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Kidney Diseases and Their Management with Herbal Remedies

Kidney diseases

ABSTRACT

Kidney disease is a worldwide public health concern. Renal diseases can be acute or chronic depending on the symptoms. Acute Kidney Injury leads to Chronic Kidney disease and later progresses to ESRD ( End Stage Renal Disease ) having a high mortality rate. In modern science, the treatment is very limited to dialysis and Kidney transplantation. But there are ample limitations such as donor shortage, graft mismatch, and numerous other concerns. When the kidney stops working properly and is not able to remove the toxins from the body and also it leads to water imbalance in the body. As per Ayurveda, it comes under the mutravaha srotas dushti. This can happen suddenly or gradually. Let’s discuss this in detail!

Kidney diseases

INTRODUCTION

Inside each kidney, there are tiny structures that are known as nephrons. It helps in filtering out blood and removes wastes and excess water which becomes urine. Most kidney disease attacks the nephron. Kidneys are unable to remove waste in that scenario. Patients having hypertension and diabetes will be at higher risk for kidney disease. Other kidney problems include cancer, cysts, stones, and infections. It can be ruled out by getting RFT ( Renal Function Test ), Urine Analysis, Ultrasound, CT scan, and Kidney biopsy. Kidney disease can lead to other health concerns such as nerve damage, weak bones, malnutrition, etc. Some diseases of the kidneys happen during or just after birth. As per the Ayurvedic aspects, all three doshas got vitiated and resulted in kidney failure.

TYPES OF KIDNEY DISEASES

1. Chronic Kidney Disease

It is a long-term condition in which symptoms don’t improve over time. The kidney loses its ability to filter out waste and fluid from the blood. Waste accumulates in the body and harms health. Diabetes and blood pressure leads to damage to the kidney. Urine will become frothy which indicates that there is a presence of proteins in the urine. The patient will feel less hungry than normal. There will be swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet. There will be high potassium levels which will affect the heart as well.

2. Glomerulonephritis

Glomerulonephritis is also known as glomerular disease. When the immune system is overactivated and causes damage to glomeruli. It is of two types:

1. Chronic Glomerulonephritis

It develops with time.

2. Acute Glomerulonephritis

It happens suddenly ( viral infection ).

Initially, it does not show any symptoms, if the damage continues then there will be the presence of blood and protein in the urine. The source of infection could be bacterial or viral. It could be autoimmune or cancerous as well. In many cases, the aetiology remains unknown.

3. Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease is a genetic disorder that causes ample cysts inside the kidney. There are two types of Polycystic Kidney Disease:

  1. Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
  2. Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease

Cyst damages the kidney and makes them larger than normal. This disorder usually occurs between 30 to 50 years of age.

4. Acute Renal Failure

ARF is the sudden loss of functioning of kidneys which is further associated with mortality in 50 to 80% of cases. Kidneys will be unable to excrete the waste out of the body. Electrolytes and fluid balance will also be disturbed. It is sudden damage within a few hours or a few days. It is diagnosed by getting RFT and GFR tests done. The patient will feel fatigued, have a fever, poor appetite, and many more symptoms.

SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY DISEASES

  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Sleep Problem
  • Urinary disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle cramps
  • Swelling over the feet and legs
  • Dry and itchy skin
  • Shortness of breath

CAUSES OF KIDNEY DISEASES

  • Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hypertension
  • Genetic disorders like PKD
  • Sepsis
  • A drug that toxic to kidneys
  • Heavy metal poisoning
  • Renal artery stenosis
  • Weak immune system
  • Prolonged obstruction in the urinary tract
  • Recurrent Kidney infection ( Pyelonephritis)

DIAGNOSIS OF KIDNEY DISEASES

For kidney diseases diagnosis, a patient needs certain tests to determine the severity of the disease

1. Blood Tests

Kidney Function Test is done to check the level of remaining wastes in the blood. Creatinine and urea levels are highly determined.

