCM therapies can help prevent the formation of stones and promote overall urinary health.

TCM Herbs for Bladder Calculi

TCM recommends several herbs to address bladder calculi. Alfalfa Leaves, known in TCM as Mu Xu, are used for their ability to clear Heat and dry Dampness, making them suitable for treating Damp-Heat conditions that lead to stone formation.

Another commonly prescribed herb is Gold coin herb, or Jin Qian Cao, which is known for its effectiveness in draining Dampness and clearing Heat from the bladder and kidneys. These herbs are selected based on the individual's specific TCM pattern to aid in dissolving stones and facilitating their passage while preventing new stone formation.

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