Damp-Cold in the Bladder

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 膀胱湿寒

Pinyin name: Páng Guāng Shī Hán

Associated TCM concepts: Dampness Cold evil Bladder

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

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.

Diagnosing Damp-Cold in the Bladder

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

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

Tongue description: White sticky coating on root

Possible 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

Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.

In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Damp-Cold in the Bladder will tend to exhibit slippery (Hua) or slow (Chi) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Damp-Cold in the Bladder might experience symptoms like frequent and urgent urination, urination stopping in the middle of flow, feeling of heaviness in the hypogastrium and feeling of heaviness in urethra (full list here above).

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 with Chinese Pink Herbs (Qu Mai) and Knotgrass (Bian Xu) as principal ingredients. 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 with Cape Jasmine Fruits (Zhi Zi) as a principal ingredient. 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