Category: Kidney Health

Ayurvedic Treatment of Kidney Disorders – Avoid Dialysis

Overview

Kidneys are reddish-brown bean shaped organs in our body. It is located on both sides in the retroperitoneal space at a slightly oblique angle. Right kidney is slightly lower than the left kidney and also smaller in size than the left. Kidneys receive about 1300ml of blood per minute. Kidneys contain approximately one million Nephrons, which is the structural and functional unit of kidneys. The main functions of kidneys are to filtration the blood and excrete the waste products through urine and maintain electrolyte balance in our body. In this article we will discuss the Ayurvedic Aspect of Kidney Disorders.

Introduction

Kidney disorders means your kidneys are unable to filtrate the blood normally or unable to remove the waste particles from our body. Kidney problems include various health conditions such as glomerulonephritis, polycystic kidney disease, kidney stones, ureteric stones, chronic kidney disease, urinary tract infections, nephrotic syndrome and ultimately leads to kidney failure.

Kidney disease affects the body system badly. It will affect the body’s ability to filter the blood and extra water from your body and hampers the blood pressure. It also affects the red cell production and vitamin D metabolism. In kidney disorders our kidneys are not able to excrete out the waste from the body. So that the waste products and fluid can build up in your body and cause swelling in your ankles, face.

kidney failure

Etiology/Causes

Kidney disorders are generally caused in these conditions

  • Diabetes
  • Family history
  • Recurrent kidney infections
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Aging
  • Any kidney injury
  • Drug toxicity
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged obstruction of urinary tract due to any ureteric stone or prostatitis or cancers

Clinical Features/Signs and Symptoms

Kidney disorders easily go unnoticed until the symptoms become severe. So the common clinical features of kidney disorders are:

  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fluid retention
  • Constant fatigue
  • Increase or decrease in the frequency of urine
  • Hyponatraemia (decrease sodium level in blood)
  • Hyperkalemia (rise in potassium level in the blood)

Ayurvedic Aspect of Kidneys

In Ayurveda we termed kidneys as Vrikka. Vrikka is made from rakta (blood) and medha (fat) dhatu. Vrikka is the source for Medovaha strotas. So anything which affects the Rakta and Medha dhatu will affect the functioning of the kidneys and one example for this is Prameha (Diabetes). When kapha dosha blocks the strotas (channels) i.e. mutravaha strotras which further leads to various kidney problems. Now we will discuss the Raktavaha and Medovaha strotas dushti.

Raktavaha Strota Dusthi (Blocked Blood Channels)

Causes Of Vitiated Raktavaha Strotas1

Kidney Failure

This shaloka states that when a person eats unfavourable or contaminated food, consumption of excessive hot or liquid food stuffs, excessive exposure to sun and fire and wind then raktavaha strota get vitiated and cause kidney disorder.

Medovaha Strotas Dusthi (Vitiated Fat Tissue)

Causes of Medovaha Strotas Dusti2

Kidney Failure Treatment

This shaloka states that the medovaha strotas are affected due to lack of exercise, day sleep, intake of too much fatty food and excessive alcohol consumption.

Treatment for Vrikka Roga (Kidney Disorders)

Ayurveda is a part of ancient traditional medicine which is derived from knowledge and wisdom of Ayurvedic Acharyas and this path has served the patients since 5000 years. Ayurveda is the ancient and pure form of treatment which treats the disease from its root cause.

This ancient pathway treats the patients without any side effects. Allopathy doctors believe that kidney disorders are neither reversible nor they do have permanent treatment. They said that disease progress could be slowed but after reaching the end stage the only solution for this disease lies in dialysis and at last kidney transplant.

But Ayurvedic experts believe that kidney diseases are not only reversible but also treatable if detected earlier. Ayurveda divides the human body according to doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) and dhatus (rasa, rakta, mansa, meda, asthi, majja, sukra). Unlike allopath, Ayurveda doesn’t focus on treating the symptoms of the disease but also treats the whole body. For the treatment of kidney disorders we have to manage or open or clear the blocked channels of Raktavaha and Medovaha strotas

Treatment of Vitiated Raktavaha Strotas3

Kidney Failure Herbal Remedies

This shloka states that in the diseases caused by vitiated Raktavaha strotas (kidney disorders) one should do the treatment which evacuates the blood and do procedures like purgation, fasting and blood-letting.

Treatment of Vitiated Medovaha Strotas4

Kidney Failure Herbal Remedies

Above quoted shaloka means that for this condition we should do emesis, purgation, blood-letting, physical exercise, fasting, sudation, herbal formulated smoking. Use of haritaki (Terminalia chebula) powder with honey and mostly use rough food grain.

