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Urinary Tract Infection, Yeast Infection, Vaginitis, Herpes I, II

On this page you can find a brief discussion about urinary tract infection, yeast infection, vaginitis, and herpes I, II according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition in terms of Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.


Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.


Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.


  • Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
  • Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
  • Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
  • Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
  • Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
  • Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
  • Meridian – another term for energy channel.

According to Chinese medicine, urinary tract infection, yeast infection, vaginitis, Herpes I and II all have common causes of imbalance that manifest predominantly in the lower jiao (area below the navel) and along digestive system channels.

  • Qi stagnation
  • Blood stagnation (blood in urine, painful urination)
  • Excess damp build up
  • Excess heat and toxicities (with foul odor, colored discharge, blood in urine, red and painful eruptions)
  • Cold deficient type (yeast infection without foul odor and clear discharge)
  • Spleen qi deficiency
  • Yang deficiency of spleen, kidney (yeast infection without foul odor and clear discharge)

Treatment Protocol

We use acupuncture and herbs to treat open the affected energy channels, regulate qi and blood and remove obstructions, clear heat, toxicities, and damp, expel cold. Strengthening and supporting spleen qi is very important to abate recurrence. Ongoing effort to clear damp from the body is needed with herbal therapy, eliminating damp producing foods from diet, and exercise. Eliminating stress is a must especially regarding herpes.

The initial course of treatment is six weekly sessions and followed by a period of maintenance. Eventually patients should rely on a healthy, clean diet  and lifestyle to support healing and prevention.

An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.