Urination at night according to Chinese Medicine

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Urination at night 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 urination at night 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 urination at night is often associated with premature ejaculation, lower back pain and cold and weak knees in the pattern “Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of urination at night we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Li Zhong Wan can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause urination at night

In Chinese Medicine urination at night is a symptom for the pattern "Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

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

Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency

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

In addition to urination at night, other symptoms associated with Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency include premature ejaculation, lower back pain and cold and weak knees.

Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency is often treated with Li Zhong Wan, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Dried Ginger - Gan Jiang - as a key herb). Li Zhong Wan 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 the Middle Burner".

Read more about Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency here

A herbal formula that might help with urination at night

Li Zhong Wan

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Warms the Middle Burner. Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach.

Why might Li Zhong Wan help with urination at night?

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

Other symptoms characteristic of Kidney And Spleen Yang Deficiency include premature ejaculation, lower back pain and cold and weak knees.

Read more about Li Zhong Wan here

Dried ginger might help with urination at night

Why might Dried Ginger (Gan Jiang) help with urination at night?

Because it is a key herb in Li Zhong Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney and Spleen Yang Deficiency' (a pattern with urination at night as a symptom)

Dried Ginger is a Hot herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Stomach, the Heart, the Kidney and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Warms the Spleen and expels Cold. Restores collapse of Yang and expels Interior Cold. Warms the Lungs and assists expectoration of Cold Phlegm. Stops chronic bleeding caused by Cold.

Read more about Dried Ginger here