Ayurvedic Treatment for Kidney Failure

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Ayurveda offers treatment for all stages of different renal problems. At the core of Ayurveda’s success in treating renal problems, or any other ailment for that matter, is customization. Each patient has a unique set of Prakriti, doshic properties and causative factors – all of which are considered before giving treatment and medicines.

A female, middle-class patient from Delhi had been sporadically seeking medical help for fatigue and high blood pressure. Added to these ailments she was also diabetic and obese. It was only when the symptoms became more persistent with the loss of appetite and reduced urine discharge, that an examination proved that her kidneys were functioning at 20 percent less than the normal. The choices she suddenly faced were stark and expensive — kidney transplant or dialysis. Chronic kidney disease or CKD is a silent killer “ in the year 2015, 1,36,000 Indians lost their lives to kidney failure, a rise of 50,000 from the 86,000 renal failure deaths in 2003. In fact, double the number of people lost their lives due to renal failure in 2015 than those who lost their lives due to AIDS.

A paper by the University of Toronto notes that urban and rural India are equally affected by kidney failure deaths with the rate of death higher in urban areas.  So, what is causing the spike in renal diseases in India? A major reason is that an increase in lifestyle diseases and problems such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and dehydration are taking a massive toll on the functioning of the kidney. Often the symptoms of diabetes mask the symptoms of renal failure and it is too late when kidney failure is detected. Even when the chronic kidney disease is detected, patients prefer quick fixes like pain killers which aggravate the problem, rather than treating the root causes of the illness. In the long run, they are left with the painful and expensive choice of dialysis for survival. Is there a cost-effective treatment for CKD that does not exact a heavy toll on the human body?

Ayurveda to the rescue

Ayurveda offers treatment for all stages of different renal problems. At the core of Ayurveda’s success in treating renal problems, or any other ailment for that matter, is customization. Each patient has a unique set of Prakriti, doshic properties and causative factors – all of which are considered before giving treatment and medicines. This level of customization makes it possible to address the disease with more accuracy.

Renal function may be impaired by diseases or drugs that affect the renal parenchyma, by extra-renal disorders such as acute circulatory failure or as a result of conditions in which there is an obstruction to the outflow of urine. The deterioration of kidney function that ensues may be acute or chronic and of varying degrees of severity.

Acute renal failure is caused by diseases like acute glomerulonephritis, bilateral pyelonephritis, severely high blood pressure, and systemic lupus erythematosus while chronic renal failure may result from conditions such as progressive glomerulonephritis, chronic pyelonephritis, polycystic disease of kidneys and tuberculosis of kidneys.

What is Renal Failure?

Renal function may be impaired by diseases or drugs that affect the renal parenchyma, by extra-renal disorders such as acute circulatory failure or as a result of conditions in which there is an obstruction to the outflow of urine. The deterioration of kidney function that ensues may be acute or chronic and of varying degrees of severity.

Acute renal failure is caused by diseases like acute glomerulonephritis, bilateral pyelonephritis, severely high blood pressure, and systemic lupus erythematosus while chronic renal failure may result from conditions such as progressive glomerulonephritis, chronic pyelonephritis, polycystic disease of kidneys and tuberculosis of kidneys.

According to Ayurveda, kidneys are the roots of madovahasrotas (channel of fat tissue) and are made up of rakta and medadhatus (blood and fat tissues). So diseases arising out of this dhatus (tissues) can affect kidneys and cause their failure. Madhumeha (diabetes) is well-known for it.

How Renal Failure treatment at Jiva Ayurveda is different?

According to Ayurveda, this disease is caused by the blockage of minute body channels called srotas. The body channels involved in this case, known as mutravahasrotas, carry urine and are responsible for the flow of liquid into and out of the kidneys. If there are blockages in the incoming srotas the kidneys are denied fluids and shrinkage occurs. However, if the outgoing channels are blocked, swelling occurs. There are very effective Ayurvedic herbs, such as punanarva that can clean these channels and reduce swelling and rejuvenate the kidneys. Ayurvedic treatment aims at strengthening the kidneys, restoring its filtration capacity and general functioning of the kidneys. This line of treatment can eliminate the need for reliance upon dialysis.

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