Strangury according to Chinese Medicine

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Strangury 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 strangury 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 strangury is often associated with painful urinary dribbling in the pattern “Damp-Heat in the Bladder”.

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

Damp-Heat in the Bladder, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause strangury

In Chinese Medicine strangury is a symptom for the pattern "Damp-Heat in the Bladder". 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

Damp-Heat in the Bladder

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In addition to strangury, other symptoms associated with Damp-Heat in the Bladder include painful urinary dribbling.

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

Two herbal formulas that might help with strangury

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 strangury?

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

Other symptoms characteristic of Damp-Heat In The Bladder include painful urinary dribbling.

Read more about Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin here

Liu Yi San

Source date: 1172 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Clears Summer-Heat. Drains Dampness. Supplements Qi.

Why might Liu Yi San help with strangury?

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

Other symptoms characteristic of Damp-Heat In The Bladder include painful urinary dribbling.

Read more about Liu Yi San here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat strangury

Why might Fish-Poison Yam (Bi Xie) help with strangury?

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 strangury 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 Talc (Hua Shi) help with strangury?

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 strangury 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 Wax Gourd (Dong Gua) help with strangury?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat strangury as can be seen on Wax Gourd's page.

Wax Gourd is a Cool herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Bladder, the Gallbladder and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Promotes the generation of Fluids. Removes phlegm and promotes urination.

Read more about Wax Gourd here

Why might Akebia Stem (Mu Tong) help with strangury?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat strangury as can be seen on Akebia Stem's page.

Akebia Stems is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Heart, the Lung and the Small intestine.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and clears Heat. Clears Heat and inflammation of the Heart. Promotes lactation. Moves and smoothes the flow of Blood. Used for painful obstruction associated with either Dampness, Blood Stagnation, Wind or Heat.

Read more about Akebia Stems here

Why might Verbena Leaf (Ma Bian Cao) help with strangury?

Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat strangury as can be seen on Verbena Leaf's page.

Verbena Leaves is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Spleen and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moves Blood and unblocks Stasis. Encourages urination and lessens edema.

Read more about Verbena Leaves here