Kidney Diseases And Their Management - Mantra Therapy & Herbal Remedies
Kidneys are bean-shaped organs located toward the back on either side of the spine under the rib cage. The function of kidney disease is to filter the blood and drain out the toxins. The main and prime function of kidneys is the filtration of blood. The size of the kidney is approx 5 cm. Impaired kidneys lead to the building up of debris/toxins in the blood which may lead to raised toxin levels in the blood hence leading the body in trouble. Kidneys are also responsible for the Maintenance of minerals, salts and help to make the hormones for the functioning of the body.
Kidney problem is a term that denotes multiple kidney issues like Chronic kidney disease, Kidney stones, Glomerulonephritis, Polycystic kidney disease, and Urinary tract infections. The most common form of kidney disease is chronic kidney disease. Kidney disease means kidneys are not working properly. Kidney disease is called chronic when kidney disease gets worse over time and the regular deprivation in glomerular filtration rate occurs. Progression of kidney disease leads to end-stage kidney diseases.
Following are the causes of Kidney diseases:-
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes type 1 and 2
- Glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidney's functional unit)
- Interstitial nephritis (Inflammation of the kidney's tubules)
- Polycystic Kidney
- Prolonged obstruction of the urinary tract
- Kidney stones
- Vesicoureteral (a condition that causes urine to back up into your kidneys)
- Pyelonephritis (Recurrent kidney infection)
In the early stages of kidney disease, you usually don't have noticeable symptoms. As the disease worsens, symptoms may include:-
- Frequent urination
- Low levels of energy and weakness
- Poor appetite
- Swelling on hands and feet/legs (Pedal edema)
- Bloody or foamy urine
- Puffy eyes
- Concentration issues
- Trouble sleeping
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle cramps
- High blood pressure
- Blackish skin
Following diagnostic criteria can be done:-
- History taking is an important tool, Kidney patients sometimes have a family history of CKD or Polycystic kidney.
- Glomerular filtration rate (GFR)-- GFR is the rate at which kidneys are filtering the blood. The normal results range from 90 to 120 mL/min/1.73 m2. Low GFR means kidneys are not filtering the blood properly hence creatinine or urea can be seen increased in renal function tests.
- Renal function test– Renal function test or kidney function tests tell the values of serum creatinine, urea and uric acid. Raised levels of creatinine may signify any underlying problem like CKD. Creatinine is a waste product and is derived from muscle metabolism. It is excreted in urine and expelled via the body. A high creatinine level in your blood means that your kidneys are not functioning well enough to get rid of it in your urine.
- Urine examination– A urine examination can signify the status of protein in the body. This test check the presence of protein (albumin) and blood in your urine. A properly functioning kidneys test will not show any kind of protein and blood.
- Other tests may include imaging tests to look for problems with the size and structure of your kidneys such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and/or computerized tomography (CT) scans. GFR is the most reliable criteria to check the deprived status of kidneys.
With some easy steps of management we can make kidneys better:-
- Limiting fluids or as guided by a physician
- Eating a low-protein diet
- Low sodium diet
- Low Potassium intake
- Cut down the excessive phosphorus intake
The Ayurvedic Aspect Of Kidney Diseases
The kidney disease can be correlated with Vrikdosha. The poor lifestyle and deposition of toxins lead to the vitiation of doshas. The aggravated Vata dosha may lead to blockage of strotas (channels) with vitiated Kapha. The poor status of pitta may lead to poor digestion. It is evident that chronic digestive issues may lead to poor kidney and liver health. Simply it is due to ama dosha (toxins). The Vata dosha itself if aggravated leads to obstruction of channels and pain.
Ayurveda is playing a significant role to make kidney status better. The herbs like Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Bhumi Amalaki (Phyllanthus niruri), Kaasni (Cichorium intybus), Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Shirish (Albizia lebbeck), Apamarg (Achyranthes aspera) and Shigru (Moringa oleifera) are mentioned in the texts which help to make the status of kidneys better.
