Q: My husband has recently been diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy (kidney disease). He is eventually going to need to have a kidney transplant. His creatinine, bun, hematocrit, etc. are all high or low. Does anyone have have information on herbs/vitamins that could help?
Natural treatments for kidney disease and hypertension
A1: One of the best, and safest, kidney tonics is nettle leaf. I either take the powdered leaf or make a tea with a little lemon grass and stevia for kidney disease.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, especially rutin,will help to strenghten the blood vessels. I prefer to use herbal sources of vitamin C rather thant he synthetics being sold. Amla (amalaki,a mlatali, Indian gooseberry) is the best. Acerola cherry 4:1 concentrates are also good.
In addition to vitamin C, silica is also very important for strenghtening blood vessel walls. Look for silica gels or silica from kelp. I would not recommend using horsetail silica. Horsetail appears to have vasoconstrictive effects,a nd I never recommend it for anyone with heart or kidney disease.
Other herbs I would be cautious of include juniper berries, uva ursi, and manzanita which can irritate the kidneys if used in high doses or for more than 4 days in a row. I would also avoid spirulina, chlorella, and super blue-green algae. These are high in nucleic acids which can contribute to uric acid loads which again can cause kidney damage if the crystals pass through the kidneys unhydrolyzed in to urea. For hte same reason he should avoid meats, dairy, and other high protein sources, as well as beer.
If he is not retaining water, he should drink plenty of water to keep his kidneys flushed.
A2: Kidney disease has ran in my family, and I’ve had my share of kidney infections throughout my life. When I finally worked up an entire program for myself, my infections disappeared.
The diet must be changed along with using herbs. Meats should be avoided. Eating meat causes excessive uric acid. A low protein diet is also necessary. A low protein diet from vegetable sources, such as: peas, lentils, beans, mushrooms and asparagus is recommended. Protein is broken down by the liver and kidneys. Accumulation of protein can result in uremia, which is the toxic build-up of protein waste (such as urea) in the bloodstream.
Bright’s disease involves nephritis, a chronic inflammation of the kidneys, and it is characterized by blood/protein in the urine with associated hypertension and edema. The kidney can not properly excrete salt and other wastes, resulting in retention of salt and water (edema). When the bloodstream becomes toxic with wastes due to kidney malfunction, uremia develops.
Refined sugar and sugar products, and white flour and white flour products must also be avoided. He should also avoid using condiments. Avoid dairy products except those that are soured such as yogurt, buttermilk, and cottage cheese. Your husband would greatly benefit from using soy milk, and all soy products, such as tofu, soy butter, soy cheese, etc. The diet should consist of about 75% raw foods. Have him eat lots of bean sprouts, green vegetables, garlic, potatoes (with skin left on), asparagus, parsley, watercress, celery, cucumbers, papaya, and bananas.
Eating pumpkin seeds is very beneficial for the kidney disease.
Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice, about 3 glasses a day will help greatly.
Have him drink 6-8, 8 oz. glasses of distilled water daily.
This is the tea that I made for myself, and I drank 3-4 cups daily: Marshmallow root, juniper berries, dandelion, blessed thistle, alfalfa, uva ursi, chickweed (for it’s vitamin B contents), and peppermint or spearmint (for taste).
A tea made of 90,000 heat units of cayenne will also be of great help for kidney disease. Start him out with one cup a day, until he can take at least 3 cups daily. (start with about 1/4 tsp., then gradually increase) Use only distilled water in the preperation of the teas.
An herbal enema would also be good. I posted the advice for an herbal enema several days ago, but I’ll copy and paste it here for you. All you need to take a high enema that thoroughly cleanses the colon is a 4 quart enema. You should be able to find these enema bottles at most drugstores.
It is best to take it lying down. Lie on the floor, or in the bathtub. Use 4 quarts of distilled water, or herb teas. It is not usually possible for a person to take the entire 4 quarts at one time, at first. When beginning, take a small amount of water, expel, then take more, and so on until you have used the entire 4
quarts, retaining as much each time as is possible. As soon as the colon is clean, you will be able to retain the full 4 quarts. You must try again and again, until this is possible. When taking the high enema, assue different positions, also roll from side to side, so that the water is allowed to pass in, as sometimes there is a kink in the colon, and many time just a change in position allows a great deal more water to flow in.
There are some cases where there has been a diseased condition of the colon for some time, or some other difficulties which might make it impossible to ever retain this amount of water. In those cases, take as much as possible.
Here are a list of herbs that you can use for an herbal enema: catnip, chickweed, bayberry bark, white oak bark, sheperd’s purse, wild alum root, echinacea, strawberry leaves and raspberry leaves. When using catnip, whether it be for an enema or a tea, always steep it. Never boil it.
I forgot to mention, but the tip of the enema should be lubricated with soap, vasaline, or oil. Also, if there is pain, shut off water and roll from one side to the other, and resume after a few moments rest.