Dribbling after urination according to Chinese Medicine

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Dribbling after urination 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 dribbling after urination 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 dribbling after urination is often associated with back pain, vaginal discharge and frequent urination in the pattern “Kidney Qi not Firm”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause dribbling after urination.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of dribbling after urination we’ve identified three 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 dribbling after urination.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause dribbling after urination

In Chinese Medicine dribbling after urination is a symptom for 2 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

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

Kidney Qi not Firm

Pulse type(s): Deep (Chen), Weak (Ruo)

Tongue color: Pale

Kidney Qi not Firm means Kidney Qi Deficiency. Two characteristics are typical in this pattern. Firstly, it is a type of Kidney Yang Deficiency with the associated Cold symptoms. Secondly, it is a type of sinking of Kidneys Qi, thus with many ‘leaking’ downwards symptoms.

In addition to dribbling after urination, other symptoms associated with Kidney Qi not Firm include back pain, vaginal discharge and frequent urination.

Kidney Qi not Firm is often treated with You Gui Wan, a herbal formula made of 10 herbs (including Prepared Aconite - Zhi Fu Zi - as a key herb). You Gui Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that warm yang and tonify", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms and tonifies Kidney Yang".

Read more about Kidney Qi not Firm here

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

Damp-Heat in the Bladder

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Damp-Heat in the Bladder is often treated with Liu Yi San, a herbal formula made of 2 herbs (including Talc - Hua Shi - as a key herb). Liu Yi San belongs to the category of "formulas that dispel summer-heat and facilitate resolution of dampness", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Clears Summer-Heat".

Read more about Damp-Heat in the Bladder here

Three herbal formulas that might help with dribbling after urination

You Gui Wan

Source date: 1624 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies Kidney Yang. Replenishes the Essence. Tonifies the Blood.

Why might You Gui Wan help with dribbling after urination?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney Qi not Firm' of which dribbling after urination is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Kidney Qi Not Firm include back pain, vaginal discharge and frequent urination.

Read more about You Gui Wan here

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.

Why might Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin help with dribbling after urination?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat in the Bladder' of which dribbling after urination is a symptom.

Read more about Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin here

Jin Suo Gu Jing Wan

Source date: 1682 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Stabilizes the Kidneys. Binds up the semen.

Why might Jin Suo Gu Jing Wan help with dribbling after urination?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney Qi not Firm' of which dribbling after urination is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Kidney Qi Not Firm include back pain, vaginal discharge and frequent urination.

Read more about Jin Suo Gu Jing Wan here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat dribbling after urination

Why might Cinnamon Bark (Rou Gui) help with dribbling after urination?

Because it is a key herb in You Gui Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney Qi not Firm' (a pattern with dribbling after urination as a symptom)

Cinnamon Bark is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Warms the Spleen and Kidneys and tonifies the Yang. Expels Cold, Warms the meridians, promotes circulation of Qi and Blood and relieves pain. Used with tonics to assist in the generation of Qi and Blood.

Read more about Cinnamon Bark here

Why might Talc (Hua Shi) help with dribbling after urination?

Because it is a key herb in Liu Yi San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat in the Bladder' (a pattern with dribbling after urination as a symptom)

Talc is a Cold herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Bladder and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination. Expels Damp-Heat from the Urinary Bladder. Dispels Summer Heat. Dries Dampness when applied topically.

Read more about Talc here

Why might Fish-Poison Yam (Bi Xie) help with dribbling after urination?

Because it is a key herb in Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Damp-Heat in the Bladder' (a pattern with dribbling after urination as a symptom)

Fish-Poison Yam is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Bladder, the Stomach and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and eliminates cloudy urine. Eliminates Wind-Damp. Relieves Damp-Heat from the skin.

Read more about Fish-Poison Yam here

Why might Milkvetch Seeds (Sha Yuan Zi) help with dribbling after urination?

Because it is a key herb in Jin Suo Gu Jing Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney Qi not Firm' (a pattern with dribbling after urination as a symptom)

Milkvetch Seeds is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies Kidney Yang. Consolidates Essence and semen. Strengthens vision.

Read more about Milkvetch Seeds here

Why might Deer Antler Glue (Lu Jiao Jiao) help with dribbling after urination?

Because it is a key herb in You Gui Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney Qi not Firm' (a pattern with dribbling after urination as a symptom)

Deer Antler Glue is a Warm herb that tastes Salty and Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Yang tonification of the Kidneys and Liver, and to nourish vital Essence and Blood

Read more about Deer Antler Glue here