Perhaps no other name has been more appropriate for a basketball player than that of Jeremy Lin. Lin, the first American of Chinese descent to play in the National Basketball Association, was a fan-favorite particularly during his stint with the New York Knicks.
In Chinese, “Lin” means to dribble (among other meanings).
Dribbling, of course, is essential for playing basketball. However, dribbling while trying to urinate is a skill-set at which nobody wishes to excel.
“Lin” also happens to be an apt name for the condition in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) associated with urination difficulty. In Mandarin, “Lin” also means “drip,” which is why the pattern is called “Lin syndrome.”
Symptoms of Lin Syndrome
Lin syndrome is an umbrella condition characterized by obstructed urinary flow. In western medicine, painful or blocked urinary flow is most often attributed to an enlarged prostate gland (in the case of men) or a bacterial urinary tract infection, or UTI, which affects approximately 50% of women at least once).
To manage Lin syndrome, Chinese medicine tonifies the Kidneys, clears excess Heat and removes dampness, while also promoting urination.
However, TCM theory points to other factors for urination difficulty. These root causes will be addressed shortly below. But first, here are the symptoms that characterize Lin syndrome:
- Dribbling output, even though the bladder feels very full, and the urge to eliminate is quite strong.
- Weak flow
- Decreased/incomplete output
- Urge to urinate frequently
- Waking up more than twice per night to void the bladder
- Discomfort while urinating
Keep in mind that there are multiple types of Lin syndrome. A Chinese medicine doctor, or licensed acupuncturist would be able to give you a professional diagnosis. (If you are passing blood in the urine or the passing of stones, it’s crucial you seek medical attention immediately.)
Causes of Lin Syndrome
The reason why there are several types of Lin syndrome diagnosis is that there is more than one underlying reason for difficulty with urination.
The three major root causes according to TCM theory, are:
- Kidney Qi Deficiency
- Blood Stasis
Although you can inherit a genetic predisposition for Kidney Qi deficiency, when it comes to urination problems, having weak energy flow in the Kidney organ system is most often attributed to the simple physiological consequence of aging. This is because most people as they age have weaker-functioning kidneys.
As for Blood stasis, you can think of it as obstructed circulation. And since Blood, in TCM theory, moves Qi, if you have poor blood circulation, the meridians of the Bladder organ system will be obstructed like a Los Angeles freeway during rush hour.
Next, Damp-Heat accumulation can be likened to swelling caused by fluid-retention.
Thus, in order to manage Lin syndrome, Chinese medicine tonifies the Kidneys, clears excess Heat and removes dampness, while also promoting urination.
TCM Formulas For Supporting Urinary Health
ProstateSure is our signature formula that powerfully tonifies and enriches the Kidneys, clears heat, drains dampness and promotes urination.
Some men may experience difficulty with urination as early as age 40. This coincides with the age at which, according to TCM theory, the Kidney system begins weakening. And when your Kidney Qi becomes deficient, not only may you eventually experience urination problems, your vital energy, including libido and sexual performance, may decline.
In men, the decline in sexual energy may be directly linked to urinary health. This is because when you’re no longer engaged in regular sexual activity or achieving regular erections, the blood circulation in the urinary tract will suffer.
The Chinese herbs in ProstateSure may help support a normal-functioning prostate.
In comparison to ProstateSure, UTflow is like an extra-strength version. Based on a 900-year-old formula (Ba Zheng San), UTflow is for Lin syndromes that also include a scant volume of urine (with a dark tint); a heavy sensation in the lower abdomen; frequent thirst, even if you’ve been drinking adequate amounts of liquid; and a red tongue with yellowish coating.
Research studies support the use of both ProstateSure and UTflow.
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