Home Remedies For Nephrotic Syndrome
Kidneys are a very vital organ of the human body. As the human body grows old so do human kidneys. But sometimes the conditions related to kidneys can develop early. One of such conditions that affects both young children and adults is nephrotic syndrome. Nephrotic syndrome is a kidney disorder which results in too much protein loss from the body through the urinary route. The condition is caused due to the damaged cluster of small blood vessels (Glomeruli) which are responsible for filtering waste and excess water from the body. This results in the appearance of a variety of symptoms like protein in urine, low amounts of blood albumin, high blood lipids and significant swelling. Other symptoms may also include weight gain, feeling tired and foamy urine. This condition has its prevalence in fewer than 5 in 100,000 children worldwide and the adult ratio is approximately 3 per 100,000 every year. The nephrotic syndrome can also develop as a complication of diabetes, lupus and many other conditions which can be autoimmune as well.
Causes Of Nephrotic Syndrome
The causes of this condition can be many. Yes, it can be the result of an already ongoing condition like diabetes, lupus, minimal change disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, membranous neuropathy and many others. Or this condition can occur independently under the autoimmune process going on inside the body. Certain infections like HIV, Hepatitis B or C can also cause it.
If understood from the view point of Ayurveda then the condition is the result of Pitta dosha aggravation in the body. It is really important to understand the condition if you really want to manage it using ayurveda and ayurvedic herbs.
So with proper understanding, following are the home remedies that help in recovering the Albumin loss from the body and also help in kidney cells protection along with regeneration.
Home Remedies For Nephrotic Syndrome
So, starting with the home remedies for nephrotic syndrome, it is really important to understand that maintaining the levels of albumin is the most important thing in this situation as it's being lost from the urinary route. Following are the remedies to maintain Albumin levels in Body in this situation:
1. Remedy One – The Mixture
This includes using four types of seeds to make a powdered mixture. Take 100 gms of pumpkin seeds, cucumber seeds, melon seeds and water melon seeds each. Blend them into a fine powder and store in a glass jar. Remember the powder must not catch moisture. This mixture can be given to any patient of nephrotic syndrome whether it's a child or an adult. These four seeds are the great source of albumin and thus helps a lot in this situation.
Dose: Half tsp twice for children and one tsp twice for adults after meals with warm water.
2. Remedy Two – Sprouts
The sprouts are impressively nourishing. They are a high source of protein and are full of vitamins and fibre as well. Sprouts of green gram and black gram are really helpful in case of nephrotic syndrome. They should be served in a quantity of 100 gms twice or thrice daily. Mostly twice is considered but according to need, appetite and digestive strength they can be given. Plus point is it can be given in children as well as in adults.
3. Remedy Three – Decoction
A decoction of turmeric can also help impressively in this case. Take half teaspoon of turmeric and boil it in 80-100 ml of water. Reduce the solution to half and give it to the patient. This decoction can be given twice daily and should be freshly prepared every time. Turmeric has an impressive effect in autoimmune conditions like nephrotic syndrome.
4. Remedy Four – Sattu
A sattu of jau (Barley) will work brilliantly in this case. Why? Because it is rich in various micro nutrients like iron, manganese, magnesium and low on sodium. Thus help in excreting the excess of water retention, make the patient feel more energetic and also help in pitta dosha pacification due to its cooling effect. It is a rich source of fibre thus has its impact on digestion as well (it improves digestion).
5. Remedy Five – Mushrooms
Mushrooms are the known source of plant based protein and help in balancing the loss of protein going on inside the body. Any type of mushroom can be used because the entire mushroom family is having this quality. Tossed mushrooms in cow's ghee can be given to the patient in 50-80 gms of quantity. This is applicable in both adults and childrens.
Do's and Don'ts For Nephrotic Syndrome
There are certain do's and don'ts which are important in the case of nephrotic syndrome. One has to do these changes in lifestyle as well in diet style. Specific things which are triggering the condition are to understand and abstinence has to be done. As nephrotic syndrome is common in many conditions we also have to abstain from the causes which are responsible for aggravating the underlying condition.
Firstly about Diet, Following are the things that are to be added in your diet:
- Choose lean sources of protein. Plant-based protein is helpful in kidney disease.
- Reduce the amount of fat and cholesterol in your diet to help control your blood cholesterol levels.
- Eat a low-salt diet to help control swelling and switch to saindhav lavan or pink salt for better results.
- Reduce the amount of liquid in your diet.
- Avoid having milk and other dairy products.
- Cow's ghee can be taken on regular basis.
- Heavy pulses are to be avoided.
- Citrus fruits and other citrus things are to be avoided.
- If The patient is diabetic, he or she must stop the intake of bananas, white rice and potatoes. But a non diabetic can have these three.
Secondly about Lifestyle, Lifestyle is to be changed. Like the sleep wake cycle is to be maintained. In the case of children such changes are to be maintained by parents.
- In case of any other underlying condition, the reasons for the aggravation of the primary condition are to be controlled.
- Medications causing damage to kidneys are to be discontinued.
- Necessary alterations in lifestyle are to be done which will eventually improve the condition for good. In case of both adults and children.