Occurring as a result of genetic problems; some injury or overreaction to some drugs; and diseases like glomerulonephritis, prostate disease, pin worm infestation of kidney, vasculitis, polycystic kidney disease and hemolytic-uremic syndrome, kidney disease result in progressive loss of renal function.
Symptoms include increase or decrease in the frequency of urination; urgency to urinate at night; edema of face, hands or legs; fatigue; epidermal rashes or itching due to deposition of waste material in blood; loss of appetite and a metallic taste in the mouth due to uremia; hyperphosphatemia; hypocalcemia; pain in bones and chest; and accumulation of fluid in the lungs causing shortness of breath.
Home remedies for kidney disease include:
These remedies are a combination of lifestyle changes and various herbs and diet.
Lifestyle changes include:
Keep your blood pressure under control i.e. below 130/80. Low sodium diet and appropriate medicines can help you in case you are hypertensive.
Blood sugar level should be optimal. Check it at regular intervals if you have diabetes and take necessary medicines and dietary precautions.
Maintain a healthy weight to keep the risk factors of kidney disease at bay. Necessary dietary changes, regular exercising and avoiding fatty and junk foods will help you attain and maintain optimal body weight.
You need to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs as they damage the kidney.
Drink plenty of water as dehydration worsens kidney problems.
Don’t self medicate as many medicines are harmful for the kidneys.
Herbs and diet having a therapeutic impact on kidney disease include:
A decoction made using cherry flower stalks or dry fruit should be taken thrice a day after the main meals to promote urination. An infusion made using its stem can also be taken thrice a day. By virtue of its diuretic properties it helps to flush out the nitrogenous wastes that get deposited as a result of kidney disease.
Astragalus: Consuming 250 mg to 500 mg of the standardized extract of astragalus thrice or four times a day is beneficial for kidney disease as it reduces inflammation of kidneys and works as a diuretic.
Basil: Basil leaves juice taken along with honey daily for 6 months works as an effective diuretic, dissolves kidney stones, keeps a check at our uric acid levels as well as cleanses and strengthens the kidney.
Cucumber Juice: By helping to excrete acids and toxins from the kidney, raw cucumber juice works as a natural kidney cleansing agent.
Radish: It enhances the ailing kidneys’ filtration capacities and dissolves kidney stones.
Dandelion: A decoction made using dandelion roots and leaves is good for correcting kidney disease by virtue of its diuretic properties. It helps to flush out the excess fluid from the body and prevents edema resulting from kidney disease.
Dietary recommendations: You need to avoid protein rich foods like chicken, red meat, pork, beef and animal organs. Highly salted and processed foods need to be avoided as they are rich in sodium. Avoid high-potassium foods like oranges, bananas, potatoes, spinach and tomatoes. Vegetables like eggplant, garlic, rutabagas, winter squash, beets, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, celery, peppers and onion should be part of your diet. Similarly fruits like pineapple, blueberries, red grapes, strawberries, cherries, raspberries and apples are good. Whole grains like unrefined rice, quinoa and millet as well as low fat dairy products should be consumed.
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