Kidney disease is on the rise worldwide. As far as the modern system of medicine is concerned, once the kidneys begin to degenerate there in nothing to revive the kidneys. Dialysis is the only resort.
Early diagnosis for kidney disease:
One of the main reasons a person lands in this state is because of the late detection of the problem. Common tests like blood Creatinine and Urea don’t show any signs of disease till the person has reached the second stage of Kidney disease. So the doctors like to go for 24 hour urinary protein test which can catch the disease early.
In those who are at risk of developing kidney disease, the bio fire has to be kept at optimum levels by eating light (easily digestible) and nutritious diet.
A young healthy person who has no family history of kidney disease need not worry much about the disease and should continue to follow a healthy lifestyle taking nutritious diet.
Persons who are suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure fall in the high risk category of developing Kidney disease. This is because these diseases compromise the blood supply of kidneys.
Ayurvedic perspective for kidney diseases:
Ayureda describes that urine formation starts at the level of digestive system. It is a fact that urea and creatinine etc. which are constituents of urine are the result of protein break down in the digestive system.
Hence if agni or bio fire which governs our digestive system is working well it will break down the proteins properly and send waste products to kidney for excretion. Problem arises when this bio fire is weak and improper digestion leads to formation of toxic waste products or ama. When ama reaches the kidneys they fail to excrete it properly as it is not a normal waste product. As the agni continues to be weak the kidney is overburdened with ama and kidney disease ensues.
Ayurvedic advice for prevention of kidney disease:
In those who are at risk of developing kidney disease, the bio fire has to be kept at optimum levels by eating light (easily digestible) and nutritious diet. Food items like non veg (particularly red meat), dairy, refined wheat and sugar should be avoided. Only eat when hungry and don’t overeat.
While cow’s milk is healthy but given the nature of milk available in the markets today it is better avoided. Too much focus on protein rich diet will be harmful. The diet should be whole and full of variety.
Many Ayurvedic herbs like Daruhaldi (Berberis aristata), Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) have been proven to be beneficial in Kidney disease. While Berberis aids digestion of toxic ama, Punarnava and Gokshura flush the toxins out.