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.
Chinese name: 膀胱湿热
Pinyin name: Páng Guāng Shī Rè
The Heat causes burning and other Heat sensations.
In extreme cases, Dampness can materialize into urinary stones.
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Damp-Heat in the Bladder, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
The Bladder is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Bladder in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian)
Tongue coating: Yellow coating
Possible symptoms: Fever Dark Urine Turbid urine Blood in urine Feeling of heat Burning urination Urinary dribbling Painful urinary dribbling Frequent and urgent urination Hypogastric fullness and pain Thirst with no desire to drink Stony painful urinary dribbling Urination stopping in the middle of flow Urine the color of rice water (grey and cloudy)
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-Heat in the Bladder will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu), slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a tongue with yellow coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Damp-Heat in the Bladder might experience symptoms like frequent and urgent urination, burning urination, urination stopping in the middle of flow and dark urine (full list here above).
Source date: 1107 AD
Number of ingredients: 9 herbs
Key actions: Clears Heat and Fire. Promotes urination. Unblocks painful urinary dribbling.
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.
Source date: 1172 AD
Number of ingredients: 2 herbs
Key actions: Clears Summer-Heat. Drains Dampness. Supplements Qi.
Liu Yi San is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Talc (Hua Shi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1172 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dispel Summer-Heat and facilitate resolution of Dampness.
Besides Damp-Heat in the Bladder, Liu Yi San is also used to treat Summer Heat.
Source date: 1732 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Clears Heat. Warms the Kidneys. Drains Dampness. Separates the clear from the turbid.
Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Fish-Poison Yam (Bi Xie) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1732 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that warm and transform water and Dampness.
Besides Damp-Heat in the Bladder, Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin is also used to treat Spleen Deficiency with Dampness.
Try to avoid too much exposure to damp, cold and humid environments. You might consider purchasing a dehumidifier if your home or office space is affected.