Acute pyelonephritis according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, acute pyelonephritis is sometimes associated with Toxic Heat, a so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease" because both concepts arise from totally different ways of seeing the human body.

To understand whether someone's acute pyelonephritis might be caused by the pattern Toxic Heat, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from acute pyelonephritis alone. Indeed if acute pyelonephritis is caused by Toxic Heat, patients also experience symptoms such as boils, carbuncles, erythema and swellings. Similarly, patients with Toxic Heat typically exhibit rapid (Shu) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Toxic Heat so that you can have a better understanding of where acute pyelonephritis might find its root according to Chinese Medicine.

Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin, a formula that can help treat Toxic Heat.

Toxic Heat, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with acute pyelonephritis

Honeysuckle Flowers (Jin Yin Hua) is the key herb for Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin, a formula used for Toxic Heat

Toxic Heat

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

Recommended herbal formula: Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin

Symptoms: Boils Sores Erythema Swellings Carbuncles

Acute pyelonephritis might be due to Toxic Heat if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as boils, carbuncles, erythema and swellings. Similarly, patients with Toxic Heat typically exhibit rapid (Shu) pulses as well as a red tongue with yellow coating.

Read more about Toxic Heat here

Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin, a herbal formula that might help with acute pyelonephritis

Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin

Source date: 1742 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat. Resolves Toxicity. Cools the Blood. Reduces swelling.

Why might Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin help with acute pyelonephritis?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Toxic Heat, a pattern sometimes associated with acute pyelonephritis. If it looks like you might suffer from Toxic Heat, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin here

Symptoms related to acute pyelonephritis

Boils Carbuncles Erythema Swellings Sores

Most common herbs used to treat acute pyelonephritis in Chinese Medicine