Category: Kidney Health

Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) Treatment in Ayurveda

Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)
Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR): Glomeruli is part of the renal system in the body. Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) is the rate at which fluid filtered by the kidney passes through it, taking out waste and extra water. It is checked by the creatinine levels in the blood as per age, gender, body type. If GFR is low that means kidneys are not functioning well. The sooner the problem is detected the better it is as in early stages there is a better chance of slowing or stopping the progression. The doctor may also check for eGFR if you have signs of kidney problems.

Those Signs are:

  • Having problem in peeing, pain during peeing
  • Less pee or more pee
  • Frothy, blood-colored or deep yellow pee
  • Pain in back
  • Puffiness around eyes, wrist or belly or ankles
Stages of kidney function GFR STAGE OF Kidney FUNCTION
1 Damage With Normal Impairment 90 AND ABOVE 90-100%
2 Mild loss of function 89-60 89- 60%
3 Mild to moderate loss 59-45 59-45%
4 Moderate to severe 44-30 44-30%
5 Severe 29-15 29-15%
6 Kidney failure Less than 15 Less than 15%

In normal times GFR at different ages is to be recorded and compared on medical grounds on the following basis

AGE (Years) Average estimated eGFR (mL/min/1.73m2)
20-29 116
30-39 107
40-49 99
50-59 93
60-69 85
70+ 75

Functions of GFR: Why we need to keep in order?

Glomeruli is part of the renal system. 20% of plasma that comes to glomeruli moves out or is sent to Bowman’s capsule by the glomeruli for filtration and re-absorption by peritubular capillaries. It helps in secretion of urine from the blood plasma that enters into it every minute. Urine formation is very important for the clearance of waste material from the body. If these toxins are not cleared, the person may die of toxicity after having a lot of pathological conditions.

So we need to have urine processed out of our body and GFR is a big contributor to that mechanism. So if something wrong happens with the GFR it means something is wrong with the kidneys, which leads to the development of the waste product in the body and our kidneys are not able to excrete them. So urine formation is a result of 3 mechanisms filtration, reabsorption, and secretion. Whereas the excretion is a result of secretion + filtration –re-absorption.

GFR is dependent on 2 processes:

  1. Net filtration process ( NFP)
  2. Filtration coefficient (KF)

These are the two primary levers that are operated which change the Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR), Whenever GFR is changed up or down, either of the two levers or both have changed.

Any pathological issue or physiological conditions of the body will change NFP and or KF and will affect GFR.

KF is out of the question for day to day changes for GFR. But it is NFP too. There are 3 things which we have to focus on to know changes in GFR. We have 1 million glomeruli in each kidney, so in total, we have 2 million glomeruli working for us every minute to secret waste in the form of urine from our body. KF depends upon the surface area and permeability or hydraulic pressure.

In case of high blood pressure, when excess blood is pumped by heart every minute it exerts more pressure on the glomerular basement membrane to pass excess of plasma and hence the basement membrane gets filled with a lot of trashy substances that create damage to the membrane. That trash also damages the channels which were being used here for filtration. So the surface area is gone, the thickness is increased and conductivity is reduced. So hypertension is another example where there is a huge impact on permeability.

What is Chronic Renal Failure?

Say if there are 1 million nephrons working but due to failure there are reduced to 500000 i.e. half million are left now, so the surface area is only half left. Normally there are 2 types of disruptions here,

  1. where a part is destroyed
  2. When fully Surface Area gets finished

Women are at more risk than men. 50% of people with diabetes will have renal function affected.

How many people in the world are affected by the disease?

It is a grave concern as there are no symptoms of renal failure until it becomes chronic. People suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, continuous occurrences of infections, injury to the kidney, and women are more prone to recurrent infections because they have a shorter urethra. There can be many reasons for kidney failure and only regular checkup of blood and urine can help to detect it early. Between 8-10% of the adult population has some form of kidney damage and millions die prematurely of complications related to chronic kidney disease.

Tips and Tricks to keep Renal health in control

Sadly there is no cure, but the good news is that it can control the situation by slowing the progression of the disease and hence avoid the serious conditions from developing.