At Last We Have To Follow Pathya or Apathya Ahara-Vihar To Manage This Disease

Pathya Ahara (Favourbale Food)

People Who Are Suffering From This Condition Must Follow The Following Diet Chart

  • Red rice
  • Wheat
  • Raddish
  • Ochra
  • Goat milk
  • Ghrit
  • Amla (Emblica officinalis)
  • Banana
  • Grapes
  • Coconut water
  • Jaggery

Apathya Ahara (Unfavourable Food)

Patients Must Avoid Following Food Items

  • Tila (Sesamum indicum)
  • Urada (Vigna mungo)
  • Kulthi (Macrotyloma uniflorum)
  • Curd
  • Salt
  • Sour products
  • Avoid fish consumption

Pathya Vihara (Favourable Lifestyle)

One Must Follow This Lifestyle for Managing Kidney Disorders

  • Do light exercises
  • Morning and evening walk
  • Apply sandalwood paste over body
  • Detoxification of body by vamana (induced vomiting)
  • Get exposure to cold wind

Apathya Vihara (Unfavourable Lifestyle)

One Must Avoid These

  • Exposure to sunlight and fire
  • Suppresses the natural urges
  • Heavy exercise
  • Sudation therapy

Some Yogasana And Pranayama Are Also Helpful In Kidney Disorders. Some of the Yogasana and Pranayama Are

Yogasana

  • Chakraasana
  • Gomukhasana
  • Vajrasana
  • Dhanurasana

Pranayaamas

  • Bhastrika pranayama
  • Kapalabhati
  • Nadi shudhi

These Asana Are Followed By 5 Minutes Of Shavasana. These Must Be Done For Approx 5-10 Minutes.

Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda provides herbal products for the treatment of kidney disorders.This is the manufacturing company which manufactures various herbal products for the treatment of various disorders. These herbal products are made from pure and standardized products of natural and potential herbs and made under the guidance of expert ayurvedic physicians. These are 100% natural and vegetarian products. All these herbal products are made from natural herbs with ancient time tested formulas.

Planet Ayurveda provides 2 packs for kidney disorders.

  1. Revive kidneys pack
  2. Revive kidneys pack for advanced stages

1. Revive Kidneys Pack

Herbal Remedies for Kidney Failure

Herbal Remedies for Kidney Failure

This Pack is Beneficial in Mild Symptoms of Kidney Disorders.

This Pack Includes

  1. Varunadi vati
  2. Mutrakrichantak churna
  3. Rencure formula
  4. Punarnava mandoor

2. Revive Kidneys Pack for Advanced Stages

Herbs for Kidney Failure

Herbal Remedies for Kidney Failure

This Pack Is Helpful In Severe Cases of Kidney Problems

This Pack Includes

  1. Mutrakrichantak churna
  2. Varunadi vati
  3. Rencure formula
  4. Punarnava capsules
  5. Phyllanthus niruri
  6. Echinacea capsules
  7. Nephralka capsules

Conclusion

At last we concluded that by following these ayurvedic regimens one can get permanent relief from kidney diseases. As said above that according to allopath kidney disorders are irreversible and have no permanent treatment. But in Ayurveda there is a treatment for kidney disorders without any side effects. These herbal remedies are very effective in the Treatment of Kidney Disorders and save patients from harmful dialysis and transplantation procedures.

References

  1. Charaka vimansthan 5/13
  2. Charaka vimansthan 5/15
  3. Charaka sutrasthan 24/18
  4. Charaka sutrasthan 23/8-9

Can Addison’s Disease be managed with Ayurvedic Remedies without Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Addison’s disease is also called Adrenal Insufficiency, as it damages the adrenal gland causing low production of the steroid hormones “Cortisol” and “Aldosterone”. It is a health problem that can be serious if not treated on time but it is good to find that it is uncommon and can be managed well with natural methods of treatment. So, let us know deeply about why is the normal production of these hormones necessary? What are their functions in our body? How does Addison’s disease appear, what are the indications and how can it be treated with the most ancient and traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda.

What is Addison’s Disease?

As discussed above, Adrenal insufficiency is another name of Addison’s disease, which clearly mentions that the main issue here is with adrenal (cortex) gland. The adrenal glands are situated just above our kidneys and helps in maintaining body functioning by forming some necessary hormones. When these glands failed to produce the appropriate amount of “Cortisol” and “Aldosterone” hormones, then the situation occurs. It can affect the people of any age group irrespective of their sex. The adrenal cortex is also responsible for producing sex hormones “androgens”. Cortisol hormone aids in body response to stress, and maintaining blood pressure, blood sugar levels, healthy heart and strong immunity whereas Aldosterone helps in regulating the level of sodium and potassium and the fluid that is excreted by the kidneys in the form of Urine.

Addison's disease

How can Addison’s disease be identified?

The symptoms of Addison’s disease don’t appear in the primary months but starts to be visible gradually after some period of time. In most of the cases, the signs are negligible until an injury or illness makes them worse.

These signs include

  • Excessive Tiredness
  • Reduced appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Craving for Salt
  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Mouth sores
  • Low BP, which may result in fainting
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Muscle or joints ache
  • Mood Irritation
  • Disturbed Sleep
  • Mental symptoms
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Body hair loss

Acute Adrenal Failure

Other than these gradually developing symptoms, it can also result in acute adrenal failure which means Addisonian crisis. It can be sudden and life-threatening, so if a person experiences any or more of the below signs suddenly then it should be taken as a medical emergency:

  • Severe weakness / fainting
  • Confusion
  • Lower back or leg pain
  • Severe pain in abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Low BP

What are the causes of Addison’s disease?

