The information provided here is not a replacement for a doctor. You shouldn't use it for the purpose of self-diagnosing or self-medicating but rather so you can have a more informed discussion with a professional TCM practitioner.
In Chinese Medicine, dark urine is sometimes associated with Damp-Heat in the Bladder, 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 dark urine might be caused by the pattern Damp-Heat in the Bladder, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from dark urine alone. Indeed if dark urine is caused by Damp-Heat in the Bladder, patients also experience symptoms such as urine the color of rice water (grey and cloudy) and urinary dribbling.
We've listed below a more detailed description of Damp-Heat in the Bladder so that you can have a better understanding of where dark urine 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 Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin, a formula that can help treat Damp-Heat in the Bladder.
The Bladder is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Bladder in Chinese Medicine
Tongue coating: Yellow coating
Recommended herbal formula: Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin
Source date: 1732 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Clears Heat. Warms the Kidneys. Drains Dampness. Separates the clear from the turbid.
Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Damp-Heat in the Bladder, a pattern sometimes associated with dark urine. If it looks like you might suffer from Damp-Heat in the Bladder, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).