Nocturia according to Chinese Medicine

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Nocturia 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 nocturia 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 nocturia is often associated with frequent urination, lower back pain and dizziness in the pattern “Bladder Deficient and Cold”.

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

We’ve also selected below the two medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat nocturia.

Bladder Deficient and Cold, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause nocturia

In Chinese Medicine nocturia is a symptom for the pattern "Bladder Deficient and Cold". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Bladder Deficient and Cold

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

In addition to nocturia, other symptoms associated with Bladder Deficient and Cold include frequent urination, lower back pain and dizziness.

Bladder Deficient and Cold is often treated with Sang Piao Xiao San, a herbal formula made of 8 herbs (including Praying Mantis Egg-Cases - Sang Piao Shao - as a key herb). Sang Piao Xiao San belongs to the category of "formulas that secure essence and stop enuresis", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Regulates and tonifies the Heart and Kidneys".

Read more about Bladder Deficient and Cold here

Two herbal formulas that might help with nocturia

Sang Piao Xiao San

Source date: 1116 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Regulates and tonifies the Heart and Kidneys. Stabilizes the Essence. Stops leakage.

Why might Sang Piao Xiao San help with nocturia?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Bladder Deficient and Cold' of which nocturia is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Bladder Deficient And Cold include frequent urination, lower back pain and dizziness.

Read more about Sang Piao Xiao San here

Suo Quan Wan

Source date: 1227 AD

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Kidneys. Dispels cold. Reduces urinary frequency. Stops leakage.

Why might Suo Quan Wan help with nocturia?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Bladder Deficient and Cold' of which nocturia is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Bladder Deficient And Cold include frequent urination, lower back pain and dizziness.

Read more about Suo Quan Wan here

The two Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat nocturia

Why might Praying Mantis Egg-Case (Sang Piao Shao) help with nocturia?

Because it is a key herb in Sang Piao Xiao San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Bladder Deficient and Cold' (a pattern with nocturia as a symptom)

Praying Mantis Egg-Cases is a Neutral herb that tastes Salty and Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies Kidneys and strengthens Yang. Restrains Essence and decreases urination.

Read more about Praying Mantis Egg-Cases here

Why might Sharp-Leaf Galangal Fruit (Yi Zhi Ren) help with nocturia?

Because it is a key herb in Suo Quan Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Bladder Deficient and Cold' (a pattern with nocturia as a symptom)

Sharp-Leaf Galangal Fruits is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Spleen and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Tonifies Kidney Yang and consolidates Kidney Qi. Warms the Spleen and stops diarrhea and salivation.

Read more about Sharp-Leaf Galangal Fruits here