There are lots of great herbs and ways of supporting kidney disease… I had kidney disease and now I am totally cured.
It took time to cure my kidney disease, and I had to find out what herbs and diet worked best for kidneys regeneration… and to make them thrive once again.
Here is what I recommend:
Remove - First of all there are some things that need to be avoided when you have kidney disease including alcohol, highly spicy food (really hot), salt, soda, ice cream, sugary foods, no caffeine, and highly acidic foods. It would be good to remove these from your diet completely or at least as much as possible because they cause inflammation and kill kidney tissue.
Use very little salt, no fast food, no processed food, if in doubt don’t eat it, chemicals are not good for the body. No wheat, no bread, no barley, no spelt, no rye – all of these are highly inflammatory, in fact most grains are not that great for the body. And No GMO foods – all of these are highly inflammatory.
Queen of the Meadow Root - Queen of the Meadow Root or sometimes called Gravel Root grows all over in marshy areas of the US and Canada and was well known by the Native Americans for healing lots of different health problems.
In fact my first encounter with Gravel Root was when I had terrible kidney disease and upon taking my first dose all my aches and pains from accumulated toxins disappeared. – Amazing!
Gravel Root is a wonderful diuretic that helps to rid the body of toxins. And it also helps rid your body of accumulated water… thus helping you to lose weight.
Gravel Root works well to change your pH from acid to alkaline because of not eating right. Thus helping to keep away inflammation that causes disease such as cardiovascular disease, strokes, and even cancer.
Gravel Root is great for getting rid of inflammation of the kidneys thus helping to end nagging backaches. Also helps with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions such as prostate inflammation. Also works well for migraines and headaches.
Gravel Root helps to prevent and break down kidney stones. It also helps to get rid of gravel and sand in the kidneys hence the name Gravel Root.
Gravel Root works well for relaxing, soothing, and helping with stress and soothing jangled nerves.
Antioxidants - Take lots of great antioxidants in their natural form as much as possible, goji berries, blue berries, acai berries, maqui berries, camu camu berries, grape seed extract, avocado seed, and many more. All of these are great for healing kidney disease.
Water – First of all you need to drink a lot of water – at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day – I recommend at least 1/2 liter in the morning and 1/2 liter in the afternoon and more. – Drink Reverse Osmosis Water… You can buy these machines at any home repair center for very little money, it’s the best water, even kidney doctors recommend this water for their patients. This is what we drink at home, most water has lots of toxins in it, so please get this device and filter your water.
Poria - Poira has been used in China for over 2,000 years, and it even grows in the US and was used in the past as food by Native Americans when food was hard to find.
Poria is well known in Chinese Medicine as a very powerful herb that works wonders for many disease processes including kidney disease… and has been used for centuries for those who are stress out and over worked. Poria works well for arthritis, joint pain, swelling of the joints, kidney disease and other inflammatory diseases.
Poria is a good diuretic making it important for getting rid of water retention and stocking of the legs from edema caused by cardiovascular problems. Poria helps with fatigue and has been used in combination with other herbs for hundred of years for fatigue.
Poria contains many compounds that are powerful antioxidants that help to prevent DNA damage and slow the ageing process. Poria being a powerful antioxidant also boosts your immune system thus helping to prevent disease.
Poria also works well for relaxing so a person can get a good nights rest. Poria has a profound effect on the nervous system, soothing and relaxing, and helping with stress.
Green Juice – Drink 2 – 8 oz glasses of green alkalising juice each day – Kale, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Swiss Chard, Turnip Greens, Beet Greens, and any other kind of green leafy veggie you can find. Alkalising keeps inflammation away and that is very important for kidney disease.
Chlorella – Take 3,000 mgs of Chlorella per day, you can buy this in 1,000 mg tablets – it’s a green algae that has over 60 different nutrients in it… and it will do your body good – Powerful! Chlorella gives you every essential and none essential protein that you need and everything else.
Punarnava or Spreading Hogweed comes from Asia, India, China, and South America and this low growing plant has many health benefits. Used in Ayurvedic Medicine for thousands of years Punarnava has become a staple for healing and creating health especially for kidney patients.
