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Ayurvedic Kidney Management

Kidneys are called Vrikka in Ayurveda and are formed by rakta (blood) and medha dhatu (fat tissue). Vrikka is said to be the source or root for Medovaha Srotas (fat tissue channels). Any disease related to the blood and fat may affect the functioning of the kidneys and an example for this is Prameha or Diabetes.

When the kapha dosha blocks the srotas i.e. Mutravaha Srotas (urinary system/ channels carrying the urine), there is an increase in the vata dosha. This can lead to improper production of urine which in turn causes degeneration of the tissues that leads to malfunctioning of the kidneys and eventually damages the kidney.

When there is any problem in the kidneys, the person may experience symptoms like nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, pain, muscle twitches or cramps, variation in the quantity of urination, frothy urine due to excess protein, edema in the ankles and feet, puffiness in the face, constant body itching, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, blood in the urine etc.

Ayurveda uses several safe and effective herbs that help in better functioning of the kidney and even help avoid dialysis. These herbs aim to normalize the doshas and restore the kidney functions by strengthening the kidneys. It is important to note that any treatment given at the earlier stages will help better than opting for treatment in later stages. In the later stages of kidney failure, it is recommended that the patient undergo dialysis or a kidney transplant.

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