Damp-Cold in the Bladder

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At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 膀胱湿寒      Pinyin name: Páng Guāng Shī Hán

Pattern nature: Full

Causes

Precursor patterns: Kidney Yang Deficiency Spleen Qi Deficiency

Common causes: Excessive exposure to exterior Dampness and Cold

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Pale urine Turbid urine Frequent and urgent urination Feeling of heaviness in urethra Urination stopping in the middle of flow and one other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua), Slow (Chi)

Tongue description: White sticky coating on root

Treatment

Treatment principle: Resolve Dampness, expel Cold and remove obstruction from the Lower Burner’s Water passages.

Common formulas: Ba Zheng San Wu Lin San Shi Wei San

Pathology

This pattern is distinguished by the presence of Cold and Dampness in the Bladder.

The Coldness and Dampness obstruct the passages of Fluids in the Lower Burner and interfere with the Bladder functions.

The urgent and difficult urination as well as the feeling of heaviness are typical of Dampness. The 'dirty' nature of Dampness causes the urine to be turbid.

Causes

Precursor patterns: Damp-Cold in the Bladder can derive from Kidney Yang Deficiency Spleen Qi Deficiency

Excessive exposure to exterior Dampness and Cold: Exposure to Exterior Dampness and Cold, typically from humid and damp cold environments, may lead to this pattern

Diagnosing Damp-Cold in the Bladder

Pulse type(s): Slippery (Hua) or slow (Chi)

Tongue description: White sticky coating on root

Main symptoms: Pale urine Turbid urine Frequent and urgent urination Feeling of heaviness in urethra Urination stopping in the middle of flow Feeling of heaviness in the hypogastrium

Diagnosis commentary: Difficult urination, a feeling of heaviness of the hypogastrium and pale urine are enough in and of themselves to diagnose Damp-Cold in the Bladder

Treating Damp-Cold in the Bladder

Treatment principle

Resolve Dampness, expel Cold and remove obstruction from the Lower Burner’s Water passages.

Herbal formulas used to treat Damp-Cold in the Bladder

Ba Zheng San

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat and Fire. Promotes urination. Unblocks painful urinary dribbling.

Formula summary

Ba Zheng San is a 9-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1107 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and expel dampness.

Besides Damp-Cold in the Bladder, Ba Zheng San is also used to treat Damp-Heat or Damp-Heat in the Bladder.

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Wu Lin San

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Clears heat. Cools the Blood. Promotes urination. Unblocks painful urinary dribbling.

Formula summary

Wu Lin San is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1107 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and expel dampness.

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Shi Wei San

Source date: 1687 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Clears heat. Promotes the resolution of Dampness. Unblocks painful urinary dribbling. Expels stones.

Formula summary

Shi Wei San is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula. Invented in 1687 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat and expel dampness.

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Diet recommendations

Try to avoid excessive exposure to cold and damp environments

Consequence patterns

Kidney Yang Deficiency

Damp-Cold in the Bladder obstructs the Lower Burner, which may lead to Kidney Yang Deficiency