Painful urination according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, painful urination 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 painful urination 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 painful urination alone. Indeed if painful urination 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 painful urination 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.

Damp-Heat in the Bladder, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with painful urination

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

Damp-Heat in the Bladder

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Recommended herbal formula: Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin

Symptoms: Urinary dribbling Urine the color of rice water (grey and cloudy)

Painful urination might be due to Damp-Heat in the Bladder if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as urine the color of rice water (grey and cloudy) and urinary dribbling.

Read more about Damp-Heat in the Bladder here

Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin, a herbal formula that might help with painful urination

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.

Why might Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin help with painful urination?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Damp-Heat in the Bladder, a pattern sometimes associated with painful urination. 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).

Read more about Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin here

Most common herbs used to treat painful urination in Chinese Medicine