These 9 Mantras are from Atharva Veda, Saunaka Sakha, 1st Kanda, and 3rd Sukta. This is addressed by the Rishi Atharva to Devatas namely Parjanya, Mitra, Varuna, Chandra, and Soorya. This is popularly called Mootra Mochana Suktam.
विद्या शरस्य पितरं पर्जन्यं शतवृष्ण्यम्।
तेना ते तन्वे३ शं करं पृथिव्यां ते निषेचनं बहिष्टे अस्तु बालिति ॥१॥
English Translation - We know the progenitor of Shara- nature's energy of health and vigor, Parjanya, the abundant cloud of a hundredfold vigor and vitality. Thereby I bring the health of body and equanimity of mind to you. Let there be the infusion of energy, protection of health, and cleansing of the body system without delay here on earth.
विद्या शरस्य पितरं मित्रं शतवृष्ण्यम्।
तेना ते तन्वे३ शं करं पृथिव्यां ते निषेचनं बहिष्टे अस्तु बालिति॥२॥
English Translation - We know the progenitor of Shara- Mitra, profuse pranic energy of nature of a hundredfold vigor and vitality. Thereby I bring you the health of body and peace of mind. Let there be the infusion of vigor, protection of health, and cleansing of the body system on earth without delay.
विद्या शरस्य पितरं वरुणं शतवृष्ण्यम्।
तेना ते तन्वे३ शं करं पृथिव्यां ते निषेचनं बहिष्टे अस्तु बालिति॥३॥
English Translation - We know the father of Shara- Varuna, nature's water energy of a hundredfold vigor and vitality. Thereby I bring you the health of body and peace of mind. Let the infusion of vigor, protection of health, and cleansing of the body system be here itself on earth without delay.
विद्या शरस्य पितरं चन्द्रं शतवृष्ण्यम्।
तेना ते तन्वे३ शं करं पृथिव्यां ते निषेचनं बहिष्टे अस्तु बालिति॥४॥
English Translation - We know Shara's father- the Moon, its profuse herbal energy of a hundredfold vigor and vitality. Thereby I bring you the health of body and tranquility of mind. Let there be an infusion of health and vigor, protection of vitality, and cleansing of the system here on earth without delay.
विद्या शरस्य पितरं सूर्यं शतवृष्ण्यम्।
तेना ते तन्वे३ शं करं पृथिव्यां ते निषेचनं बहिष्टे अस्तु बालिति॥५॥
English Translation - We know Shara's father- the sun, of a hundredfold virility. Thereby I bring you the health of mind and body with peace and tranquility. Let there be an infusion of vigor, protection of health, and cleansing of the system here itself on earth without delay.
यदान्त्रेषु गवीन्योर्यद्वस्तावधि संश्रुतम्।
एवा ते मूत्रं मुच्यतां बहिर्बालिति सर्वकम्॥६॥
English Translation - Whatever stays collected in your intestines, in urinary ducts, and in the bladder, let it be thus released all at once.
प्र ते भिनद्मि मेहनं वत्रँ वेशन्त्या इव।
एवा ते मूत्रं मुच्यतां बहिर्बालिति सर्वकम्॥७॥
English Translation - I remove the obstruction, open the urethra and release the flow. Let the urine flow freely all at once.
विषितं ते वस्तिबिलं समुद्रस्योदधेरिव।
एवा ते मूत्रं मुच्यतां बहिर्बालिति सर्वकम्॥८॥
English Translation - The mouth of your bladder is open like a flood of the sea. Let the urine then flow freely all at once.
यथेषुका परापतदवसृष्टाधि धन्वनः।
एवा ते मूत्रं मुच्यतां बहिर्बालिति सर्वकम्॥९॥
English Translation - Just as the arrow shot and released from the bow flies forth far, so let the urine flow freely all at once.
