Chinese Medicine Perspective - Bedwetting

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The kidneys are often referred to as the "root of life" or "our root of heaven Qi". This is because they store the essence from our parents which is established at our conception. These organs are in charge of many aspects of ourselves they rule our genes, brain, our hair on our head, our teeth and the associated emotion fear. Weak kidneys can lead to low back pain, knee pain, unhealthy teeth and bones and difficulty in holding our urine both day and night.

Eneuresis, commonly known as bedwetting, is more common in boys than girls.

Here are the statistics:

• 30% of children before the age of 4 years old.
• 10% of children before the age of 6 years old.
• 3% of children before the age of 12 years old.
• 1% of children before the age of 18 years old.

There are 4 main causes of bedwetting in children based on TCM. It may simply be weakened kidneys, congenital and/or lifestyle, deficient spleen and/or lungs ( eg. if a cough or asthma present ) and/or sometimes an emotional hindrance. The main goal of the treatment is to strengthen the weakness and drain or sedate the excess organs. Sometimes children only wet their beds when they are sick or have a cold. This usually indicates a slight imbalance which appears only when the body is overtaxed.

In adults the complaints are different.

Incontinence (Bladder control problems) and urinary tract infections, frequent urination are commonly seen in the clinic.

These arise from:

• weak constitution
• lifestyles
• old age
• child birth
• chronic coughs
• weak bladders

Traditionally the above representing symptoms are treated with a combination of herbs, acupuncture and moxibustion. Herbal medicine formulas in this category are an excellent adjunct to the acupuncture treatment.

Generally, the doctor takes into consideration your age, and health status when combining the variety of herbs. For example, in urinary tract infections herb are generally used to drain or sedate the heat out of the bladder.