Abstract: From the data obtained from both cancer and non-cancer persons we can say with confidence that meridian readings obtained from the AcuGraph has helped to identify and confirm those patients who need to take the Wu Ling herbal tea for their frequent urination at night. It is satisfying to know that the prescribed herbal tea is effective.
Chris K. H. Teo & Ch’ng Beng Im-TeoCA Care, 5 Lebuhraya Gelugor, 11600 Penang, Malaysia. http://www.cacare.com or http://www.CancerCareMalaysia.com
Declaration of Interest: The authors are pracatising herbalists as such have financial interest in the use of herbs mentioned in this article.
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Biologically the urinary system consists of the bladder, kidneys and the urethra (tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body). The function of the bladder is to store the urine and controls urination. The bladder can often hold as much as 600 to 750 ml of urine. But it is said that the urge to urinate is usually felt when the bladder contains about 150 ml of urine.
Most people typically urinate four to eight times a day. Needing to go more than eight times a day or waking up in the night to go to the bathroom more than once in the night is considered frequent urination.
Some of the causes of frequent urination are: urinary tract infection, diabetes, use of medications, prostate problems, pregnancy, stroke, cancer, and overactive bladder syndrome. Drinking too much, use of alcohol, caffeine and artificial sweeteners can also cause this problem (1).
Nocturia is a term referring to urinating in the middle of the night. This condition is said to be common as people age and occurs in both men and women. It can be troublesome in itself, by disturbing sleep, and can have a significant impact on quality of sleep and quality of life (2).
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM ) View of Bladder Function
TCM views the kidney and bladder as an interrelated pair that controls water in the body. The function of the bladder – i.e. storage and discharge of the urine, depends upon Kidney Qi. If Kidney Qi is sufficient the bladder will function normally and urination is well controlled. If Kidney Qi is deficient the bladder becomes dysfunctional (3). Disharmony of the Bladder meridian can lead to problems such as difficult urination, incontinence (inability to control proper urination), painful eyes, runny nose, nose bleeding, nasal congestion, pain in the head, neck, back, groin and buttock (4).
The bladder is said to be one of the most sensitive organs of the body. It reacts to physical stimuli and our emotions such as fear and anxiety. The Chinese has a term that is literally translated as: You are afraid until your urine leaks out. This goes to show that fear and shock can uncontrollably stimulate urine flow (5).
Case Study 1
Tim (not real name) is 58-year-old Malaysian male living in Perth, Australia. He accompanied his wife, a cancer patient, to see us. He admitted to having problems with frequent urination. His AcuGraph reading showed split Bladder (BL) and Kidney (KI) meridians (Figure 1).
Figure 1. A 58-year-old male with split BL and KI meridians.
Tim was prescribed Wu Ling (also referred to as Kid-6) herbal tea, as recommended by the AcuGraph. After five days on the tea, his urination frequency was greatly reduced. See our e-mail communication below.
12 February 2010
From Chris: How is your Kid-6 and urination?
Reply: Took for three days already. Not much changes yet. Will see in a few days time. Will keep you posted.
14 February 2010
The KID-6 is working, my urination frequency is greatly reduced from today.
Case Study 2
YC is a 74-year-old man from Singapore. He accompanied his wife, who had cancer, to see us. YC has 2 stents installed in his heart. He suffered from frequent urination. Before he left his lodging place, he had to urinate. By the time he arrived at our centre, which is only about 5 minutes away by car, he had to go to the bathroom again. The AcuGraph reading taken on 8 October 2010 (Figure 2, bottom) showed low BL and split KI meridians. YC was prescribed Wu Ling herbal tea. Three days after taking this tea, YC reported that this urination frequency was reduced by fifty percent. The AcuGraph reading taken on 12 October 2010 showed normal KI and low BL meridians. YC was asked to continue taking the Wu Ling tea.
Figure 2. After taking the herbs for three days, his split KI (bottom) became normal (top). BL meridian however, remained low.
Case Study 3
Nor,45-year-old-female dentist. She always accompanies her sister to our centre. Her AcuGraph reading showed low BL meridian (Figure 3). She admitted to having frequent urination at night. Subsequently Nor took Wu Ling herbal tea and her problem resolved.
