What is Kidney failure?
When the functions of kidneys gets impaired slowly by periodically from several years due to various reasons. As it occurs since many years so it called chronic renal failure, chronic renal disease, or chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney failure is much more common than people realize. Sometimes it is undetected and undiagnosed until the disease is well advanced. According to Ayurveda, the kidneys are made up from “Rakta” and “Meda” dhatus. Thus treatment of these two dhatus is also very effective way for the treatment of the kidneys.
What are the causes of chronic kidney failure?
When the diabetic patients have no control in their sugar level that results in further damage the glomeruli. If the patient’s diabetes is not well controlled, excess sugar (glucose) can accumulate in the blood. Glucose can damage the glomeruli.
Hypertension (high blood pressure):
The increase in the blood pressure can damage the glomeruli.
Obstructed urine flow:
Where there is blockage in urin flow due to various reasons like stones, cyst, tumor etc that results in kidney failure.
Kidney artery stenosis:
When the renal artery narrows or is blocked before it enters the kidney that also results in chronic renal failure.
Some kinds of jewelry, fuels and solvents have toxins that can lead to chronic kidney failure.
Systemic lupus erythematosis
It is an autoimmune disease. When own’s immune system is attacks trhe kidney that leads to kidney failure.
When kidney fails to do function due to Malaria and yellow fever:
Sickle cell disease, Atherosclerosis
What are the signs and symptoms of chronic kidney failure?
The most common signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease which includes:
Anemia, Blood in urine, Dark urine, Decreased mental alertness, Decreased urine output, swollen feet, hands and ankles, tiredness, high blood pressure, Insomnia, Itchy skin, can become persistent, Loss of appetite, Male inability to get or maintain an erection, More frequent urination, especially at night, Muscle cramps, Muscle twitches, Nausea, Pain on the side or mid to lower back, Panting (shortness of breath), Protein in urine, Sudden change in bodyweight and Unexplained headaches
According to Ayurveda, the kidneys are comprises of the Rakta and “Meda” dhatus. By Treating both of these two dhatus is also an effective way to treat the kidneys.
In Ayurved there are larger number of herbs available which are present by the name of Ayurvedic medicines in the market. In Ayurveda herbs are the ‘medicinal plants’ which are in any form helpful in treating and curing various ailments, as well as increasing the wellbeing, vigour and vitality of an individual. In addition to this, herbs also provide seasoning, flavouring and essence to the food items. It has been described in Ayurveda that for the treatment of kidney failure few things are simultaneously should be taken care of like liquid and diet control, cessation of smoking, aggressive treatment of high blood pressure. The Ayurvedic treatment for kidney failure is based on three principles: (i) treatment of the damaged kidneys (ii) treatment of the body tissues (dhatus) which make up the kidneys and (iii) treatment of the known cause.
In Ayurveda, there are large number of medicines which helps in the treatment of known cause of kidney failure that will also act upon the kidneys. In Ayurveda there are herbs which are helpful in the treatment of the cause which leads to kidney failure like vascular diseases like renal artery stenosis and inflammation of the artery walls (vasculitis) can be treated. Other diseases l Primary glomerular diseases like membranous nephropathy and glomerlo nephritis can be treated Secondary glomerular disease resulting from diabetes, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis etc. can also be treated using the medicines which are appropriate for those diseases. Likewise suitable Ayurvedic medicines can be given for other causes that leads to kidney failure like polycystic kidneys, prostate enlargement and neurogenic bladder.
The advantage of using Ayurvedic medicines in kidney failure is that in many kidney patients, the kidney damage can be sometimes either partly or often fully reversed, so the frequency of dialysis in patient decreases and also chances to increased risk of death from cardiovascular diseases can completely reduced. Hence, in Ayurveda Ayurvedic medicines have the potential for an important therapeutic contribution in all the stages of this condition. According to the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, herbs may be used both in the form of food as well as medicine. And rightly so, herbs provided by Nature make the part and parcel of most of the Ayurveda medicines. Ayurveda claims the usage of herbs to be authentic as it gratifies and supports the very basis of holistic healing. The basic aim of Ayurvedic therapy is firstly to restore the health of a healthy individual, and secondly to do away the affliction of the diseased one. Therefore, in order to achieve either of these objectives, a herb comes into use.
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