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 diminished hearing, dizziness and tinnitus in the pattern “Kidney Qi 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 Qing E Wan can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Kidney Qi Deficiency, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause urination at night

In Chinese Medicine urination at night is a symptom for the pattern "Kidney Qi 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 Qi Deficiency

Pulse type(s): Weak (Ruo)

Characterised by frequent urination as the most distinguishing symptom. Kidney Qi Deficiency can be a precursor of Heart Qi Deficiency.

In addition to urination at night, other symptoms associated with Kidney Qi Deficiency include diminished hearing, dizziness and tinnitus.

Kidney Qi Deficiency is often treated with Qing E Wan, a herbal formula made of 3 herbs (including Eucommia Bark - Du Zhong - as a key herb). Qing E 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 Reinforces Kidney Yang".

Read more about Kidney Qi Deficiency here

A herbal formula that might help with urination at night

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 urination at night?

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

Other symptoms characteristic of Kidney Qi Deficiency include diminished hearing, dizziness and tinnitus.

Read more about Qing E Wan here

The three Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat urination at night

Why might Eucommia Bark (Du Zhong) help with urination at night?

Because it is an ingredient in Qing E Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney Qi Deficiency' (a pattern with urination at night as a symptom)

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

Why might Psoralea Fruit (Bu Gu Zhi) help with urination at night?

Because it is an ingredient in Qing E Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney Qi Deficiency' (a pattern with urination at night as a symptom)

Psoralea Fruits is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Spleen and the Kidney.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Kidney and Spleen Yang and rises Kidney Qi. Prevent Essence leakage and holds urines.

Read more about Psoralea Fruits here

Why might Walnut (Hu Tao Ren) help with urination at night?

Because it is an ingredient in Qing E Wan, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Kidney Qi Deficiency' (a pattern with urination at night as a symptom)

Walnuts is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Kidney, the Large intestine and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies Kidney Yang. Assists the Kidney Qi to grasp the Qi of the Lungs while Warming and astringent to the Lungs. Lubricates the Intestines. Helps with urinary stones. Applied topically for superficial inflammation.

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Other symptoms often associated with urination at night

Diminished hearing Dizziness Tinnitus Back pain Frequent urination Premature ejaculation Heavy periods