Chronic pyelonephritis according to Chinese Medicine

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Chronic pyelonephritis factsheet

In Chinese Medicine, chronic pyelonephritis can be associated with two 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", as a matter of fact here chronic pyelonephritis can be caused by two different patterns.

To understand whether someone's chronic pyelonephritis might be caused by a given pattern, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from chronic pyelonephritis alone. For instance when chronic pyelonephritis is caused by the pattern Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang, patients also experience symptoms such as menopausal symptoms, hypertension, irregular menstruation and hot flushes.

We've listed below a description of the two patterns associated with chronic pyelonephritis so that you can start to get an understanding of the various possibilities 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 three formulas that can help treat the various patterns associated with chronic pyelonephritis, depending on which pattern fits your profile.

The two "patterns of disharmony" associated with chronic pyelonephritis

The Kidneys is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Kidneys in Chinese Medicine

Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang

Chronic pyelonephritis might be due to Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as menopausal symptoms, hypertension, irregular menstruation and hot flushes.

Read more about Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang here

Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency

Recommended herbal formula: Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang

Symptoms: Emaciation Night fever

Chronic pyelonephritis might be due to Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as night fever and emaciation.

Read more about Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency here

The three herbal formulas that might help with chronic pyelonephritis

Er Xian Tang

Source date: 1950 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Yin and tonifies Yang of the Kidneys. Clears Empty Heat. Regulates the Directing and Penetrating Vessels.

Why might Er Xian Tang help with chronic pyelonephritis?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang, a pattern sometimes associated with chronic pyelonephritis. If it looks like you might suffer from Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Er Xian Tang here

Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang

Source date: 1798 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes the Yin and clears Heat.

Why might Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang help with chronic pyelonephritis?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency, a pattern sometimes associated with chronic pyelonephritis. If it looks like you might suffer from Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

Read more about Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang here

Wan Dai Tang

Source date: 1826 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies the Middle Burner. Removes Dampness. Stops vaginal discharge. Strengthens the Spleen.

Why might Wan Dai Tang help with chronic pyelonephritis?

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

Read more about Wan Dai Tang here