2. Urine Examination

Analysing the urine sample will lead to revealing the possible abnormalities that point toward chronic kidney failure. The presence of proteins in urine will lead to CKD.

3. Imaging Test

USG of the kidney is done to determine structure and size. Moreover, it has been done to diagnose any cysts or stones in the kidney.

4. Biopsy

It is done under local anesthesia, using a thin needle that is inserted into the skin and into your kidney. The biopsy sample is sent to the lab to rule out the cause of the infection.

AYURVEDIC OVERVIEW OF KIDNEY DISEASES

According to Ayurveda, all kidney diseases fall under the mutra vaha srotas. There are 13 srotas present in the body. Srotas are the pathways for functions to be performed in the body. The impairment in srotas leads to a state of disease. Vrikka ( kidney ) is a sadyo pranhar marma, so death can occur if there is any physical or pathological trauma. The diseases caused to sadyo pranhar marma are difficult to treat hence these are kasht sadhya in nature. All three doshas are equally responsible for kidney disorders. Degeneration of kidneys is due to vata dosha, Pitta is responsible for agni imbalance, and Kapha dosha blocks the srotas. The ingested food is divided into saar and kitta bhag. Saar meets up the nutritive requirements of the body and kitta forms the waste which is in the form of stool, urine, and sweat. Kitta bhag will not be processed properly if there is any disorder in Vrikka ( kidney ). Toxins will get accumulated in srotas and lead to sroto avrodh ( obstruction of srotas ). This entire range of mechanisms will be disturbed.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

Medical Astrology and Mantra Therapy

About Mantra

These 9 mantras are from Atharva Veda, Saunaka Sakha, First Kanda, and Third Sukta. This is addressed by the Rishi Atharva to Devtas namely Parjanya, Mitra, Varuna, Chandra, and Sun. This is popularly known as Mootra Mochna Suktam.

The occasion to listen/recite

It is to recite daily at any time. Usually, listen and recite the mantra while taking medicine prescribed by the doctor or during the dialysis procedure.

Benefits of this Mantra

It is believed that this Vedic chant is capable of curing all types of diseases related to kidneys, kidney stones and enabling the free flow of urine from the body and overcoming dialysis, seeking nature’s power from the sun, moon, Mitra, Varuna, and rain to enjoy the complete relief of urine flow and relaxation of mind.

Meaning of the Mantra

1. . विद्या शरस्य पितरं पर्जन्यं शतवृष्ण्यम्।
तेना ते तन्वे३ शं करं पृथिव्यां ते निषेचनं बहिष्टे अस्तु बालिति ॥१॥

We know the progenitor of Shara- nature’s energy of health and vigor, Parjanya, the abundant cloud of a hundredfold vigor and vitality. Thereby I bring the health of body and equanimity of mind to you. Let there be an infusion of energy, protection of health, and cleansing of the body system without delay here on earth.

2. विद्या शरस्य पितरं मित्रं शतवृष्ण्यम्।
तेना ते तन्वे३ शं करं पृथिव्यां ते निषेचनं बहिष्टे अस्तु बालिति॥२॥

We know the progenitor of Shara-Mitra, Profuse pranic energy of nature of hundredfold vigor and vitality. Thereby I bring you the health of body and peace of mind. Let there be the infusion of vigor, protection of health, and cleansing of the body system without delay here on earth.

3. विद्या शरस्य पितरं वरुणं शतवृष्ण्यम्।
तेना ते तन्वे३ शं करं पृथिव्यां ते निषेचनं बहिष्टे अस्तु बालिति॥३॥

We know the father of Shara-Varuna, Nature’s water energy of a hundredfold vigor and vitality. Thereby I bring you the health of body and peace of mind. Let there be the infusion of vigor, protection of health, and cleansing of the body system without delay here on earth.

