Urinary dribbling according to Chinese Medicine

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Urinary dribbling 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 urinary dribbling 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 urinary dribbling is often associated with frequent urination, premature ejaculation and sore lower back in the pattern “Kidney Qi not Firm”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause urinary dribbling.

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

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause urinary dribbling

In Chinese Medicine urinary dribbling 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 urinary dribbling, other symptoms associated with Kidney Qi not Firm include frequent urination, premature ejaculation and sore lower back.

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 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 urinary dribbling, other symptoms associated with Kidney Yang Deficiency include frequent urination, premature ejaculation and sore lower back.

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 urinary dribbling

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 urinary dribbling?

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

Read more about You Gui Wan 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 urinary dribbling?

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

Read more about Jin Suo Gu Jing Wan here

Fu Tu Dan

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Stabilizes the Kidney Qi. Strengthens the Spleen. Stops leakage.

Why might Fu Tu Dan help with urinary dribbling?

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

Read more about Fu Tu Dan here

Qing E Wan

Source date: 1107

Number of ingredients: 3 herbs

Key actions: Warms and Reinforces Kidney Yang.

Why might Qing E Wan help with urinary dribbling?

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

Read more about Qing E 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 urinary dribbling?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Kidney Yang Deficiency' of which dripping urine is a symptom.

Read more about Ba Wei Di Huang Wan here

Acupuncture points used for urinary dribbling

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat urinary dribbling

Why might Yam (Shan Yao) help with urinary dribbling?

Because Yam is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat urinary dribbling as a symptom, like Fu Tu Dan 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 Cornelian Cherry (Shan Zhu Yu) help with urinary dribbling?

Because Cornelian Cherry is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat urinary dribbling as a symptom, like Ba Wei Di Huang Wan or Shen Qi Wan for instance.

Cornelian Cherries is a Warm herb that tastes Sour. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Preserves and tonifies the Kidney, Liver and Essence. Stops sweating and benefits the Yang and Qi. Assists menstruation and stops bleeding.

Read more about Cornelian Cherries here

Why might Cuscuta Seed (Tu Si Zi) help with urinary dribbling?

Because Cuscuta Seed is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat urinary dribbling as a symptom, like Fu Tu Dan or You Gui Wan for instance.

Cuscuta Seeds is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Kidney, the Liver and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Tonifies Kidney Yang and Essence. Nourishes the Liver.

Read more about Cuscuta Seeds here

Why might Lotus Seed (Lian Zi) help with urinary dribbling?

Because Lotus Seed is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat urinary dribbling as a symptom, like Jin Suo Gu Jing Wan or Fu Tu Dan for instance.

Lotus Seeds is a Neutral herb that tastes Sour and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Kidney and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Spleen, stops diarrhea. Strengthens the Kidneys, reinforces Essence. Nourishes the Blood and calms the mind.

Read more about Lotus Seeds here

Why might Eucommia Bark (Du Zhong) help with urinary dribbling?

Because Eucommia Bark is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat urinary dribbling as a symptom, like Qing E Wan or You Gui Wan for instance.

Eucommia Bark is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Liver and Kidneys. Calms ascendant Liver Yang (hypertension/high blood pressure). Calms a restless fetus.

Read more about Eucommia Bark here