Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner

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Pattern factsheet

Related conditions: Gout Cystitis Vaginitis and seven other conditions

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Dry mouth Dry throat Lower back pain Painful urination Urinary retention and eight other symptoms

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

Tongue coating: Sticky coating

Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner 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 Lower Burner gives rise to such diverse symptoms as scanty and yellow urine, lower back pain, weakness of the lower extremities and red and swollen feet (as well as nine others).

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 Lower Burner patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with sticky 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 Lower Burner is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as cystitis, prostatitis or glomerulonephritis (as well as seven others).

Related conditions

Cystitis Prostatitis Glomerulonephritis Urethritis Stomatitis Osteoarthritis Vaginitis Gout Spasm of the gastrocnemius muscle Urinary tract calculi

Diagnosing Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner

The Triple Burner is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Triple Burner 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 Lower Burner will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a tongue with sticky coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner might experience symptoms like scanty and yellow urine, lower back pain, weakness of the lower extremities and red and swollen feet (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner

Er Miao San

Source date: 1481 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Expels Dampness from the Lower Burner. Drains Heat from the Lower Burner.

Formula summary

Er Miao San is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Phellodendron Bark (Huang Bo) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1481 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that expel Dampness.

Besides Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, Er Miao San is also used to treat Damp-Heat.

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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-Heat in the Lower Burner, Ba Zheng San is also used to treat Damp-Heat.

Read more about Ba Zheng San

Most important herbs used to treat Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner