Pale and abudant urination according to Chinese Medicine

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Pale and abudant 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 pale and abudant 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 pale and abudant urination is often associated with borborygmi, desire for hot drinks and diarrhea in the pattern “Small Intestine Deficient and Cold”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause pale and abudant urination.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of pale and abudant 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 pale and abudant urination.

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause pale and abudant urination

In Chinese Medicine pale and abudant 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 Small Intestine is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Small Intestine in Chinese Medicine

Small Intestine Deficient and Cold

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

In addition to pale and abudant urination, other symptoms associated with Small Intestine Deficient and Cold include borborygmi, desire for hot drinks and diarrhea.

Small Intestine Deficient and Cold is often treated with Xiao Jian Zhong Tang, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Maltose - Yi Tang - as a key herb). Xiao Jian Zhong Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Warms and tonifies the Middle Burner (Spleen and Stomach)".

Read more about Small Intestine Deficient and Cold here

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 pale and abudant urination, other symptoms associated with Bladder Deficient and Cold include frequent urination, enuresis and lower back pain.

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

Three herbal formulas that might help with pale and abudant urination

Shen Ling Bai Zhu San

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Augments the Qi. Strengthens the Spleen. Leaches out Dampness. Stops diarrhea.

Why might Shen Ling Bai Zhu San help with pale and abudant urination?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Small Intestine Deficient and Cold' of which pale and abudant urination is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Small Intestine Deficient And Cold include borborygmi, desire for hot drinks and diarrhea.

Read more about Shen Ling Bai Zhu 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 pale and abudant urination?

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

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

Read more about Suo Quan Wan here

Xiao Jian Zhong Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Warms and tonifies the Middle Burner (Spleen and Stomach). Tonifies Qi. Relieves spasmodic pain.

Why might Xiao Jian Zhong Tang help with pale and abudant urination?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Small Intestine Deficient and Cold' of which pale and abudant urination is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Small Intestine Deficient And Cold include borborygmi, desire for hot drinks and diarrhea.

Read more about Xiao Jian Zhong Tang here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat pale and abudant urination

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with pale and abudant urination?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat pale and abudant urination as a symptom, like Shen Ling Bai Zhu San or Xiao Jian Zhong Tang for instance.

Liquorice is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs.

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Why might Yam (Shan Yao) help with pale and abudant urination?

Because Yam is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat pale and abudant urination as a symptom, like Suo Quan Wan or Shen Ling Bai Zhu San for instance.

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 Ginseng (Ren Shen) help with pale and abudant urination?

Because Ginseng is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat pale and abudant urination as a symptom, like Shen Ling Bai Zhu San or Sang Piao Xiao San for instance.

Ginseng is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Very strongly tonifies the Qi. Tonifies the Lungs and Spleen. Assists the body in the secretion of Fluids and stops thirst. Strengthens the Heart and calms the Shen (mind/spirit).

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Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with pale and abudant urination?

Because it is a key herb in Shen Ling Bai Zhu San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Small Intestine Deficient and Cold' (a pattern with pale and abudant urination as a symptom)

Poria-Cocos Mushrooms is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and drains Dampness. Tonic to the Spleen/Stomach. Assists the Heart and calms the Spirit.

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Why might Maltose (Yi Tang) help with pale and abudant urination?

Because it is a key herb in Xiao Jian Zhong Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Small Intestine Deficient and Cold' (a pattern with pale and abudant urination as a symptom)

Maltose is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Fortifies Qi and tonifies the Spleen. Soothes and tonifies the Middle Warmer. Lubricates the Lungs.

Read more about Maltose here