Pale and abudant urination according to Chinese Medicine

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 frequent urination, lower back pain and dizziness in the pattern “Bladder 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 five 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 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, 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

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

Kidney Yang Deficiency

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

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Tongue color: Pale

Tongue shape: Swollen

Kidney Yang Deficiency causes Internal Cold and weakness.

In addition to pale and abudant urination, other symptoms associated with Kidney Yang Deficiency include frequent urination, lower back pain and dizziness.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Kidney Yang Deficiency is associated with health issues such as Late Menstruation, Menopausal Syndrome or Irregular Menstruation.

Kidney Yang Deficiency is often treated with Ba Wei Di Huang Wan, a herbal formula made of 8 herbs (including Prepared Rehmannia - Shu Di huang - as a key herb). Ba Wei Di Huang Wan belongs to the category of "formulas that nourish yin and tonify", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Tonifies Yang".

Read more about Kidney Yang Deficiency here

Five herbal formulas that might help with pale and abudant urination

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 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.

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 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.

Read more about Suo Quan Wan here

Ba Wei Di Huang Wan

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 8 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Yang. Warms the Kidneys and lower extremities.

Why might Ba Wei Di Huang Wan help with pale and abudant urination?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney Yang Deficiency' of which pale and abudant urination is a symptom.

Read more about Ba Wei Di Huang Wan here

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 pale and abudant urination?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney Yang Deficiency' of which pale and abudant urination is a symptom.

Read more about You Gui Wan here

Er Xian Tang

Source date: 1950 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Yin and tonifies Yang of the Kidneys. Clears Empty Heat. Regulates the Directing and Penetrating Vessels.

Why might Er Xian Tang help with pale and abudant urination?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney Yang Deficiency' of which pale and abudant urination is a symptom.

Read more about Er Xian Tang here

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

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 Ba Wei Di Huang Wan for instance.

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

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 Prepared Aconite (Zhi Fu Zi) help with pale and abudant urination?

Because Prepared Aconite is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat pale and abudant urination as a symptom, like You Gui Wan or Shen Qi Wan for instance.

Prepared Aconite is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Kidney and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Raises the collapse of Yang. Warms the meridians and relieves pain caused by Cold. Reduces Damp caused by Deficiency in Yang.

Read more about Prepared Aconite here

Why might Dong Quai (Dang Gui) help with pale and abudant urination?

Because Dong Quai is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat pale and abudant urination as a symptom, like Er Xian Tang or Sang Piao Xiao San for instance.

Dong Quai is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Liver and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood. Lubricates the Intestines. Relieve constipation. Promotes circulation and dispels Bi Pain. Reduce Dysmenorrhea and help with irregular menstruation.

Read more about Dong Quai here

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

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat pale and abudant urination as a symptom, like Shen Ling Bai Zhu San or Ba Wei Di Huang Wan for instance.

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

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

Read more about Poria-Cocos Mushrooms here

Why might Cinnamon Bark (Rou Gui) help with pale and abudant urination?

Because Cinnamon Bark is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat pale and abudant urination as a symptom, like Xiao Jian Zhong Tang or You Gui Wan for instance.

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

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