Herbal Medicine - Kidney Disorders
Your kidneys’ main function is to filter waste products from your blood and pass them out via your urine. They also work to regulate; fluid balance, electrolytes and pH, assist in red blood cell production and synthesise vitamin D. Effective kidney function is paramount to good health. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the kidneys are considered to be the home of your Qi reserve, it is used not only to support the functioning of your kidneys but also to help boost other organs when their own Qi levels are low. Your kidneys vitality also play a part in your fertility health. If your kidneys are weak they cannot send vital nutrients along the smaller meridians (energy pathways) to your reproductive organs. These are all the reasons why it is important to support and nourish your kidney function.
Signs and Symptoms that your Kidneys may be struggling
Fluid retention, swelling in your hands or feet
Puffiness around the eyes in the morning
Increased blood pressure
Hearing and ear health issues
Hot flushes / Night Sweats
Fatigue and Chronic tiredness
Feeling cold even when other people feel warm
Dizziness and feeling weak
Metallic taste in your mouth
Itchy skin that has a strong odour
Dark coloured and/or frothy urine
Common causes behind reduced kidney function
Chronic stress or anxiety, “living on adrenalin”
Diabetes – Type 1 or 2 – this is one of the number one causes of kidney disease
High blood pressure
Heavy metals or environmental chemical pollutants
UTI that has spread to your kidneys
Family history of kidney disease
How can herbal medicine help me?
During your first consultation with me we will look at all your surrounding medical and family history, physical symptoms, emotional/ mental issues, environmental pollutants and diet and lifestyle to assess what has created your kidney function to reduce.
Once I have this information then I will be able to create a treatment plan for you focusing on your areas of imbalance. In some cases, I like to test your hair for heavy metals (HTMA – Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis) as if these levels are high they can put a strain on your kidneys. Blood test results from your doctor can provide me with much useful information about how your kidneys are functioning, your fasting insulin levels, blood biochemistry, iron and vitamin D levels.
In cases of treating kidney disorders with herbal medicine my aim is to address the root cause of the issue and also support and revitalise your kidney function. I will go through diet and lifestyle advice with you too to put you on the path of a kidney friendly diet.
Herbal medicine can help to:
- Support glomerular filtration rates
- Reduce inflammation in the kidneys
- Support and nourish the adrenal glands
- Nourish and calm the nervous system to reduce stress and anxiety
- Tonify the urinary tract
- Reduce fasting insulin levels and support the pancreas
- Improve other elimination and detoxification pathways through the liver and bowels