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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).
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 Lower Burner, 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.
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Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua)
Tongue coating: Sticky coating
Possible symptoms: Dry mouth Dry throat Lower back pain Painful urination Urinary retention Red and swollen feet Lower abdominal pain Red and swollen knees Scanty and dark urine Scanty and yellow urine Sores on the lower extremities Weakness of the lower extremities Thick yellow smelly vaginal discharge
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).
Source date: 1481 AD
Number of ingredients: 2 herbs
Key actions: Expels Dampness from the Lower Burner. Drains Heat from the Lower Burner.
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.
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.
Besides Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner, Ba Zheng San is also used to treat Damp-Heat.