Kidneys are the pair of bean shaped organs located below ribs on either side, behind the abdomen. The main function of the kidney is to filter the blood and urine formation, thus it is the prime organ that maintains the water and electrolyte imbalance in the body. Some hereditary or acquired factors such as infection, stones or other such causes lead to the gradual loss of kidney functions and resulting in kidney diseases. This loss of function may be asymptomatic in nature and that’s why it remained unnoticed and progressively leading to chronic kidney disease and renal failure i.e. the state of complete loss of kidney functions. In this article we are going to discuss the various diseases related with kidney disorders, common clinical manifestations of kidney disease, their possible causes/risk factors, along with some beneficial herbs for reviving the kidney functions.

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There are numerous diseases associated with the kidneys. Most common of which include- kidney stones (the crystals deposits in kidneys made from crystal forming substances such as oxalate, calcium, uric acid etc.), glomerulonephritis (a syndrome that affects a group of cells that have a prime role in blood filtration i.e. glomeruli- this syndrome is comprised of both nephritic and nephrotic syndrome), pyelonephritis (recurrent kidney infection), poly-cystic kidney disease (formation of multiple fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys), and chronic kidney disease (also termed as renal failure- end stage originated due to long standing kidney diseases). Apart from these several urinary tract infections (UTIs) may also be found in association with kidney disease.


The clinical features of kidney disease vary according to the part of the kidney involved, type of infection/ cause of the disease and the severity of the disease. As kidneys are designed to be the highly adaptable organs so, mostly kidney diseases are asymptomatic, but the symptomatic conditions have some common clinical manifestations that include reduced urine output, proteinuria primarily albuminuria (presence of protein contents in the urine), swelling in the feet or ankles, continuous itching, increased frequency of muscle twitching and cramps, chest pain if there is fluid retention in heart lining, sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, vomiting, fatigue and weakness, shortness of breath (if fluid retention takes place in the lungs), pain in lower abdomen, fever may be present in infective cases along with recurrent UTIs.


The two leading causes of kidney diseases these days are high blood pressure and diabetes. These both cause damage to many organs of the body including the kidneys. Other factors that may increase risk for developing kidney disease include smoking, old age, obesity, family history of kidney disease, abnormality in the kidney structure, underlying cardiovascular disease, kidney infections, prolonged obstruction in urinary tract such as prostate enlargement, kidney stones or due to some cancerous overgrowth.


Kidneys are highly adaptable organs, few of the Ayurvedic herbs help in maintaining/ supporting normal functions of the kidney. These are:

Varun (Crataeva nurvala) It is one of the best herbal supplements for the kidney. Its bark consists of saponin and tannin. Furthermore, this herb is described in Ayurvedic texts.

In this, the bhedishleshmkrichashmmarutaan means this herb has the ability to breakdown the build up by kapaha (calcifications or precursor of the kidney stones), correcting the condition of oliguria (reduced urine output), and also aid in dissolving the kidney stones (ashm), and clearing the apan vayu, that will relieve various pain related symptoms in micturition and kidney region. Also, nihanti gulm helps in reducing the size of the urinary tumors or overgrowths.

Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris) is used as the herbal tonic for the urinary tract with amazing diuretic actions. It is also known for its strength enhancing and aphrodisiac properties like increasing sperm count, stamina booster and sexual vigor. Tribulus terrestris is having a rich amount of nitrates, with some volatile oils and less amount of one alkaline compound. Gokshura on regular use has the capability to provide strength to kidney cells and helps in regeneration.

Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) is used for its diuretic action. It aids in inducing micturition and also relieves dysuria (painful micturition). This herb is having best action to remove the excess deposition of fluid from the various body parts, thus aids in gradual reduction in swelling of feet and ankles, pleural fluid and fluid buildup in pericardium due to underlying renal diseases. The main diuretic action of this herb is due to action of an alkaline compound i.e. Punarnavine obtained from its leaves and roots. This alkaline compound invades the capillaries and enhances the blood flow and facilitates the free passage of urine.

Bhumyamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri) is the most efficient drug well known for its effects on liver related disorders. But it has equally important results on kidney related disorders. It is also known as stone crusher because of its amazing properties that help in dissolving the stones and also prevent further formation of stones in the kidneys or other parts of urinary tracts. It also aids in relieving excess swelling from the body. It improves kidney functions, helps in reducing the oxidative stress from kidney fibrosis, and also increases the rate of kidney cell proliferation in diabetic patients.

Kalmegh (Echinacea- Andrographis paniculata) is another herb that can be used in both liver and kidney related disorders, it is shown in various studies that echinacea administration in renal ischemia (oxidative death of tissue) decreases the malondialdehyde and catalase enzyme levels in the kidneys. This shows that the echinacea may be effective in preventing the oxidative injury to the kidneys.

Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is the best emerging manufacturing unit that formulates herbal medicines with strict adherence to ancient ayurvedic texts under the supervision and guidance of an expert team led by experienced ayurvedic practitioners.

Best herbal remedies for supporting the healthy kidney functions and reviving kidneys as suggested by Planet Ayurveda’s team are summarised under two packs i.e.

  1. Revive Kidney Pack
  2. Revive Kidney Pack For Advanced Stages

1. Revive Kidney Pack

It contains a group of four effective herbal formulations for the initial stages of renal disorders.

2. Revive Kidney Pack For Advanced Stages

The pack for the advanced stages of kidney diseases including kidney failure and those who are even advised for dialysis or kidney transplant. This pack includes formulations of Revive kidney Pack along with some other formulations that includes Phyllanthus Niruri, Indian Echinacea and Nephralka Capsules.

Also in this pack, the Punarnava Capsules have been used in place of Punarnava mandoor as it contain the standardised extract of Boerhaavia diffusa only and is more effective in reducing the ascietic swelling, and other fluid build up in the body part due to advanced stage of kidney diseases. Mutrakrichantak churna is the best poly herbal classical blend available in powdered form used for relieving reduced urine output and other urine related disturbances. The ingredients of this formulation include varun, gokshur, punarnava, bhumyamalaki etc. Rencure Formula is the herbal formulation made by Planet Ayurveda’s expert team for improving and supporting the normal renal functions. Its ingredients include punarnava, gokshur, plaash (Butea monosperma) and varun like herbs.

Punarnava Mandur is one of the best classical formulations for increasing blood content and aids in blood purification. The contents of this tablet include punarnava and mandur (purified ore of iron), along with some other herbs.

Varunadi Vati includes herbs such as varun, punarnava, gokshura along with guggul (Commiphora mukul). Here, the former three herbs have the best herbal diuretic action and guggul adds up by anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing the inflammation due to kidney or urinary tract infections.

Phyllanthus Niruri and Indian Echinacea are made from the standardised extract of bhumyamalaki and kalmegh respectively.

Nephralka Capsules are made from herbs such as bhumyamalaki, kalmegh punarnava and Mooli satva (Raphanus sativus). These Nephralka capsules aid in maintaining healthy kidneys. It is also an urinary alkaliser that provides relief in painful micturition conditions.

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Thus, in the end it is concluded that by using these herbs and herbal formulations one can protect the kidneys from further damage and support the better renal functions by reviving the kidneys. In case of any query kindly visit For more queries, you can send your queries to our email id

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is a Globally Renowned Ayurveda Physician with Expertise of more than 25 Years. He is the CEO & Founder of Planet Ayurveda Private Limited, a leading Ayurveda Brand, Manufacturing, and Export Company with a Chain of Clinics and Branches in the US, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and other parts of the World. He is also an Ayurveda Author who has written Books on Ayurveda, translated into Many European Languages. One of his Books is "Ayurveda – God’s Manual for Healing". He is on a Mission to Spread Ayurveda All Over the Planet through all the Possible Mediums. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of the Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit