Chapter 46 • Urine

Have your client save the beginning stream of urine in a clean, clear glass, and the end stream in a separate clean, clear glass. In general the following guidelines for appearance apply:

  • Cloudy indicates Infection
  • Blood indicates irritation or a tumor
  • Crystals indicate uric acid or calcium oxilate

In addition, characteristics can have different associations, depending on whether they were in the first or last stream. The following table shows these associations:

If in first stream… If in last stream…
Blood in the bladder Blood in the kidney
Clean and healthy No blood, not kidney
Cloudy indicates infection in bladder Cloudy indicates infection in kidney
Lack of foam in stream “Low hormones” M.W.

Urine Color

The following table summarizes conditions that can be indicated by urine color:

Color Association
Clear Yin. Cold. (Cranberry).
Dark yellow/orange Yang. Hot. Spleen, pancreas (Cornsilk, Red Root, Agrimony)
Cloudy/milky Excess protein or infection (Gravel Root, Buchu).
Red Blood (Collinsonia, Agrimony, Sweet Birch).

Urine Smell

The following table summarizes conditions that can be indicated by urine smell:

Smell Association
Foul Infection (Agrimony, Sweet Birch).
Sweet Too much glucose, ketones. Look to diabetes. “Smells like cotton candy.”

 

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