Ayurveda for the Kidney Diseases

Panchakarma for Kidney Cleansing

Panchakarma for Kidney Cleansing

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Ayurveda for the Kidney Diseases

 The kidneys are two bean shaped , fist sized organs positioned on either side of the spine in the middle of the back.

They perform several life-sustaining roles. They are the  body’s filtration system, cleaning wastes and extra fluids from the  body and producing and balancing chemicals that are necessary the body to function properly. The kidneys are also responsible for maintaining the balance of salt and minerals in the blood, and help regulate blood pressure.

Any disorder that can damage nephrons (the tiny structures inside the kidney that act as a filter)  can  harm the kidneys and result in kidney disease. Kidney damage usually happens slowly over the years and there are no obvious signs or symptoms, so you don’t realise it’s happening until the damage is done.  When the kidneys fail to work completely the only option is a kidney transplant so you need to take care of the kidneys through right diet and lifestyle.

When the kidneys become damaged, waste products and fluid can build up in the body, causing swelling in your ankles, vomiting, weakness, poor sleep, and shortness of breath. If left untreated, diseased kidneys may eventually stop functioning completely. Loss of kidney function is a serious -- and potentially fatal -- condition.

The main causes of kidney damage are: diabetes, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries around the kidney and sometimes genetic.

Acute Renal Failure

Acute Renal Failure (ARF) is the unexpected and dramatic  loss of kidney function. It happens when the kidneys suddenly stop working over a period of hours, days, or in some cases, weeks. This may happen if the kidneys have experienced a direct injury or an obstruction. Although the condition can be life-threatening, it can also be reversible.

Acute Renal failure symptoms are difficult to detect and may occur for multiple reasons:


  • An external injury may damage the kidneys
  •  Over-exposure to metals, solvents and certain antibiotics and medication
  • A kidney infection may cause them to shut down
  • Obstructions in the urinary tract or renal artery can also lead to acute renal failure.

Symptoms of acute renal failure may include:


  • Problems in urinating or little urine
  • Swelling in the legs, feet and abdomen
  • Feeling of nausea and vomiting.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in the back just below the rib cage.
  •  Feeling restless, fatigued and sleepy

In most cases acute renal failure occurs in connection with another medical condition or event like hospitalization.

 Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease is a cystic genetic disorder of the kidneys and is characterized by the presence of multiple cysts typically in both kidneys. These cysts are noncancerous round sacs containing water-like fluid which keeps enlarging and though kidney is the most affected organ, polycystic kidney disease can cause cysts to develop in the  liver,  pancreas and, in some rare cases, the heart and brain.  This disease can cause various serious and life threating complications.

The cysts keep growing and they compress the healthy tissue and stop the kidneys from working properly. The kidneys get larger along with the cysts, which can number in the thousands. The two most common complications of this disease are- high blood pressure and kidney failure.

Polycystic kidney disease varies in severity, many complications are preventable. Lifestyle and dietary changes along with medical treatments can greatly reduce the damage to the kidneys and can also reduce the growth of cysts.

The main Polycystic kidney disease symptoms are: high blood pressure, swollen abdomen, blood in urine, frequent urination, Urinary tract or kidney infections, back or side pain and headache.

Polycystic kidney disease is generally inherited and rarely can develop in patients with other kidney problems. There are two types of polycystic kidney disease, caused by different genetic flaws  :        Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) and Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD).

 Pyelonephritis

Pyelonephritis is a bacterial infection of the kidneys. Pyelonephritis can be acute or chronic and mostly happens when bacteria travel from your bladder up the ureters into one or both of your kidneys. This disease is more likely to infect women than men.

If treated promptly this kidney infection does not cause serious damage but it can make one feel very sick. If not treated, it can get worse and cause permanent kidney damage. Often the symptoms Pyelonephritis come on quickly , one can feel feverish, burning during urination, shivery, and sick and have a severe pain in your back or side.

Preventing urinary tract infections by maintain good personal hygiene is the best way to prevent pyelonephritis.

 

Renal Tubular Acidosis (RTA)

Renal tubular acidosis is a disorder in which the kidneys become incapable of balancing the acid in the body due to defect in secretion of acid, reabsorption of bicarbonate or both. When this happens the acid  content in the blood shoots up and the acid content in the of the urine becomes lower than normal.

If not treated on time the chronic acidity of blood can lead to various disorders including growth retardation, bone diseases, muscle weakness,  kidney stone and ultimately kidney failure. But such complications are rare, as in most cases of RTA can be efficiently treated with medicines or by treating the condition that's causing the acid to build up.

There are three different types of RTA-


  • Type 1-  Distal RTA
  • Type 2  - Proximal RTA
  • Type 3 -Combined Proximal and Distal RTA
  • Type 4: Hyperkalemic RTA

 Interstitial Nephritis

Interstitial nephritis is a condition where the spaces between the kidney tubules become swollen or inflamed and  that  in turn  effects the  proper function of kidney. Interstitial nephritis may be sudden and temporary (acute), or it may be long-lasting (chronic) and get worse over time.

 The main cause of Interstitial Nephritis is either an allergic reaction to any drug or medication, side effect of certain antibiotic  or an infection.

Symptoms of this condition may include: Blood in the urine, fever, increased or decreased urine output, nausea, vomiting, rash in the body or swelling of the body.

This medical condition can be easily treated if diagnosed on time and with a change in diet and lifestyle.

 Ayurveda for Kidney Diseases

Keeping the kidneys healthy and clean by maintaining a toxin free body  is very important for our overall health. And for this Ayurveda suggests a healthy and seasonal diet and a healthy lifestyle.

According to Ayurveda, the kidneys are made up of the "Rakta" and "Meda" dhatus. Treating these two dhatus is also an effective way to treat the kidneys.

The advantage of using Ayurvedic medicines is that in most patients there are no side effects and the kidney damage can be either partly or fully reversed. Ayurveda says that when the kidneys don’t function properly the body waste build-up it is very important to follow a certain type of diet and lifestyle for keeping the kidneys healthy and toxin free.

Cleansing of kidneys with Kairali Ayurveda focuses on removing all the toxins from kidneys, rejuvenating the kidneys and optimizing kidney function. At Kairali Ayurveda  intake of certain herbal medication , a good diet , a healthy dincharya and panchakarma  are recommended  for kidney cleansing,