Damp-Heat in the Bladder

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Damp-Heat in the Bladder is a pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine views the human body as a complex system that tends toward harmony. A pattern of disharmony is a disorder that prevents that harmony from occurring.

Patterns give rise to symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated from a Western standpoint but that actually make a lot of sense when one understands Chinese Medicine theory. For instance here Damp-Heat in the Bladder gives rise to such diverse symptoms as painful urinary dribbling, stony painful urinary dribbling, urine the color of rice water (grey and cloudy) and urinary dribbling.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Damp-Heat in the Bladder patients tend to exhibit a tongue with yellow coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Damp-Heat in the Bladder is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as cystitis, heatstroke or stomach flu (as well as eight others).

Related conditions

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

Diagnosing Damp-Heat in the Bladder

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

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 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 painful urinary dribbling, stony painful urinary dribbling, urine the color of rice water (grey and cloudy) and urinary dribbling.

Herbal formulas used to treat Damp-Heat in the Bladder

Liu Yi San

Source date: 1172 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Clears Summer-Heat. Drains Dampness. Supplements Qi.

Formula summary

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.

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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.

Formula summary

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.

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Most important herbs used to treat Damp-Heat in the Bladder