UTI (urinary tract infections) commonly known as bladder infections, occur due to the presence of bacteria in the kidneys, ureters, urethra or bladder. Women are more likely to suffer from UTIs as compared to men. Women in the age groups of 20 to 50 years are particularly more susceptible to these infections. Statistics indicate that nearly 90% of women in the United States alone will experience at least one recurring episode of bladder infection in their lifetime.Western medicine usually treats bladder infections with antibiotics; however, over the course of time, many bacterial strains become resistant to these. So women with recurring UTIs need to seek alternative treatments to combat their symptoms. In many cases, this leads to expensive hospitalizations, not to mention the agony caused by the infection itself. Thankfully, many alternative and complementary modalities are known to cure bladder infections quite effectively. Primary among these is the Chinese UTI treatment.
Is Chinese medicine for bladder infection effective?
Chinese cure for UTI believes in eradicating the infection from its roots. Traditional Chinese herbalists or TCM practitioners also believe that bladder infections occur due to kidney yin deficiency. This is the main reason why people suffering from such infections also get night sweats and other heat related symptoms. So Chinese cure for UTI seeks to restore the cooling aspects of the kidneys and diminish the heat generated by the organ. Only this can prevent chronic inflammation. Typically, Chinese herbs for bladder infection include ones that strengthen the yin such as Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan. Naturally, an experienced TCM practitioner will take complete history and determine your exact symptoms before prescribing the right Chinese cure for UTI.
Typical symptoms of UTI
- Fever and chills
- Aches and pains
- Stomach, lower back pain
- Difficulty in emptying the bladder
- The urge to pee frequently but hardly producing any urine at all-just a few drops at a time.
- Tongue may also be coated with a yellow discharge
Based on these symptoms, the herbalist might also recommend Long Dan Xie Gan Wan which is a powerful herbal decoction to treat all kinds of urinary problems. Another traditional Chinese cure for UTI is the Ba Zheng San which is an 8 ingredient powder that can positively correct urinary disturbances. Yishenkang granules are also prescribed to women with recurrent UTIs. This Chinese UTI cure is known to rectify the disturbances on Kidney Qi (or Chi) to correct immune functions.
TCM Approach to Prevent UTIs: Remediating Damp Heat
TCM practitioners call the Kidney and bladder system as the “Lower Burner” which is responsible for separating clean body fluids from the dirty body fluids. Infections occur due to accumulation of damp heat in the kidneys, bladder etc. Damp heat accumulation can arise due to consumption of hot and spicy foods, certain kinds of drugs, excess alcohol, meals high in fats and sweets, illness, aging, menopause, emotional stress, lack of hygiene, sexual intercourse during menstruation, or even direct attack by microorganisms like bacteria and fungi.The symptoms of Damp Heat Accumulation are also similar to UTI infections: thick yellow-whitish coating on the tongue, rapid pulse, pain in back and lower abdomen, frequent desire to urinate but not produce any urine, alternating cycles of fever and chills, and bitter taste in the oral cavity.
Following UTI specific Chinese herbs are given in case of Damp Heat accumulation:
- Mu Tong-Akebia stem for increasing urination
- Che Qian Zi- Plantain
- Bian Xu-knot grass
- Qu Mei-Dianthus
- Hua Shi- Talc
- Dai Huang-Rhubarb
- Zhi Zi-Gardenia
- Gan Cao -Licorice
Cystitis and Nephritis are both indicative of Damp Heat accumulation and can be treated using these aforementioned Chinese UTI cures.
TCM Approach to prevent UTIs: Spleen kidney deficiency pattern correction
TCM practitioners also believe that certain types of UTIs, especially those in women of the child bearing or menopausal ages can occur due to Spleen kidney deficiency. Chronic illness, immunity issues, slower recovery following pregnancy, inadequately treated health issues etc can all give rise to spleen kidney deficiency. The symptoms of this type of UTI include: soreness or pain in lower back, dull ache while urinating, sporadic urination, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, pale tongue and face, and very weak pulse. The Herbalist might then recommend following UTI Chinese herbs
- Shan Yao-Dioscorea
- Fu Ling-Poria
- Shan Zhu Yu- Cornus
- Tu Si Zi-Cuscuta
- Niu Xi -Cyathula
Herbalists may also ask patients to avoid eating sweets during the course of the therapy. A source of protein is recommended with every meal to make the urine more acidic. This will make it less favorable to the bacterium. It is advisable to avoid sexual activity during the course of Chinese UTI treatment and also prevent damp environment by wearing clean cotton underwear.