Renal Failure

Renal Failure

Renal function or the kidney functioning is a vital part of the overall system of the body. It is believed to be affected by diseases or drugs that influence the renal parenchyma, by acute circulatory failure or due to obstruction to outflow of urine. The amount of impairment caused to the kidney function is different in different people; certain effects are acute while others are chronic.

Causes

Acute renal failure include acute glomerulonephritis, bilateral pyelonephritis, systemic lupus erythamatosus and high blood pressure while chronic renal failures are progressive glomerulonephritis, chronic pyelonephritis, polycystic disease and tuberculosis.

Symptoms

  • Collection of fluid in lungs
  • Anaemia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Body swelling
  • Itching on skin

Ayurvedic View

As per Ayurveda, kidneys are connected to the fat tissue carrying channels called madovaha srotas made up of rakta (blood) and meda dhatus (fat tissues). So any disorder associated with these dhatus or tissues have a direct effect on kidneys.

Ayurveda relates renal failure to the blockage of body channels called mutravaha srotas that carry urine. If the incoming flow of fluids is blocked, the kidneys would shrink and if the outgoing channels are blocked, swelling results. Ayurvedic herbs are excellent in cleaning these body channels to reduce swelling and establish the normal renal function.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • For normal kidney functioning and avoiding any damage to this vital organ, maintaining blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar level, body weight and avoiding smoking and alcoholism is very important.
  • Control salt intake.
  • Eat foods with low potassium content like cabbage, apples and carrots.
  • Low protein sources such as cereals, vegetables and fruits are recommended.
  • Avoid foods with high fatty, oily and fried content.