CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE
by Dr Vaid Ji on Oct 17, 2023
Chronic Kidney Disease is characterized by the gradual loss of kidney function over an extended period, usually months to years. The kidneys play a vital role in maintaining the body's internal balance by filtering blood and excreting waste products and excess fluids in the form of urine. When the kidneys become damaged or impaired, they cannot perform these functions effectively, leading to the accumulation of waste products and a range of health issues.
CAUSES OF CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE:
CKD can be caused by various factors, including:
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure): Uncontrolled high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys, reducing their ability to filter blood effectively.
- Diabetes: High blood sugar levels can harm the kidney's blood vessels and filtering units (nephrons).
- Glomerulonephritis: Inflammation of the kidney's filtering units can lead to kidney damage.
- Polycystic Kidney Disease: A genetic disorder where cysts form in the kidneys, affecting their function.
- Urinary Tract Obstruction: Conditions like kidney stones, tumors, or an enlarged prostate can obstruct the flow of urine, leading to kidney damage.
- Autoimmune Diseases: Conditions like lupus and other autoimmune diseases can affect the kidneys.
- Certain Medications: Prolonged use of certain medications can harm kidney function.
- Infections: Severe or recurrent kidney infections can lead to kidney damage.
SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE:
The symptoms of CKD often progress slowly, and people may not notice them until the disease is in advanced stages. Common symptoms include:
- Fatigue: Feeling unusually tired or weak.
- Swelling: Swelling in the legs, ankles, and face due to fluid retention.
- Changes in Urination: Changes in the frequency and amount of urine, foamy urine, or blood in urine.
- Difficulty Sleeping: Insomnia and restless legs syndrome.
- Hypertension: High blood pressure, often a cause and a consequence of CKD.
- Loss of Appetite: A reduced desire to eat and weight loss.
- Nausea and Vomiting: Feeling nauseated and vomiting.
- Itching and Dry Skin: Skin problems and itching may occur due to waste buildup.
- Muscle Cramps: Painful muscle cramps, especially in the legs.
- Puffiness Around the Eyes: Swelling around the eyes, known as periorbital edema.
AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE
Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine, offers holistic approaches to manage CKD. It focuses on balancing the body's energies (doshas) and enhancing overall well-being.
Diet and Nutrition: Ayurvedic dietary principles recommend reducing the intake of foods high in salt, processed foods, and animal proteins. Instead, emphasis is put on fresh, organic, and plant-based foods. Special herbs like Punarnava are used to support kidney health.
Herbal Remedies: Ayurvedic herbs like Gokshura, Punarnava, and Varuna are often used to support kidney function and reduce inflammation. These herbs can be prepared as decoctions or supplements.
Panchakarma Therapy: This is a detoxification procedure that may be used to remove toxins from the body. It includes techniques like Virechana (purgation) and Basti (enema) to cleanse the body.
Yoga and Meditation: Stress management is crucial in Ayurveda. Practices like yoga and meditation help reduce stress and support overall health.
Lifestyle Changes: Ayurveda promotes a balanced daily routine, including adequate rest and sleep, to support the body's natural healing processes.
Consultation with Ayurvedic Practitioners: It is essential to consult an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner who can tailor treatment plans to individual needs.
Chronic Kidney Disease is a progressive condition with various causes and symptoms. Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to managing CKD, focusing on diet, herbal remedies, detoxification, and lifestyle changes. It is crucial to integrate Ayurvedic treatments with conventional medical care, and patients should consult Ayurvedic healthcare providers for a comprehensive approach to managing CKD.
KIDNEY CARE KIT
ALL PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION IN DETAIL:
- Gokshura Capsules:
Gokshuru capsules are pure ayurvedic medicine which is very effective in kidney disorders as it has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the swelling of the abdomen. It also acts as diuretic which causes increased urine secretion from the body and removal of all the toxins. These capsules contain pure extract of Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris). It provides effective result in acute & chronic kidney disease, chronic renal failure, cystitis, and urethritis, nephropathy, and urinary tract infections.
Recommended Dosage: Take one capsule twice daily with normal water.
- Kidney Care Tablet:
kidney plays an important role in keeping the whole body clean, well-fueled, strong and functioning properly. Kidney failure puts the body at risk, allowing waste to accumulate and damage the kidneys from inside. It is a good idea to do a kidney cleansing and keep a check on the health of the kidneys in your middle and old age. The toxins that buildup results in nausea or feeling sick to the stomach, lack of concentration and blood pressure changes are all symptoms of kidney failure.
Recommended Dosage: Take 2 tablets twice daily with normal water.
- Kidney Care Churna:
The kidney care churna is prepared from herbs like Bhumiamla (Phyllanthus niruri), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), & Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa). These herbs in combination show anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antioxidant, analgesic, etc properties. Kidney care churna keep all kidney function tests (serum creatinine, urea, sodium, potassium, chlorine, & uric acid), etc in normal range. The use of this churna reduces swelling in the body, remove kidney stones, deal with urinary tract infection, general weakness, & fatigue, etc related to kidney patients.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 teaspoonful twice daily with normal water.
- UTI Care Tablet:
UTI Care Tablets helps to treat Urinary tract infections along with the diseases related to kidney, ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra. This tablet contains pure herbal ingredients which are Yavakshar (Hordeum vulgare), kalmi Shora (Pottasium nitrate), Naushadar (Ammonium chloride), Swarna Gairik (Red ochre), etc. UTI Care Tablets are also beneficial in kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, renal colic, burning sensation or pain during micturition, and Hypertension.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice a day with normal water.
- Detox Premium Powder:
The powder contains all the Ayurvedic herbs which strengthen the immune system of the body and prevents the various complications by potentiating immune system. The powder includes :
Parwal Pishti – Parwal pishti is prepared from Coral calcium. It is mainly used in Pitta related disorders and helpful in bleeding disorders. This pishti relieves Ama dosha and improves the digestion power. It also improves the strength and immunity.
Shukta Pishti – It is prepared from Pearl oyster shell. Shukta pishti pacifies Pitta and Kapha dosha. It is the best ant-acid and relieves the abdominal distention. Shukta pishti reduces the rashes on the arms and legs.
Giloy Satva–Giloy satva includes water-soluble extract of Giloy/Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia). It balances the aggravated pitta and acts as a mild-antipyretic, antacid, and immuno-modulator. It also reduces burning sensation in the hands, feet, and body.
Kamdudha Ras–According to Ayurveda principles, Kamdudha Ras has Sheeta Virya thus it is beneficial in every Pitta Roga classified in Ayurveda. It is beneficial in the symptoms like burning sensation, restlessness, bleeding tendencies, excessive thirst, and hot flashes, vomiting with yellowish or sour water.
Akik Pishti – Akik bhasma contains Silicon Dioxide and some herbal extracts derived into in during processing with Aloe vera and Rose water. It is used in General debility, Restlessness. It works well in loss of appetite, weight loss, and feeling of excessive heat in the body.
Gandhak Rasayan – Gandhak Rasayan is a great antibacterial, antiviral ayurvedic medicine. It acts as an anti-pyretic, analgesic, & blood purifier.
Sutshekhar Ras–It is an important medicine used in Ayurveda, which acts on Pitta dosha and reduces the symptoms like nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, sour taste of mouth, restlessness, etc.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 sachet twice a day with normal water.