4. विद्या शरस्य पितरं चन्द्रं शतवृष्ण्यम्।
तेना ते तन्वे३ शं करं पृथिव्यां ते निषेचनं बहिष्टे अस्तु बालिति॥४॥

We know Shara’s father- The Moon, its profuse herbal energy of a hundredfold vigor and vitality. Thereby I bring you the health of the body and tranquility of the mind. Let there be an infusion of health and vigor, protection of vitality, and cleansing of the body system without delay here on earth.

5. विद्या शरस्य पितरं सूर्यं शतवृष्ण्यम्।
तेना ते तन्वे३ शं करं पृथिव्यां ते निषेचनं बहिष्टे अस्तु बालिति॥५॥

We know the Shara’s father – the Sun of a hundredfold virility. Thereby I bring you the health of the body and tranquility of the mind. Let there be an infusion of health and vigor, protection of vitality, and cleansing of the body system without delay here on earth.

6. यदान्त्रेषु गवीन्योर्यद्वस्तावधि संश्रुतम्।
एवा ते मूत्रं मुच्यतां बहिर्बालिति सर्वकम्॥६॥

Whatever stays collected in your intestine, in the urinary ducts, and in the bladder. Let it be thus released all at once.

7. प्र ते भिनद्मि मेहनं वत्रँ वेशन्त्या इव।
एवा ते मूत्रं मुच्यतां बहिर्बालिति सर्वकम्॥७॥

I remove the obstruction, open the urethra and release the flow. Let the urine flow freely all at once.

8. विषितं ते वस्तिबिलं समुद्रस्योदधेरिव।
एवा ते मूत्रं मुच्यतां बहिर्बालिति सर्वकम्॥८॥

The mouth of your bladder is open like a flood of a sea. Let the urine then flow freely all at once.

9. यथेषुका परापतदवसृष्टाधि धन्वनः।
एवा ते मूत्रं मुच्यतां बहिर्बालिति सर्वकम्॥९॥

Just as the arrow shot and released from the bow flies forth far. So let the urine flow freely all at once.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR KIDNEY DISEASES BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda is a GMP-certified company offering products all around the world. All the products are prepared by following the Ayurveda text under the guidance of MD Ayurveda experts. All the products are safe and devoid of all kinds of adverse effects. Let’s have a look at the formulations

REVIVE KIDNEYS PACK

  1. Mutrakrichantak Churna
  2. Rencure Formula
  3. Varunadi Vati
  4. Punarnava Mandur
  5. Chandanadi Vati

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PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. MUTRAKRICHANTAK CHURNA

It is a wonderful preparation by Planet Ayurveda. It is a blended mixture of herbs like Varun (Crataeva nurvala ), Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri ), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris ), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata). Varun acts as an anti-inflammatory and has renal-supportive qualities. Bhumi Amla acts as a diuretic. Gokshura helps in the normal flow of urine and smoothens the urinary tract. Kalmegh acts as a supportive herb for maintaining digestion.

Dosage:- 1 Teaspoon twice daily with warm water, after meals.

2. RENCURE FORMULA

It is a herbal supplement by Planet Ayurveda for supporting kidney health naturally. This formulation is in capsule form and contains Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa ), Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Plaash (Butea monosperma), Kaasni ( Cichorium intybus ). These herbs help in the proper functioning of the kidneys. It boosts the functioning of the liver and also increases the red cell counts. Helpful in dealing with the complication of Kidney diseases.

Dosage:- 2 capsules twice daily with warm water, after meals.

3. PUNARNAVA MANDUR

Punarnava Mandoor is a traditional ayurvedic preparation. It is best suited for renal system disorders. It contains Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa ), Shunthi (Zingiber officanlis), Pippali (Piper longum), Marich (Piper nigrum), Amla (Emblica Officanlis) etc. It helps to reduce urea and creatinine levels. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It is also a natural remedy for ascites due to kidney failure.

Dosage:- 2 tablets twice daily with warm water, after meals.

