Blood in urine according to Chinese Medicine

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Blood in urine can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like blood in urine here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here blood in urine is often associated with dizziness, sticky vaginal discharge and irregular menstruation in the pattern “Damp-Heat”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of blood in urine we’ve identified two herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the five medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat blood in urine.

Damp-Heat, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause blood in urine

In Chinese Medicine blood in urine is a symptom for the pattern "Damp-Heat". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Phellodendron Bark (Huang Bo) is the king ingredient for Er Miao San, a formula used for Damp-Heat

Damp-Heat

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

Tongue coating: Sticky coating, Yellow coating

Tongue color: Red

In addition to blood in urine, other symptoms associated with Damp-Heat include dizziness, sticky vaginal discharge and irregular menstruation.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Damp-Heat is associated with health issues such as Menstrual Cramps, Intermenstrual Bleeding or Abnormal Vaginal Discharge.

Damp-Heat is often treated with Er Miao San, a herbal formula made of 2 herbs (including Phellodendron Bark - Huang Bo - as a key herb). Er Miao San belongs to the category of "formulas that expel dampness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Expels Dampness from the Lower Burner".

Read more about Damp-Heat here

Two herbal formulas that might help with blood in urine

Yi Huang Tang

Source date: 1826 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Strengthens the Spleen. Dries Dampness. Clears Heat. Stops vaginal discharge.

Why might Yi Huang Tang help with blood in urine?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat' of which blood in urine is a symptom.

According to Chinese Medicine, Damp-Heat can contribute to many health issues, including Abnormal Vaginal Discharge.

Read more about Yi Huang Tang here

Long Dan Xie Gan Tang

Source date: 1682 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Clears Heat and Fire from the Liver and Gallbladder. Clears and drains Damp-Heat from the Lower Burner.

Why might Long Dan Xie Gan Tang help with blood in urine?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat' of which blood in urine is a symptom.

According to Chinese Medicine, Damp-Heat can contribute to many health issues, including Abnormal Vaginal Discharge.

Read more about Long Dan Xie Gan Tang here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat blood in urine

Why might Plantain Seed (Che Qian Zi) help with blood in urine?

Because Plantain Seed is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat blood in urine as a symptom, like Yi Huang Tang or Long Dan Xie Gan Tang for instance.

Plantain Seeds is a Cool herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Kidney, the Liver, the Lung and the Small intestine.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and clears Heat. Stops diarrhea by expelling water through urination. Brightens the eyes, used in combination either for Deficiency or Heat. Reduces inflammation of infections. Arrests cough and expectorates Phlegm.

Read more about Plantain Seeds here

Why might Foxnut Seed (Qian Shi) help with blood in urine?

Because it is a key herb in Yi Huang Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern '' (a pattern with blood in urine as a symptom)

Foxnut Seeds is a Neutral herb that tastes Sour and Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen and stops diarrhea. Strengthens the Kidneys and restrains Essence. Dispels Dampness and relieves leukorrhea.

Read more about Foxnut Seeds here

Why might Chinese Gentian (Long Dan Cao) help with blood in urine?

Because it is a key herb in Long Dan Xie Gan Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern '' (a pattern with blood in urine as a symptom)

Chinese Gentian is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder, the Heart, the Large intestine, the Liver and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Expels Damp-Heat especially in the Liver and Gallbladder Meridians. Clears Liver-Fire. Clears Liver-Wind.

Read more about Chinese Gentian here

Why might Yam (Shan Yao) help with blood in urine?

Because it is a key herb in Yi Huang Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern '' (a pattern with blood in urine as a symptom)

Yam is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen and Stomach. Tonifies the Lung Qi and nourishes the Lung Yin. Nourishes the Kidneys and consolidates Jing.

Read more about Yam here

Why might Eclipta Herb (Mo Han Lian) help with blood in urine?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat blood in urine as can be seen on Eclipta Herb's page.

Eclipta Herbs is a Cold herb that tastes Sour and Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies Yin of the Liver and Kidneys. Clears Blood Heat and stops bleeding.

Read more about Eclipta Herbs here

Conditions associated with blood in urine

Abnormal vaginal discharge