What Is Kidney Disease?

UNDERSTANDING KIDNEY DISEASE

Kidney disease can affect your body’s ability to clean your blood, filter extra water out of your blood, and help control your blood pressure.

You’re born with two kidneys. They’re on either side of your spine, just above your waist.

When your kidneys are damaged, waste products and fluid can build

up in your body. That can cause swelling in your anklesvomitingweakness, poor sleep, and shortness of breath. Without treatment, the damage can get worse, and your kidneys may eventually stop working. That’s serious, and it can be life-threatening.

What Your Kidneys Do

Healthy kidneys:

  • Keep a balance of water and minerals (such as sodium, potassium, and phosphorus) in your blood
  • Remove waste from your blood after digestion, muscle activity, and exposure to chemicals or medications
  • Make renin, which your body uses to help manage your blood pressure
  • Make a chemical called erythropoietin, which prompts your body to make red blood cells
  • Make an active form of vitamin D, needed for bone health and other things

What Are the Symptoms of Kidney Disease?

UNDERSTANDING KIDNEY DISEASE
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You might not notice any problems if you have chronic kidney disease that’s in the early stages. Most people don’t have symptoms at that point. That’s dangerous, because the damage can happen without you realizing it.

If your chronic kidney disease is already more advanced, you may:

  • Be vomiting or often feel like you’re going to
  • Pee more often than normal, or less often
  • See “foam” in your pee
  • Have swelling, particularly of the ankles, and puffiness around the eyes
  • Feel tired or short of breath all the time
  • Not feel like eating
  • Not be able to taste much
  • Have muscle cramps, especially in your legs
  • Have very dry, itchy skin
  • Sleep poorly
  • Lose weight for no obvious reason

How does Naturopathy work?
1) By reducing load on kidney by changing diet pattern
2) By allowing time for kidney to rest & repair
3) By activating other cleansing organs e.g. Bowel, Liver, and Skin to support kidney

Which Naturopathy treatments are used?
1) Kidney pack – It’s a combination of hot and cold packs
2) Fomentation – Alternative use of hot and cold towels near the kidney area.
3) Hip Bath – Immersing the lower abdomen in tub filled with water.
4) Friction Bath
5) Reflex and meridian points

How Naturopathy treatments work: Main aim of treatment is to give proper blood supply to kidney.
1) treatments to improve functioning of kidney which is weak and malfunctioning.
2) treatments to remove impurities sticking to kidney
3) treatments to remove infection in chronic infective condition