Chronic Urethritisaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Urinary Tract Infections and Inflammations

Parent symptom: Urethritis

What is Chronic Urethritis?

Chronic urethritis is a prolonged inflammation of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to be expelled from the body. Unlike its acute counterpart, which resolves relatively quickly, chronic urethritis lingers and can cause persistent symptoms such as a burning sensation during urination, an increased urge to urinate, and discomfort in the pelvic area. Due to its lingering nature, chronic urethritis can significantly affect a person's quality of life and may require a multifaceted approach to treatment.

How Does TCM View Chronic Urethritis?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views chronic urethritis through the lens of imbalance within the body's energetic pathways. According to TCM, long-standing urethritis may be the result of persistent disharmonies such as Dampness or Heat lingering in the Lower Burner, or a Deficiency in the body's vital Qi or Yang energy.

Correctly identifying the disharmony is pivotal because each pattern requires a specific treatment strategy aimed at restoring balance and addressing the root of the condition rather than just alleviating the symptoms.

Causes of Chronic Urethritis According to TCM

TCM posits that chronic urethritis may originate from deep-seated imbalances such as Kidney Yang Deficiency, which can cause a sensation of cold and weaken the flow of Qi, leading to urinary symptoms.

Another cause could be Protective Qi Deficiency, which leaves the body vulnerable to persistent external pathogens, manifesting in recurrent urinary issues. Recognizing and treating these underlying causes is a cornerstone of TCM practice, as it targets the holistic improvement of the individual's health, aiming to fortify the body's defenses and restore proper urinary function.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Chronic Urethritis

To address chronic urethritis, TCM relies on an array of herbal formulas, each corresponding to the individual's specific disharmony. Shen Qi Wan, which includes Prepared aconite, is often prescribed to warm and tonify Kidney Yang, thereby aiding in the resolution of symptoms caused by Yang Deficiency.

For those suffering from Protective Qi Deficiency, Yu Ping Feng San with Milkvetch Roots may be employed to bolster the Protective Qi and enhance the body's natural resilience. These herbal formulas are carefully chosen based on a thorough TCM diagnosis, providing a tailored approach to treat chronic urethritis effectively.

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address chronic urethritis, organized by formula type.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that warm yang and tonify
  • Formulas that tonify qi

TCM Herbs for Chronic Urethritis

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address chronic urethritis, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that warm the interior and/or expel cold
  • Warm/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency