Herbal Remedies For Chronic Kidney Disease
Kidneys are reddish-brown bean shaped organs and are a very important organ for filtration of the toxins. It is located on both sides in the retroperitoneal space in the body at a slightly oblique angle and the right kidney is slightly lower than left kidney and also smaller in size than the left kidney. It contains approximately one million nephrons, which is the structural and functional unit of kidneys. It receives about 1300 ml of blood per minute and the main functions of kidneys are to filtrate the blood and excrete the waste products through urine and maintain electrolyte balance in our body. If there is any abnormality in the filtration or excretion then the kidney disorders arise. So in this article, we will discuss chronic kidney disease and its herbal remedies.
Chronic kidney disease is a type of kidney disorder in which there is a gradual loss of kidney function over a period of time. Initially there are no any symptoms but gradually symptoms appear with time. In this disease kidneys are not able to filter the blood the way they should. This is also called chronic kidney failure. In normal state, our kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from the blood which are then removed through urine. In advanced stages, kidney disease can cause the buildup of fluids, electrolytes and wastes in the body. If kidney disease gets worse, wastes can build to high levels in the blood and it will make the person feel sick.
Ayurvedic Aspect For Chronic Kidney Disease
In Ayurveda, kidneys are known as Vrikka. Vrikka is the fat tissue channel and is made from rakta (blood) and meda dhatu (fat tissue). The imbalance in these two dhatus will lead to kidney disorders. Our Acharya’s said that when a person eats unfavorable or contaminated food, consumption of excessive hot or liquid food stuff, excessive exposure to sun and fire and wind, due to lack of exercise, daysleep, intake of too much fatty food and excessive alcohol consumption will lead to raktavaha and medovaha strota dushti (vitiation) and causes Vrikka roga (kidney disorders).
This disease occurs when the other diseases impairs the functions of the kidney. The diseases and conditions that cause the impairment of kidney functions are:
- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Interstitial nephritis
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Prolonged obstruction of the urinary tract from enlarged prostate, kidney stones, etc.
Clinical Features/Signs And Symptoms
Initially there are no symptoms of kidney disease. It may develop over time and when it develops then the following symptoms may appear in the chronic kidney patient:
- Loss Of Appetite
- Sleep Problems
- Muscle Cramps
- Swelling in feet and ankles
- Swelling in eye orbital
- Mental Confusion
- Dry and itchy skin
The factors that may increase the risk of kidney disease are:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disorders
- Alcohol Abuse
- Family History
The diagnosis is based on the proper history and proper examination through blood, urine and imaging tests.
- Blood tests such as complete blood test (CBC), Kidney function test (KFT), serum electrolytes, etc.
- Imaging tests such as Ultrasonography, CT scan, X-ray, etc.
Ayurvedic Treatment For Chronic Kidney Disease
Ayurveda is a part of ancient holistic medicine which is derived from knowledge and wisdom of Ayurvedic Acharyas. This ancient path has served the patients for 5000 years. Ayurveda is the pure and natural form of treatment which treats the diseases from its root cause. Ayurvedic treatment includes some classical herbal drug formulations which provide great relief from diseases without any side effects. Allopathy doctors believe that kidney disorders are neither reversible nor do they have permanent cure. They said that disease progress could be slowed by some medicines but after reaching the end stage the only solution for this disease lies in dialysis and at last kidney transplant. But these two procedures have their own drawbacks. When kidney disease progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life. But our Ayurvedic experts believe that kidney diseases are not only reversible but also curable if detected earlier. The ancient science that is Ayurveda divides the human body according to doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) and dhatus (rasa, rakta, mansa, meda, asthi, majja, sukra) and so on. Unlike allopaths, Ayurveda doesn’t focus on treating the symptoms of the disease but also treat the whole body.
The treatment protocol for kidney disorders is to balance the raktavaha and medovaha strotas. So for that we should do the following things:
For vitiated Rakta Vaha srotas, one should do the treatment which evacuates the blood and those procedures are purgation, fasting and blood-letting and for medo vaha strotas, we should do emesis, purgation, blood-letting, physical exercise, fasting, sudation, herbal formulated smoking. Use haritaki (Terminalia chebula) powder with honey and mostly use rough food grain.
Along with medicinal therapies one should follow the preventive measures, balanced diet and some yoga asanas.
Pathya Ahar And Vihar (Favorable diet and lifestyle)
This includes: Red rice, Wheat, Radish, Lady-finger, Goat milk, Cow milk, Ghrit, Amla, Banana, Grapes, Coconut water, Jaggery, do light exercises, morning and evening walk, Cold water bath, get exposure to cold wind, apply sandalwood paste over body, get exposure of moonlight, detoxification of body by vaman (Emesis), virechan (purgation), etc.
Apathya Ahara And Vihar (Unfavourable diet and lifestyle)
This includes: Tila (Sesanum indicum), urad (Vigna mungo), kulthi (Macrotyloma uniflorum), curd, salt, sour products, avoid fish, avoid exposure to excessive sunlight and fire, avoid sudation therapy, Unnecessary control of natural urges, heavy exercise, control urges of fear, anger, etc
To reduce the risk of kidney damage then must follow the following preventive measures:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid Smoking
- Avoid Alcohol
- Avoid taking stress
- Avoid taking medicines without the supervision of doctors
- Do exercises daily
Some yogasanas are also helpful in kidney disorders. Some of the Yogasana one should try at home are:
- Bhastrika Pranayama
- Nadi Shudhi
These asanas are followed by 5 minutes of Shavasna (relaxing pose or lying down) for better effect of asana. These above said asana and pranayama can do approx 5-10 minutes.
- Patients try these Asana without any jerky movements of joints.
- These must be done slowly.
- Asana must be started after warm up of the body for about 5-10 minutes.
Herbal Remedies Chronic Kidney Disease
Planet Ayurveda is the manufacturing company that manufactures various herbal products for the treatment of various disorders. The herbal products are made from the pure and standardized extracts of the natural herbs and these are made under the guidance of expert Ayurvedic physicians. These are 100% vegetarian products and safe to use as they do not contain any kind of preservatives and chemicals. All these herbal products are made from natural herbs with ancient time tested formulas. This company offers the following herbal products for the management of chronic kidney disease:
- Mutrakrichantak Churna
- Rencure Formula
- Punarnava Mandur
- Varunadi Vati
- Chandanadi Vati
1. Mutrakrichantak Churna
It is a herbal powder of Planet Ayurveda. This herbal powder is very effective for kidney and bladder disorders. It is a safe and effective remedy because it does not contain any kind of preservatives and chemicals. This herbal powder is made from the extracts of Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Kaasni (Cichorium intybus), Bhumiamla (Phyllanthus niruri), Shirish (Albizia lebbeck), Shigru (Moringa oleifera), Apamarga (Achyranthes aspera). These herbs provide relief from painful and inflammatory renal conditions. It is best for all the kidney problems and is even beneficial in patients who are on dialysis. This remedy naturally lowers the increased urea and creatinine levels in the blood. This powder naturally decreases the proteinuria (protein in urine).
Dosage: 1 Teaspoonful twice daily warm with water and for best result Boil 1 Teaspoonful in 400ml water until it remains 50-60ml. Filter the preparation with a regular tea strainer and drink. You should use this once in morning 45min. after breakfast and similarly in evening 45min. after dinner. Prepare fresh every time as per this.
2. Rencure Formula
This is an effective and natural kidney care supplement. This is the best natural way to clear out the toxins from the body. It is made from the herbs like Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Palaash (Butea monosperma) and Kaasni (Cichorium intybus). These herbs help in reducing the urea and creatinine level. This is an effective formulation for kidney failure patients. It clears away the obstruction in the urinary tract and also acts as an anti-infective.
Dosage: 2 Capsules, twice daily with warm water after meals.
3. Punarnava Mandur
This is a classical Ayurvedic medicine. This herbal formula is used for pedal edema, water retention and anemia which are the symptoms of chronic kidney disease. So this herbal formulation is best for the management of this disease. This is a herbo-mineral composition that contains Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Nishoth (Operculina turpethum), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum), Devdaru (Cedrus deodara), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Kushtha (Saussurea lappa), Triphala (Three myrobalans), Mandur bhasma (0Calcined iron), etc. This is the best herbo-mineral formulation for kidney failure patients.
Dosage: 2 Tablets, thrice daily with warm water after meals.
4. Varunadi Vati
This is a classical formulation used in kidney disorders. This works wonderfully on renal stones and urinary tract infections. These tablets are made from the herbs like Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Shuddha guggulu (Purified Comiphora mukul), etc. It helps in rejuvenating the cells of the kidneys. These tablets act as a painkiller in kidney stones without giving any kind of side effects. Varun is the main ingredient in this formulation. It is a famous diuretic in Ayurvedic herbs. Varun is also a good blood purifier that helps to maintain homeostasis.
Dosage: 2 Tablets, thrice daily with warm water after meals.
5. Chandanadi Vati
This classical remedy is very beneficial in providing relief from kidney disorders. It provides a calming and soothing effect on the urinary tract system and also provides relief from burning gut. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is used in the treatment of burning micturition, kidney disorders, heatstroke, burning gut, piles, fissures, etc. This is a classical Ayurvedic formulation. It contains herbs and minerals like Safed chandan (Santalum album), Kababchini (Piper cubeba), Safed ral (Shorea robusta), Gandhabiroja (Pinus longifolia), Katha (Sanegellia catechu), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Gairik (Red ochre), etc.
Dosage: 2 Tablets, twice daily with warm water after meals.
At last we concluded that the liver disorders hamper the overall health of the person. This is important to diagnose the liver disorder to prevent complications and the mortality rate or prognosis of liver disease. So it is very important to take Ayurvedic treatment as soon as the diagnosis is made. The herbal remedies of Planet Ayurveda are very effective in treating liver disorders as they are free from chemicals and preservatives and also Ayurvedic herbs show best results in treating or managing end stage liver diseases. For more query you can visit www.planetayurveda.com
Dr. Vikram Chauhan
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