4. CHANDANADI VATI

It is a classical herbal formulation used for maintaining kidney health. It provides a cooling effect on the body. It is very good for maintaining a healthy gut. It contains herbs and minerals like Safed Chandan ( Santalum album ), Kabachini ( Piper cubeba ), Safed ral ( Shorea robusta ), etc.

Dosage:- 2 tablets twice daily with warm water, after meals.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES

DON’T’S

  • Avoid self-medication
  • Avoid fatty food
  • Avoid alcohol consumption
  • Avoid high protein diet
  • Limiting salts and potassium
  • Avoid frozen stuff

DO’S

  • Detox regularly
  • Monitor your vitals and maintain Blood pressure
  • Opt for low-potassium sources such as papaya, radish, carrots, etc
  • Have a good sleep
  • Improve appetite and have good bowel habits

Contact Planet Ayurveda Support Team to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at – costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or Call at 0172-521-4040 (India), +91-172-521-4040 (Outside India) or Whatsapp at (+91) 9915-593-604

CONCLUSION

All kidney diseases are serious medical problems and could be very complicated in many patients. The mortality rate is about 50% and it is worsening day by day. This disease could be a burden for any nation. So to eradicate this we have to adopt Ayurveda and natural ways of healing so that a patient would be saved from consuming harmful chemicals. Also, there should be a recitation of the mantras mentioned above while consuming the medicine. In modern days these approaches should be adopted for well being of mankind.

How to Treat Hyponatremia ( Low Blood Sodium) in Ayurveda

ABSTRACT

Hyponatremia is the medical condition when the level of serum sodium goes below 135 mEq/L. It is a medically important and common imbalance of electrolyte which can occur due to various situations or medical illnesses like renal failure, heart failure, pneumonia, liver failure etc. Hyponatremia can be mild to severe in form depending upon the level of sodium decreased in serum. In this write up we will learn all about Hyponatremia and its management through herbal remedies.

INTRODUCTION

There are various electrolytes present in the body and sodium is one of them. It is an essential one which helps to maintain the water balance around and inside the cells of the body. This water balance maintained by sodium is important for nerve functioning and proper muscle function along with maintaining normal blood pressure. The insufficiency of sodium in blood is termed as hyponatremia.

This imbalance is caused due to either too much water (diluting the sodium) or too less sodium creating an imbalance. The normal level of sodium in blood should be around 135-145 mEq/L. However when the sodium goes down to range below 135 mEq/L, the condition is hyponatremia.

When this level of sodium decreases in the cells, too much water starts to move inside the cells resulting in their swelling up. To be noted, this is not a minor change but a major one which can alter almost all the other functions of the body resulting in various signs and symptoms. Various diseases affecting the liver, kidneys, heart, or certain medicines can cause this condition. However the condition can usually be reversed with proper treatment and the patient gets back to being healthy.

Hyponatremia

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Signs and symptoms in patients suffering from hyponatremia can differ depending upon the speed of depletion of sodium. If the sodium level in blood falls slowly and gradually then the patient is likely to not experience any of them, however if the depletion occurs at a faster rate then the complaints are severe. Some of the common signs and symptoms seen are

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of energy or lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Spasm or cramps in muscles
  • Changes in mental status
  • In severe cases the patient can have seizures, loss of consciousness and coma

CAUSES

Low sodium or hyponatremia, i.e. low sodium level in blood can occur due to various reasons. The basic cause behind it can be losing a lot much water and electrolytes. Some of the major causes for hyponatremia are:

  • Severe diarrhea or vomiting
  • Intake of diuretics
  • Intake of antidepressants or other certain medications
  • Kidney failure or other kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Dehydration
  • During exercise drinking water in large quantity
  • Congestive heart failure or other heart ailments
  • Adrenal gland disorder affecting its ability to maintain a balance of potassium, sodium and water in the body
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes insipidus in which the body does not make the antidiuretic hormone
  • Inappropriate antidiuretic hormone syndrome resulting in retention of water in the body
  • Polydipsia i.e. excessive thirst leading to drink too much water
  • Cushing syndrome