As already briefly discussed above that the main cause of Addison’s disease is insufficient amount of two essential hormones that are Cortisol and Aldosterone. This insufficiency happens when the adrenal (cortex) glands get damaged. There are two types of Adrenal insufficiency, one is Primary and the other is Secondary. The most common causes of Primary type can be:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Infections of Adrenal glands or other parts
  • Adrenal gland or other types of Cancer
  • Bleeding into the Adrenal Gland
  • Surgical history

On the other hand, the secondary type can especially be the result of the intake of certain drugs for the treatment of some chronic conditions like Arthritis, Asthma, etc.

Are there any complications of Addison’s disease?

We have already mentioned a complication above while knowing the symptoms i.e., Addisonian Crisis. Moreover, the people suffering from Adrenal insufficiency are more at risk of getting autoimmune diseases than all others.

How to Diagnose Addison’s disease?

To diagnose Addison’s disease, some lab tests including urine test, blood test and imaging tests, need to be done in order to check the sodium, potassium and the hormonal levels along with the physical examination by a well-qualified physician.

What is the Best Treatment for Addison’s Disease?

Hormone Replacement therapy which is the common treatment being provided for Addison’s Disease can provide relief for a period of time, but it never eliminates the root cause of the problem, also show many adverse effects on health in the long run. So, to safeguard people against these bad results of this therapy and the severe consequences of adrenal insufficiencies, Planet Ayurveda has prepared some effective combination of herbs which not only treat the condition but also help in preventing its recurrence. Moreover, the herbs are safe to use and the supplements are 100% pure containing natural extracts without any additives or chemicals.

  • Navkarshik Churna
  • Gotukola Capsules
  • Kanchnar Guggul
  • Boswellia Curcumin

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Herbal Remedies for Addison's disease

 

Treatment of Addison’s Disease

1. Navkarshik Churna

Navkarshik Churna from the house of Planet Ayurveda is prepared totally with the reference of Chakradatt Samhita, thus is the best classical formulation in an attractive pack, which is easy and convenient to take. It is one of the best Ayurvedic medicines that are mainly recommended for gouty arthritis.

The Major Herbs in this Product are

  • Neem (Azadirachta indica)
  • Katuki(Picrorrhiza kurrao)
  • Manjishtha(Rubia cordifolia)
  • Giloy(Tinospora cordifolia)
  • Vacha(Acorus calamus)
  • Bahera(Terminalia bellerica)
  • Haritaki(Terminalia chebula)
  • Amla(Emblica officinalis)
  • Daruhaldi(Berberis aristata)

That together acts in relieving joint pain, inflammation, and modulating immunity. Therefore, it is a well-supportive remedy for Addison’s disease.

Dosage: 1 tsf with plain water, twice daily after the meals.

2. Gotukola Capsules

These capsules are manufactuted using the standardized extract of Gotukola / Mandookparni (Centella asiatica). It balances the tridoshas, maintains healthy brain functions and supports proper blood circulation. The herb is good at combating stress and depressive symptoms. It is also helpful in improving sleep and energy levels of the body. Hence, it aids in the management of Adrenal insufficiency.

Dosage: 1 Capsule with normal water, two times daily after the meals.

3. Kanchnaar Guggul

Kanchnaar Guggul is a combination of containing extract of

  • Kanchnaar Bark (Bauhinia variegata)
  • Amalaki(Emblica officinalis)
  • Haritaki(Terminalia chebula)
  • Bibhitaki(Terminalia bellerica)
  • Black Pepper(Piper nigrum)
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Pippali Piper longum)
  • Varuna (Crataeva religiosa)

It is a classical formulation which is prepared with the reference provided in the chapter of Cancer treatment in Shrangdhar Samhita. So, we can easily define that this herbal formulation is good at eliminating tumors, rejuvenating cells and detoxification of the body. With these fundtions, it becomes an effective herbal medicine for treating Addison’s disease.

Dosage: 1 tablet thrice a day, with lukewarm water after the meals.

4. Boswellia Curcumin

Boswellia Curcumin, the name of the formulation itself says that it includes two major ingredients that are Shallaki(Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin(Curcuma longa). These herbs are blended together to act more efficaciously in the conditions of severe inflammation, joint and back pain, and to cut down the unnatural growth in the body. So, to manage the causes and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency, the product is involved in its treatment.

Dosage: 1 Capsule two times a day with plain water, after the meals.

Conclusion

Hence, to conclude, we should say that after learning about the types of the disease and its different situations, causes and symptoms. Ayurvedic treatment can be tried before going for a treatment which will have the negative effects on life forever. The herbs have the ability to deal with the health problems, and when they are adopted at the initial stage, they can be more wonderful than the other drugs and chemicals available. For further assistance, reach us anytime at herbalremedies123@yahoo.com or visit www.planetayurveda.com.