Figure 3. Low BL meridian translated into frequent urination at night and this problem resolved after taking Wu Ling herbal tea.
Case Study 4
MM is a 57-year-old female. Her mother had cancer. On one occasion while accompanying her mother to see us, MM had an AcuGraph reading (Figure 4). Her BL meridian was low. We asked if she had to go to the bathroom often. She replied: “Yes, yes. Can you do something. I am going to the United States in the next few days and it would be very troublesome if I have to go to the toilet often while on that 27-hour plane flight.” We prescribed Wu Ling Tea. MM took the tea only once. Her problem was resolved.
Figure 4. Her frequent urination due to the low BL meridian was resolved after drinking one cup of Wu Ling herbal tea.
Case Study 5
CLK (H555) is a 78-year-old liver cancer patient. His AcuGraph reading on 11 March 2011 showed split KI and very low BL meridians (Figure 5, bottom). CLK had to go to the bathroom at least five times a night. This makes him unable to sleep well. We prescribed CLK Wu Ling herbal tea in addition to his normal liver herbs. A week later CLK came and told us that his frequency of urination has reduced. His BL meridian had normalized but his KI meridian remained split (Figure 5, top).
Figure 5. His BL meridian normalized after taking Wu Ling herbal tea for a week.
Case Study 6
NSK (H533) is a 57-year-old pancreatic cancer patient. In spite of all the medical treatments he had undergone, his cancer had spread to his liver, bones and other part of the body. An AcuGraph reading done on 6 March 2011 (Figure 6, bottom) showed an extremely low BL and split KI meridians. As a result he had to wake up very often each night to urinate. NSK was prescribed Wu Ling herbal tea. On 18 March 2011, NSK reported the frequency of his urination has decreased. His AcuGraph reading on that date also showed improvement (Figure 6, top). His KI meridian was higher but remained split. His previously split KI had gone high. NSK was asked to continue drinking the tea.
Figure 6. His extremely low BL had improved after drinking Wu Ling herbal tea.
Case Study 7
YW (H469) is a 54-year-old female. He has pancreatic cancer with metastasis to the liver. She refused treatment and opted for herbal therapy instead. Her AcuGraph reading on 20 February 2011 showed low KI and BL meridians (Figure 7, bottom). She urinated very frequent during the day. At night she had to wake up to go to the bathroom at least three times. One week on Wu Ling herbal tea, YW’s urination became normal. She woke up only once each night to urinate. Her KI and BL meridians on 25 March 2011 were restored to normal (Figure 7, top).
Figure 7. After one week on Wu Ling tea her low KI and BL meridians became normal.
From the data obtained from both cancer and non-cancer persons we can say with confidence that meridian readings obtained from the AcuGraph has helped to identify and confirm those patients who need to take the Wu Ling herbal tea for their frequent urination at night.
Before we proceed to prescribe the Wu Ling herbal tea to patients we first ask them if they have any urination problem. The answer is then verified with the data obtained from the AcuGraph. It is satisfying to know that the prescribed herbal tea is effective.
For a treatment to be useful, it must satisfy two basic requirements. One, the result is repeatable. Two, given a similar situation, a practitioner should be able to predict the outcome of the treatment. While writing this paper, a 29-year-old male came to our centre. He has nose cancer – nasopharyngeal carcinoma. He had undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The cancer has spread to his bones and has badly affected his backbone. This made standing up and walking extremely difficult. His Acugraph reading showed both his BL and KI meridians were low. He had to crawl out of his bed five times a night to urinate. We prescribed Wu Ling tea besides the herbs for his NPC. Two days on the herbs, the frequency of his urination was reduced to once a night. This is indeed a great improvement since his agony of having to struggle out of bed is reduced by eighty percent!
It is our aim to conduct more studies like this – to find out the effectiveness of every recommended AcuHerb to restore meridian harmony. It is only then can we say we truly practise evidence-based medicine.
Acknowledgement: We record our sincere thanks to Dr. Adrian Larsen, President of Miridia Technology Inc., USA, for his generosity in providing a unit of AcuGraph 3 for our research at CA Care.
- Yin Huihe et al. Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 1995. Foreign Language Press, Beijing, China.