DIAGNOSIS

Hyponatremia can easily be detected by a simple blood test which will indicate the low levels of sodium in the blood. Medical history presenting the signs and symptoms will make your doctor doubt hyponatremia further on blood tests. Even if the patient does not have signs and symptoms regular metabolic panels will show it up. On discovering the low level of sodium in your blood further urine tests are advised to check its level in urine. The Results of the urine test will help to determine the exact cause behind hyponatremia.

If the level of sodium in urine is high, it means there is increased loss of sodium from your body and if the level is low in urine as well, this indicates the low intake or there is too much water in the body.

TREATMENT

Treatment for hyponatremia depends upon the cause of it. However the certain measures taken conventionally are:

  • Decreasing the intake of fluid
  • Treatment of underlying cause like liver, kidney, heart or brain disease
  • Cutting off the diuretics or adjusting the dosage
  • Intravenous infusion of sodium solution
  • Other symptomatic treatment is given for weakness, headache, nausea etc.

Ayurveda here can help in treating the underlying condition and maintaining the level of the sodium in the body naturally. There are certain herbs and compounds which help in making a balance between electrolytes in the body. Ayurveda is the holistic science which not only treats the presenting complaints but also deals to eradicate the root cause behind it.

HERBAL REMEDIES BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda is a very well known herbal pharmaceutical company that indulges in the production of herbal medicines and products. All the production is under the strict supervision of the MD Ayurveda doctors and classical Ayurvedic literature is the base of the production. No dye, chemicals, fillers, preservatives, colors, and yeasts are used in any herbal medicine which enhances their efficiency. For hyponatremia, Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal remedies that helps in management of the ailment.

Product List

  1. Chitrakadi vati
  2. Lavan bhaskar churna
  3. Brahmi capsule
  4. Neuroplan syrup

Product Description

Herbal Remedies for Hyponatremia

Herbal Remedies for Hyponatremia

1. Chitrakadi vati

It is classical Ayurvedic formulation prepared from various herbs like Pippali (Piper longum), Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Chavya (Piper chaba) etc. Chitrakadi vati helps in treating diarrhea and hence prevents dehydration. These tablets also improve the function of the liver.

Dosage– Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Lavan bhaskar churna

The chief ingredient of this churna is Rock salt, Black salt, Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), Peepal (Ficus religiosa), Black cumin (Nigella sativa), Anardana (Punica granatum), Black pepper (Piper nigrum), Piplamool (Piper longum) etc. Lavan bhaskar churna helps to fill the sodium deficiency in the blood that is too naturally. It also helps to relieve gastric issues like constipation, gas, bloating etc.

Dosage– Take 1 tsp twice daily with buttermilk or plain water

3. Brahmi capsule

Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi) in standardized form is used to prepare these herbal capsules. Brahmi is known as the brain tonic and hence these capsules help to treat the ailments of the nervous system like confusion, weak memory, seizures and irritability.

Dosage– Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water

4. Neuroplan Syrup

This multi herbal syrup as the name suggests helps to maintain a good nervous system balance and help to treat its ailments as well. In hyponatremia, Neuroplan syrup helps to treat seizures, loss of consciousness, confusion, and other brain related symptoms. It is prepared from Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculatus) etc herbs.

Dosage– Take 2 teaspoon twice daily after meals with plain water

CONCLUSION

Hyponatremia is a common ailment that can affect people of any age or gender. However people suffering from kidney, liver, heart or brain disease are more prone to it also the severity of symptoms depends upon the level of the sodium. Some patients even might not have any complaints while others can have serious conditions. Herbal remedies by Planet Ayurveda help in refilling this deficiency of sodium and maintain the balance of electrolytes in the body naturally.