These mantras should be chanted for the good status of Kidneys. As the mantras indicated the consecutive sense of follow-up and remembering God ( Nature, Sun, and Moon). These mantras help to promote the good status of kidneys as the mantras are targeting the mutravah strotas and helpful to manage the improved mood and well-being.
These mantras with the herbal remedies of Planet Ayurveda are helpful to reduce anxiety, fatigue and promote good health.
Herbal Remedies By Planet Ayurveda For Kidney Diseases
Planet Ayurveda is a GMP-certified hub for the manufacturing of best quality herbal remedies. The prime motive and ambition of Planet Ayurveda are to promote Ayurveda in each and every household of the world. Below are the herbs for the management of Kidney diseases.
1. Mutrakrichantak Churna
Mutrakrichantak churna is a polyherbal formulation of Planet Ayurveda for a variety of Kidney diseases. The chief ingredients of this formulation are Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), and Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata). The Mutrakrichantak churna of Planet Ayurveda is helpful to manage a variety of kidney diseases. It acts as a diuretic and helps to drain out toxins. Due to anti-inflammatory actions of Mutrakrichantak churna, it helps to promote good kidney health.
Dosage - 1 Teaspoonful twice daily warm with water and for best result Boil 1 Teaspoonful in 400ml water until it remains 50-60ml. Filter the preparation with a regular tea strainer and drink. You should use this once in the morning 45min. after breakfast and similarly in the evening for 45 min. after dinner. Prepare fresh every time as per this.
2. Rencure Formula
Rencure formula is a polyherbal formulation by Planet Ayurveda in capsule form. The chief ingredients of this formulation are Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Palash (Butea monosperma), Kasni (Cichorium intybus). The rencure formula helps to drain out the renal calculi. Rencure formula helps to prevent further damage to kidneys in CKD patients. It helps to reduce the swelling and remove the toxins from the body.
Dosage - 2 Capsules twice daily with warm water after meals.
3. Punarnava Mandur
Punarnava Mandoor is a classical polyherbal formulation formulated by Planet Ayurveda. Punarnava Mandoor is loaded with Boerhaavia diffusa (Punarnava), Zingiber officinale (Shunti), Piper longum (Pippali), Piper nigrum (Maricha), Emblica officinalis (Amalaki), Terminalia chebula (Haritaki), Piper Chaba (Chavya) and many more. Punarnava mandur acts as a natural kidney cleanser and prevents edema due to kidney deprivation. Punarnava Mandoor is also evident to decrease the urea level and levels of creatinine and cholesterol.
Dosage - 2 tablets thrice daily with warm water after meals.
4. Varunadi Vati
Varunadi vati of Planet Ayurveda is a polyherbal formulation having Punarnava (Boerhavia Diffusa), Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris) and Shuddha Guggulu (Commiphora mukul). Varunadi vati manages the conditions associated with excess lipid production like kidney disease, liver diseases and many more. Varunadi vati also helps to balance the water in the body and helps to relieve the recurrent UTIs as well.
Dosage - 2 tablets thrice daily with warm water after meals.
5. Chandanadi Vati
Safed Chandan (Pterocarpus santalinus), Kababchini (Piper cubeba), Safed Ral (Shorea Robusta), Gandhabiroja (Pinus longifolia), Kattha (Acacia catechu), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Kapur (Camphor), Rasaut (Berberis aristata), Gairik (ochre) and many more. Chandanadi vati helps to prevent the recurrent UTI and clean the urinary tract. It acts as an immunomodulator and also acts as an antioxidant.
Dosage - 2 tablets twice daily with warm water after meals.
The Kidney must be healthy for a healthy body. The good health of the kidneys lead to good status of body and a long life. As kidneys are meant to clean the blood and also help to convert the waste into urine. The improper diet and long term exposure to drugs, tobacco may lead to deprived status of kidneys. The Mantras or the high value chants are powerful to get a good and healthy life. If we follow the directives of our cultural conscience we can achieve unimaginary results. The herbs and Principles of Ayurveda are always helpful, valuable and are the ray of hope in the tough times of life.