The most important is to understand the importance of diet and medication. In early stages, if proper care is taken and proper diet is maintained, then this can be controlled.

The permanent treatment is dialysis or transplant. But when the problem has progressed and it has reached a stage of kidney failure, regular dialysis is done to remove toxins from the body, which is very time consuming and the patient needs to revisit the hospital on a regular schedule.

In extreme cases, the kidney transplant is advised by the doctor that depends upon the availability of the kidney of the compatible blood group.

Herbal Remedies

Ayurveda has various herbal extracts which when administered to the patient along with the diet helps to heal the disease. These herbs help the body to clean the toxins and help keep blood flow regulated. The kidneys are healthy when the heart is healthy, the afferent or efferent arteriole, the Bowman’s capsule, and the health of glomeruli are maintained. The basement membrane health is good to ensure the filtration of toxins.

The herbs we have chosen focusing all the symptoms and functions that get affected by the malfunction. All are focused on your overall health and create balances of hormones and fluids in the body.

  1. Mutrakrichantak churna.
  2. Varunadi Vati.
  3. Indian Echinacea.
  4. Rencure Formula.
  5. Punarnava Capsules
  6. Phyllanthus Niruri
  7. Nephralka Capsules

Top 7 Ayurvedic formulations for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)


Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) is one of the most common health problems affecting millions of people all around the world. It involves the infection of kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. An infection occurs when bacteria get into the bladder or kidneys and begins to grow there.

Although modern medicines such as antibiotics are being used in UTI’s but this infection can be easily treated with herbal medicines which have no side effects.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Some of the best herbal formulations for Urinary Tract Infections are:

Neeri Tablet:

  • Neeri Tablet is a proprietary Ayurvedic medicine, manufactured by Aimil Pharmaceuticals (India), Limited New Delhi. It is indicated in Ayurvedic treatment for relieving symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection as it stabilizes urinary pH and relieves burning during urination, relieves pain and inflammation, soothes the irritated bladder and combats against common urinary pathogens, kills even resistant bacteria’s because of its vital herbal combination.

Renalka Syrup:

  • Renalka Syrup is a proprietary Ayurvedic medicine manufactured by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare. It is a natural and effective alkalizer. The herbs in this syrup possess anti-inflammatory, analgesic and diuretic properties. It helps to maintain normal urinary pH balance. It is indicated in recurrent UTI’s, as an adjuvant to antibiotics in UTI’s

Rencure Formula Capsules

Herbal Remedy for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

  • Rencure Formula is purely an herbal combination manufactured by Planet Ayurveda. The herbs used in this formulation act as diuretic, provide relief in painful urination, work as urinary alkalizer, balance the pH of urinary system, prevent recurrent UTI infections and act against anti-biotic resistant bacteria’s

Zapp Syrup:

  • Zapp syrup manufactured by Yamuna Pharmacy is a natural remedy for urinary tract infections. It comprises natural herbs, herbal alkalis etc. which sooth the irritated bladder, normalize pH, relieve burning sensation, useful in urethral inflammation, burning micturition and treat and prevent infections. This syrup is free from side effects and can be taken for day to day normal functioning and to maintain a good health of the urinary tract.

Reno Plan Syrup:

Herbal Remedy for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

  • Reno Plan Syrup is a poly herbal formulation manufactured by Planet Ayurveda to normalize the pH level of the urinary tract. The herbs used in the formation of this syrup are anti-inflammatory, analgesic and coolant in nature that sooth the inflamed tract, reduce burning sensation or pain that occurs during urination.

Stondab Syrup:

  • Dabur’s Stondab Syrup is one of the Ayurvedic medicines for urinary problems which is formulated using various medicinal herbs which help to relieve various kidney problems such as recurrent urinary tract infections, non-specific urinary tract infection, urinary calculus, etc.


  • Chandanvita is an Ayurvedic formulation manufactured by Unjha Pharmacy. The herbs in Chandanvita syrup reduce the body’s heat and converts burning sensation to cooling sensation. It acts as a very good diuretic and useful in burning sensation, checks giddiness and headache caused due to excessive heat. This syrup acts as a refreshing and energetic tonic. It is useful in urinary tract infection due to its cooling and alkaline nature.