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TCM Urinary Tract Infections

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A healthy urinary tract is the most desirable, particularly for women who had a urinary tract infection and are at risk for more infections. Women are affected by urinary tract infections 25 times more often than men. Between the ages of 20 and 50, women are 50 times more likely to get this type of infection. Statistics indicate that up to 90 per cent of women in this country will have at least one episode of recurrent urinary tract infections in their lives.

Urinary Tract Infections: East and West
On the basis of the ancient medical texts, the treatment of urinary problems involved in Chinese medicine since the earliest times. The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine, written 2300 years ago, studied the effectiveness of treatments for urinary tract infections (classified as "stranguria"), using acupuncture and treatments based on plants that are still use today. French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur in 1862 results on how germs cause disease has revolutionized scientific theories on infectious diseases, including urinary tract infections. Antibiotics have been prescribed since the Second War World, based on the discovery in 1928 by British bacteriologist Alexander Fleming of penicillin, the first antibiotic and safely.

The urinary tract is composed of two kidneys, ureters (tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder), bladder and urethra (canal that carries urine from the bladder to the body). Traditional Chinese Medicine etiology / physiology, this system is called the Lower Burner. Lower Burner is responsible for the separation of "clean" body fluids "dirty" body fluids, and facilitates the excretion of urine from the body.

Based on the work of Pasteur, conventional medicine claims that bacteria such as Escherichia coli, viruses such as herpes simplex virus, and fungi such as candida are the cause of urinary tract infections. In most cases, the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections is Escherichia coli (E. coli). The main weapons in conventional medicine's arsenal of medicines - from antibiotics to kill bacteria and other symptoms of medication to relieve pain, etc.

Chinese medicine, which has evolved over several thousand years, does not have a "germ theory" of disease. However, the diagnosis and treatment are based on careful observation and time of the test approaches to each type of disease and injury. To diagnose health problems, symptoms are grouped into patterns and trends are then treated with acupuncture in general and formulas herbal and changes dietary and lifestyle recommendations. Two forms of urinary tract infections are the moisture and heat accumulation in the body, and spleen and kidney Deficiency. Moist heat accumulation can be due to the consumption of hot spicy foods, meals rich in fat and sugar, alcohol, certain medications, and poor personal hygiene. The spleen and kidneys is based Deficiency in chronic diseases, aging, pregnancy, menopause, and emotional stress. These two models are presented in detail in the next section. Many forms of traditional Chinese herbs have strong anti-bacterial or anti-viral properties, but they are safe enough to take over a longer period of time. In modern China, both Western and antibiotics traditional herbal formulas are used to treat urinary tract infections, but it is generally thought that the forms-based plants are best for chronic infections.

Patterns and treatment of urinary tract infections in Chinese medicine
Over the centuries, a complex system of diagnosis developed in Chinese traditional medicine that differentiated the various types of genito-urinary problems. These models were classified as "stranguria syndromes", and includes the diagnosis and treatment of all urinary tract infections, kidney stones, tumors of the urinary tract, etc. The two models mentioned above, moist heat and structure of the kidney Spleen Deficiency model, are discussed here:

Damp Heat Pattern. Moist heat may be caused by the habitual consumption of hot, spicy or fatty foods, sex during menstruation, or a direct attack from bacteria or viruses. Moist heat type infections can also be triggered by certain types of medications and a history of irregular menstrual cycles. Symptoms include a frequent and urgent desire to urinate, a burning sensation or pain during urination, cloudy or milky-yellow urine, and aversion to pressure on the lower abdomen, alternating periods of fever and chills, bitter taste in the mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, a language sticky yellow coating, and a quick "soggy" pulse. Herbs that relieve these symptoms, by promoting increased urination (diuresis) are stem Akebia (Mu Tong), plantain (Che Qian Zi), knot grass (Bian Xu), and carnation (Qu Mei). Among the formulas herbal Chinese, UT Clearing (Ba Zheng San) is popularly used.

UT Clearing (Ba Zheng San)
Stem Akebia (Mu Tong)
Plantain (Che Qian Zi)
Grass Knot (Bian Xu)
Dianthus (Qu Mei)
Talc (Shi Hua)
Rhubarb (Dai Huang)
Gardenia (Zhi Zi)
Licorice (Gan Cao)
  
Spleen Kidney Deficiency Pattern. The most common causes of all types of chronic deficiency model are: long-standing illness, long-term use of the removal of immunity Pharmacare slow recovery from surgery or childbirth, a problem health is not treated or poorly treated. Deficiency symptoms which applies specifically to urinary tract infections: dribbling urination, frequent urination at night, pain during urination; sporadic urination with urine from surges, the recurrence of infection by fatigue, fever that comes and goes, pain or pain in the lower back, fatigue, dizziness, pale body language, and a weak pulse. The herbs that promote health by stimulating the Spleen include Dioscorea (Shan Yao) and Poria (Fu Ling). Herbs that tonify the kidney include Rehmannia (Di Huang), Cornus Fruit (Shan Zhu Yu), Cuscuta seed (Tu Si Zi), and Schizandra fruit (Wu Wei Zi). Two widely used and effective forms of herbal Chinese UrinClearing (Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan) and Dioscorea Formula (Wu Bi Shan Yao Wan).

Dioscorea formula (Wu Bi Shan Yao Wan)
Dioscorea (Shan Yao)
Poria (Fu Ling)
Alisma (Ze Xie)
Rehmannia (Shu Di Huang)
Cornus (Shan Zhu Yu)
Morinda (Ba Ji Tian)
Cuscuta (Tu Si Zi)
Eucommia (Du Zhong)
Cyathula (Niu Xi)
Schizandra (Wu Wei Zi)
Cistanche (Rou Cong Rong)
  
Applications of the Chinese medicine approach
With a urinary tract infection, part of the plot can be infected in the urethra to the kidneys, and the symptoms are similar: frequent, painful, difficult urination, urgent, burning, or dribble. Applications of heat or humidity Kidney Spleen Deficiency models to specific areas of infection are described below.

Cystitis. The medical term for bladder infections is cystitis, which is particularly prevalent among women, especially during their reproductive years. Cloudy urine and blood is visible. Burning sensation when urinating shows the distribution of moist heat. Vague or dull pain during urination indicates kidney Spleen Deficiency pattern.

Urethritis. Infection of the urethra is called urethritis. Bacteria, viruses or fungi can cause urethritis. A discharge containing pus from the urethra can be seen. Often, women, reproductive organs, such as the vagina, cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be infected. The treatment of cystitis can be applied to urethritis.

Interstitial cystitis. A painful but non-infectious inflammation of the bladder is called interstitial cystitis. Middle-age women are more frequently affected by this condition. Pus and blood were observed in urine. UrinClearing (Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan) is recommended for interstitial cystitis.

Nephritis. A kidney infection is called nephritis. Escherichia coli, a bacterium that lives in the large intestine, causes about 90 percent of kidney infections. Chills, fever, back pain, nausea and / or vomiting are common symptoms. Frequent urination with burning or pain shows the distribution of moist heat. Frequent urination, urgent urination, painful urination or with back pain indicate kidney Spleen Deficiency pattern.

Ureteritis. An infection of the urethra is called ureteritis. The spread of a kidney infection or infection of the bladder to the urethra can cause ureteritis, and the preservation of urine in the ureters to the bladder on a regular basis. The treatment of kidney or bladder infections can be applied to ureteritis.

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