According to Ayurveda experts, the traditional system of medicine in India offers holistic approaches to managing various health conditions, including chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, it is important to note that Ayurveda should be used as a complementary approach alongside conventional medical care for CKD and one should always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and their healthcare provider before making any changes to the treatment plan.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Puneet, Founder and Director of Karma Ayurveda, shared, “Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) or Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) refers to irreversible deterioration in renal function, which develops over a period. The conventional or usual approach to the management of CKD includes dialysis and kidney transplant. However, these treatments are not affordable for most of the Indian population due to economic reasons. This has created a need for exploring a safe and alternative therapy that can reduce the requirement of dialysis and postpone renal transplantation. Ayurveda or Ayurvedic treatment has been found to be a silver bullet in many cases. The cost of treatment by the ancient Indian science is much lower in comparison to the conventional ways, making it an affordable option for most of the Indian population.”
He informed, “Although dialysis and transplant are common solutions that kidney patients take in their later stages, they might have many side effects as well. For instance, there are chances of kidneys getting rejected in a transplant or suffering kidney infections during dialysis. Considering these risks, Ayurveda treatment for treating kidney ailments is more effective in the long run. Ayurveda not only works positively but also sympathetically for eliminating any kind of kidney damage signs and reviving damaged kidney cells. Ayurvedic treatment has been found to treat patients who are suffering from stage four chronic kidney disease (CKD) and stage 5 CKD without any help of dialysis or transplant. In this way, Ayurveda has medically proven that damaged kidneys can be revived with time with the use of herbal medications along with diet plans.”
Bringing his expertise to the same, Dr M M Bahadur, Director of Administration Nephrology and Kidney Transplant at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai, explained, “Kidneys are a pair of organs located towards the lower back. They filter blood, remove toxins from the body and excrete them in urine. Additional functions served by the kidneys include regulation of blood pressure, maintaining water balance and acid balance. They also play a role in maintaining red blood cell production and activation of vitamin D. Kidney failure occurs when kidneys lose the ability to filter waste from blood. Ayurvedic, indigenous and herbal medicines are alternative and traditional systems of medicine that use herbs and other botanicals to treat various health conditions. Ayurveda is an important traditional Indian system of medicine. Ayurvedic medications are useful in the treatment of various health conditions as well for improving health and boosting immunity. Indigenous medications may have diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. However, some of these medicines can cause harm to the kidneys and even lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD).”
SOURCE & CREDIT: HINDUSTAN TIMES