Damp-Heat in the Bladder

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At a glance

Key attributes

Chinese name: 膀胱湿热      Pinyin name: Páng Guāng Shī Rè

Pattern nature: Full

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fever Dark Urine Turbid urine Blood in urine Feeling of heat and five other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua), Wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: Thick sticky yellow coating on the root with red spots.

Treatment

Treatment principle: Resolve Dampness, clear Heat and open the Water passages of the Lower Burner.

Common formulas: Ba Zheng San

Pathology

This is an Excess Heat and Dampness pattern which obstructs the smooth flow of Fluids in the Lower Burner. The obstruction gives rise to difficult urination, urgent urination and turbid urine. 

The Heat causes burning and other Heat sensations.

In extreme cases, Dampness can materialize into urinary stones.

Diagnosing Damp-Heat in the Bladder

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), slippery (Hua) or wiry (Xian)

Tongue description: Thick sticky yellow coating on the root with red spots.

Main symptoms: Fever Dark Urine Turbid urine Blood in urine Feeling of heat Burning urination Frequent and urgent urination Hypogastric fullness and pain Thirst with no desire to drink Urination stopping in the middle of flow

Diagnosis commentary: Burning on urination, dark urine and difficult urination (stopping in the middle of the flow) are enough in and of themselves to diagnose Damp-Heat in the Bladder.

Treating Damp-Heat in the Bladder

Treatment principle

Resolve Dampness, clear Heat and open the Water passages of the Lower Burner.

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

Read more about Ba Zheng San

Diet recommendations

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.

Related conditions

Cystitis Heatstroke Stomach flu Gastroenteritis Urethritis Urinary stones Vaginal discharge Cloudy urine Dark urine Frequent urination Painful urination