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Renal Failure Edema: The Ultimate Guide

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As with any condition, learning how to manage and treat the symptoms is an important step to break-free and live a normal healthy life. In the case of renal failure symptoms, there are unfortunately many to contend with, but it is my hope that this post will serve as guide to eliminate one of the most common of them known as: renal failure edema.

Renal failure edema is a renal failure symptom whereby the kidneys are unable to excrete enough fluid, via the urine, to create a healthy internal balance.

There are many pharmaceuticals drugs (diuretics) and alternative therapies that can help improve urine flow and reduce swelling (edema), but the trick is getting the right one for your kidney disease symptom.

Unfortunately many diuretics can cause renal failure, or reduce kidney function as part of their side-effects… Doesn’t make sense does it?

This is not an exhaustive list by any measure, but the following drugs have been implicated with renal failure or decreased renal function: Spironolactone (Aldactone), Chlorothiazide (Diuril, Diuril Sodium), and Triamterene (Dyrenium). I would recommend asking your doctor next time you visit to double check the side effects of the diuretic that he or she has prescribed you. Otherwise, jump online at www.drugs.com to assess the side effects for yourself; and then bring up any concerns you have with your health care professional.

Note: Diuretic drugs can play a much needed role in the management of kidney disease, especially when a fast and much needed action is required. You just need to play it right, and play it safe.

Option Number 2 (or should it be number 1?)

Thankfully Mother Nature has some answers of her own! She has been busy the last few hundred million years formulating specific plants to provide the same benefits as drugs – the only difference being that there are virtually no side-effects.

That’s not to say you can take any at random, no that is definitely not the case, in fact you have to be just as careful prescribing natural remedies during kidney disease as you do drugs. The only difference is, is that when you select the appropriate plant, the side-effects are always less than the pharmaceutical drugs counterpart.

So What Are The Best Natural Treatment For People With Renal Failure Edema?

Herbal Medicine Tips

In no particular order, here are some of the best herbs to reduce renal edema and improve urination:

  • Celery seed: the is a fantastic remedy, one of the best, but those categorised with stage 3-5 kidney disease need to avoid it; it may be consumed freely as a part of your diet, but not as a concentrated supplement. The plant is also fantastic at treating gout, rheumatism and urinary tract infections.
  • Green tea: has been used as a diuretic in China for centuries, and is very safe. Green tea is also beneficial for atherosclerosis, prevention of cancer, high cholesterol, and infections.
  • Gravel root: a gentle herb used to eliminate excess fluid. Also beneficial for rheumatic conditions, prostatitis, urinary tract infections, and of course kidney stones (hence the name ‘gravel’ root).
  • Goldenrod: beneficial for both the kidneys and reducing edema, however this herb cannot be used in all stages of kidney disease (avoid in stages 3-5). Goldenrod is also an excellent herb for sinusitis, throat infections, cystitis, and flatulence.
  • Dandelion leaf (not to be confused with the root): is a well known diuretic for many centuries. This plant needs to be avoided in those with high potassium blood levels (hyperkalemia), and those with gallbladder problems.
  • Nettle leaf (not to be confused with the root): a great all round herb that is gentle, nutritious and helps heal the kidneys.
  • Juniper: this herb is excellent for eliminating fluid retention, but like celery seed it needs to avoided in cases where stage 3-5 kidney disease is present; also beneficial for rheumatism, digestion, and cystitis.
  • Butcher’s broom: This is herb is a great choice in those whose main contributing factor for fluid retention is poor circulation (which is common in renal failure).

New Hope: Kidney Disease Cure Awaiting Further Studies

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In a major collaborative study between Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, and the University of Pittsburgh, researchers may have just stumbled across a kidney disease cure while exploring fish!

This amazing news will create much hope for millions of people right across the world suffering from kidney disease, and it is something I will definitely keep a close eye on for you all.

Aside from dialysis and kidney transplants, the medical community have not yet been able to find a cure, or anything that comes close as a ‘real’ treatment (unlike natural therapies that currently leads the way).

So for me this exciting, we may very well be at a point in history where we can blend the very best of western medicine, and natural medicine, to help people right across the world with kidney problems.

So What Is The Research, And What Is It Showing?
Well researchers have identified a cell in Zebrafish that has the ability, once transplanted, to regenerate nephrons from one fish to another (Wow), and therefore increase kidney function.

A fact that many people don’t know, is that many non-mammals (e.g. fish) have the capacity to continually generate new healthy kidney cells (nephrons) right through their life; human beings and other mammals on the other hand do not continually generate new kidney cells.

7 Reasons Why You Should Eat Asparagus To Halt Your Kidney Disease

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Asparagus has been used as a medicinal food/herb since before the time of Christ; even its botanical name points to this, Asparagus officinalis. Officinalis is given in acknowledgment to its “official” use as a therapeutic herb. This highly sought after and valued herb is native to both European and Asian cultures; and this is shown in many texts based on botany and herbal medicine findings throughout the regions.

Asparagus is most well known for its specific action on all of the urinary system (kidneys and bladder), the most well known being:

1.      Helps support and facilitate kidney function

2.      Increases urine production (diuretic)

3.      Soothing to the urinary system

4.      Anti-edema – especially with excess fluid from around the heart

5.      Kidney and bladder cleanser

6.      Boosts cellular action in the kidneys

7.      Breaks up uric acid – therefore excellent for gout and kidney stones

*Best avoided in conditions where the kidneys are chronically inflamed (e.g. nephritis), and not to be eaten in excess.

Others actions include: Lowers blood pressure (due to diuretic action), bitter (stimulates digestion), laxative (due to fiber), blood purifier, anti-rheumatic (removes uric acid), anti-parasitic, calming, promotes fertility, beneficial for all aspects of the female reproductive system (highly beneficial for men too).

The magic of this humble plant comes down to many naturally occurring chemicals; unlike western medicine that just singles out one chemical:

  • Asparagin
  • Asparagosdies
  • Asparagusic acid
  • Bitter principles: officinalisins
  • Flavonoids (rutin, quercetin, kaempferol)
  • Glycolic acid
  • Glycosides
  • Saponins
  • Tyrosin
  • Including: Vitamin A, B, C, E, folic acid, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, selenium, iodine, magnesium, manganese, sulphur, silicon

You see the beauty of natural medicine is all in the synergism of all the chemicals in the plant, nature has been running its own “clinical trials” for the past few billion years, and has come up with the best combination of chemicals to help those that walk the earth. And the beautiful part is that once ingested, the body gets to choose which natural chemicals it needs – as opposed to being forced in one direction (i.e. western drugs). Check out this video called The Orderly Chaos of Nature for more information on how plants give man ‘selective’ therapeutic qualities.

Another important factor that this plant “brings to the table” (pardon the pun), is that it is highly alkaline. Now if you have read any of my stuff before you’ll know just how important it is to alkalise your body when you have kidney disease (any other chronic condition for that matter). Asparagus does this so well that it is even used in some cancer therapies just for that! It’s the high ammonia content that is working that here.