Punarnava is a very potent diuretic herb that helps get rid of excess body fluids… and at the same time prevent the formation of urinary stones… and helps those suffering from chronic renal failure with high urine creatinine levels, high urinary albumin, and urinary protein. Studies show that patients using Punarnava for one month had an increase in serum protein and a lowering of urine protein thus having a very good improvement in kidney function. And in Ayurvedic Medicine in India those suffering from terrible kidney disease are many times given Punarnava with dramatic results.
Punarnava also works well for liver problems such as jaundice, hepatitis, ascities, toxic and sluggish liver and also helps with anemia. It’s a good detoxing agent for the liver and powerful immune boosting agent that helps with cardiovascular disease, and Punarnava increases circulation and also helps with edema.
This wonderful herb is a good agent for those suffering from arthritis and other joint diseases, and it also helps with pain associated with arthritis which is sometimes associated with kidney disease. This herb can be made into paste and used directly on the arthritic joints. Punarnava contains lots of healing alkaloids such as triacontanol hentriacontane, ursolic acid, rotenoid boeravinones… and lignans such as syringaresional mono-b-d-glucoside that are very healing.
Astragalus Root - Astragalus Root is used to as an aid to digestion, raising metabolism, and strengthening the immune system. Good for wound healing and also to increase endurance.
It stimulates antibody and white blood cell production, and thus increases resistance to viruses. Astragalus reduces gastric acid and thus helps with stomach ulcers, and helps with breathlessness due to heart disease and helps prevent heart attacks by preventing the formation of clots. And Astragalus Root may also reduce high cholesterol and blood pressure.
Astragalus Root is a good adaptogen, and it helps to heal and regenerate kidney tissue, and it’s a great diuretic and it also helps with stress.
Dandelion - Dandelion Tea is really great for your liver and kidneys… and will also help rid your colon of toxins. Dandelion greens are great tasting in a salads, and you can pick them fresh from your yard (if you have not used sprays and chemicals on your yard) or you can buy them fresh at large health food stores.
Ze Xie – Ze Xie is slightly bitter with a bit of sweet smell that’s powerful. Ze Xie is an extremely powerful diuretic that works well for retain water. Those suffering from any kind of edema will find Ze Xie very helpful.
Those who have very dark urine and or very little urine even though they drink lots of water are helped by Ze Xie. Ze Xie increases the passage of fluids from the body and creating copious amounts of light colored urine. Ze Xie is well known for getting rid of excess dampness of the body and also helping with Kidney Fire… helping the bladder, kidneys, stomach and the spleen. Ze Xie is also used in combination with other herbs to treat urinary tract infections.
Corn Silk - Corn Silk Tea is easy to come by and grows almost every where in the world, and it has great healing abilities. Corn Silk Tea is a great diuretic and for those who suffer from fluid retention without putting a lot of stress on the kidneys.
Rehmannia - Rehmannia is an herb that grows in the tropics and especially in Asia and lots of people use Rehmannia.
Rehmannia is really great for bringing vitality to the spleen, kidneys, and liver, plus Rehmannia is full of Vitamins A, B’s, and C. Rehmannia balances blood sugar levels making it great for diabetics… and it works well for people who have anemia.
Rehmannia boosts liver and adrenal functions bringing vitality and power back into the body. Rehmannia helps lower cholesterol and also increases circulation… and a very good anti-inflammatory agent too.
And it works wonders for kidney disease… and can even stop the progression of kidney disease. Rehmannia is full of great antioxidants… and studies show it really does help restore impaired hearing. And mixture of Golgi Berry and Rehmannia also can inhibit the growth of cancerous liver tumors.
If you’re tired and over worked then Rehmannia is a great herb that works well for stress and kidney disease… it has been around for hundreds of years.
Corn Silk - Corn Silk Tea is a good anti-inflammatory agent making it good for arthritis and also for inflammation of the urinary tract. If you suffer from bladder infections then taking 2 or 3 cups of Corn Silk Tea a day will help clear things up. Bladder stones can be helped with Corn Silk Tea too… easing the inflammation and also helping to make the stones pass.
Circadian Rhythms – Get up at 6 AM – Go to be at 10 PM. You need to reset your circadian rhythms. You have two little cells that flash on and off every second in every organ of your body and especially your heart. And they know when you should be sleeping and when you should be up and awake. – If you go against this way of living it shortens your life span… listen to your body.
Meditation – First thing in the morning after going to the bathroom sit down and concentrate on your breathing – breathing in and out, if you find a thought coming into your head, say to yourself “I will get to that later and go back to your breathing”. Do this for 30 Minutes, this gives the mind/body a rest. Even during sleep your mind is not resting it’s dreaming and working things out. Meditation turns off the mind for a little while, and meditation takes practice and surrender to the process. Even Dr. Dean Ornish recommends Meditation, and Meditation has nothing to do with Religion, it’s about healing. We now know that people who meditate have good genes expressed and bad genes are shut off and not expressed- Wow – Amazing Stuff! Meditate for 30 minutes first thing in the Morning and in the evening for 30 Minutes. – It will do your body good.
Breakfast - Have breakfast in the morning before 8AM with 1 1/2 cups of fruit – and 1/2 cup of almond milk or nut milk of any kind… and 1/2 cup of raw flattened oatmeal – rolled oats. Good old old fashioned oats, but don’t cook it – use it raw and use honey or agave nectar or some other good sweetener – no chemicals.
Use any kind of fruit you want – papaya, apples, mangos, berries, strawberries, whatever makes your heart sing – all raw, the more different colors you eat the better.
Lunch - Have a green salad for lunch, with lots of veggies, all raw. Cooked food is seen by the body as an invader so you want to eat at least 75% raw food – It’s healing.
Have lots of different coloured foods in your salad such as: red, yellow, green, purple, all the colors of the rainbow in your beautiful salad, it’s healing. Coloured veggies are full of antioxidants that are healing.
Snacks – In between eat carrot sticks, any other veggie, and fruit of any kind as snacks – eat 4 snacks a day at 10AM, 2PM, 4PM, and 7PM. That’s 1/2 cup of any of fruit or veggie.
Dinner – Have dinner at 5 or 6 PM - Dinner is a soup that you can make at home and it’s very healing. Make a soup of broccoli, cabbage, kale, swiss chard, turnip greens, been greens, and any other green that you like and add spices, no salt or very little salt, and use low sodium veggie stock.
Also add 4 cups of beans of your choice, such as pink beans, garbanzos, lentils, all of the beans are great. Don’t use canned foods, cook the beans yourself, canned foods are toxic with lots of chemicals in linings of the cans. You can eat as much of this soup as you like in the evening, within reason, up to 3 or 4 cups.
Once a Week Treat – If you want something sweet once in a while have some Sorbet. Take frozen bananas and any other kind of fruit and blend them in a powerful blender… and you have a great sorbet. You can add the sweetener of choice if you like, see above.
Remove – Remove the following from your life. No meat, no chicken, no fish, no seafood, no eggs, no cheese, no milk, no added oils, no canned foods, no artificial flavours, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial anything, no chemicals of any kind, and if you don’t know what it is don’t eat it.
Organic – Eat organic if at all possible – that is the best to go.
Protein – If you want protein eat Beans, Nuts, Seeds, all organic. You only need 5 or 6 % protein and that is exactly what you get on this way of eating.
Exercise Every Day – walk – work up to 5 miles a day – if it’s hot outside… walk in a mall where it’s cool. Or swim – work up to 5 miles swimming, or you could bike ride or any other exercise that gets your heart pumping fast. You do have the time, you just have to make time and schedule exercise into your life everyday.
Have Fun – Get out and have fun, have a life with friends…. that’s important for good mood and mental clarity.
Fear - From a spiritual perspective kidney disease is connected to fear. So it’s important do work on your fears and overcome them. Try hypnosis and talk therapy to work out all your fears and find inner peace… also meditation which is vital for finding peace.
Garden - Start planting a garden, you need organic veggies, and working in a garden is very healing and healthy both for the mind and the body, people who garden live longer lives.
Thinking - Think positive thoughts, the mind/body is one, and science has proven this now – it’s a fact that what you think changes your body.
Laugh – Laughter is very healing and science has proven this too… and it’s overcomes fear. So laugh and laugh and then laugh some more.
Forgive - Forgive, forget, and let go… that’s important! If you hold resentments and anger inside it hurts your body with high blood pressure, cancer, and more… science has proven this too.
And if you have questions feel free to contact me.
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com - feel free to contact him any time.
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