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Chronic Kidney Disease and Homoeopathy

Date: Apr 18, 2022

Chronic kidney disease, commonly known as chronic kidney failure, is characterised by the progressive loss of renal function. Wastes and excess fluids are removed from your blood by your kidneys, which are subsequently excreted as urine. Advanced chronic renal disease can lead to dangerously high amounts of fluid, electrolytes, and wastes in the body.

You may have minimal indications or symptoms in the early stages of chronic renal disease. It's possible that you won't discover you have kidney disease until it's too late.

Chronic renal disease treatment focuses on delaying the course of kidney damage, generally by addressing the underlying cause. Controlling the cause, however, may not be enough to prevent kidney disease from developing. Without mechanical filtration (dialysis) or a kidney transplant, chronic kidney disease can proceed to end-stage kidney failure, which is deadly.

Causes

Chronic kidney disease develops when a disease or condition inhibits kidney function for months or years, causing kidney damage to deteriorate.

Chronic kidney disease is caused by a variety of diseases and situations.

  • Type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Glomerulonephritis an inflammation of the kidney's filtering units (glomeruli).
  • Interstitial nephritis an inflammation of the kidney's tubules and surrounding structures.
  • Polycystic kidney disease or other inherited kidney diseases.
  • Prolonged obstruction of the urinary tract, from conditions such as enlarged prostate, kidney stones and some cancers.
  • Vesicoureteral reflux, a condition that causes urine to back up into your kidneys.
  • Recurrent kidney infection, also called pyelonephritis.
  • Drugs induced, excessive use of renal toxic drugs like NSAIDS is also one of the leading cause of Chronic kidney diseases.

Sign and Symptoms

If kidney damage proceeds slowly, signs and symptoms of chronic renal disease emerge over time. Kidney failure can result in an accumulation of fluid or waste, as well as electrolyte imbalances. Kidney failure can result in the following symptoms, depending on how serious it is:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Sleep problems
  • Urinating more or less
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Swelling of feet and ankles
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) that's difficult to control
  • Shortness of breath, if fluid builds up in the lungs
  • Chest pain, if fluid builds up around the lining of the heart

Signs and symptoms of kidney disease are often nonspecific. This means they can also be caused by other illnesses. Because your kidneys are able to make up for lost function, you might not develop signs and symptoms until irreversible damage has occurred.

Investigations

Test

Interpretation

Urea and Creatinine

To assess stability: compare to previous results

Urinalysis and quantification of proteinuria

Hematuria and proteinuria may indicate glomerular disease and need for biopsy.

Electrolytes

To identify hyperkalemia (high potassium level in blood) and acidosis.

Albumin

Low albumin: consider malnutrition, inflammation

Full blood count(±Fe, ferritin, folate, B12)

To exclude anemia and diagnose viral and bacterial infection in kidney.

Lipids, glucose ±HbA1c

To check cardiovascular risk which is high in CKD

Renal ultrasound

Done only if there are obstructive urinary symptoms, persistent hematuria, and family history of polycystic kidney disease. 

Complications

Chronic renal illness may wreak havoc on the entire body. Complications that may arise include:

  • Swelling in your arms and legs, elevated blood pressure, or fluid in your lungs are all symptoms of fluid retention (pulmonary edema).
  • Hyperkalemia is a rapid increase in potassium levels in your blood that can compromise your heart's function and be life-threatening.
  • Anemia.
  • Coronary artery disease.
  • Bone fragility and a higher risk of bone fractures.
  • Reduced sexual desire, erectile problems, or fertility.
  • Damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to concentration problems, personality changes, and seizures.
  • Immune response is lowered, making you more susceptible to infection.
  • Complications of pregnancy that pose a risk to both the mother and the developing baby.
  • End-stage renal disease causes irreversible damage to your kidneys, necessitating dialysis or a kidney transplant for survival.

Homeopathic medicines for chronic kidney disease

 Dr Reckeweg’s R-18 and R-64

R-18: Inflammation of the kidneys, renal calculi, sharp stinging pains in the kidneys, pains in the sacral region. Peritonitis, metritis, piercing pains in the bladder, inflammation of bladder, burning pains when urinating, yellow urine, turbid.

R-64: Albuminuria, proteinuria, nephrosis, chronic nephritis, nephrosclerosis.

 Dr. Reckeweg’s Aalserum-7x

It is recommended when there is albumin and renal elements present in the urine. There is hemoglobin present in urine. It benefits in prolonged anuria (24 and 26 hours). When the kidneys are seriously damaged whether by a cold, infection, or intoxication and symptoms like oliguria, anuria, and albuminuria are present. Dr.Reckeweg’s Aalserum is highly effective in re-establishing diuresis and swiftly stopping albuminuria.

Dr. Reckeweg’s Apis mellifica

It is advised when there is Burning and soreness while urinating. Urine loaded with casts. Urine is frequent, involuntary, scanty and dark in color. Swelling or puffing of various parts, edema with stinging pains. There is profound weakness. Acute kidney inflammation which accompanied with swelling of whole body. Incontinence of urine and last drops burns.

Dr. Reckeweg’s Apocynum cannabinum

It is advised when urine is turbid and hot with thick mucus. There is presence of albumin in urine. There is burning in urethra after urination. Bladder is distended with little expulsive power so there is dribbling of urine. There is renal dropsy. Urinary troubles especially suppression of urine with strangury. The dropsy is characterized by great thirst and gastric irritability.

Dr. Reckeweg’s Arsenic album

It is advised when there is burning sensation while urinating. Urine is Involuntary and scanty. There is protein, epithelial cells, cylindrical clots of fibrin and globules of pus and blood are present in urine. After urination there is exhaustive feeling. It is an effective medicine for Bright's disease and Diabetic nephropathy.

Dr. Reckeweg’s Calcarea carbonica

Urine is a dark brown hue. Urine smells sour, fetid, and contains white sediment. It is used in the treatment of chronic kidney disease, particularly in obese persons. Frequent urination with blood in urine. There is slowness and get fatigued easily

Dr. Reckeweg’s Lycopodium

It is indicated in chronic renal disease, urine is muddy with brick dust, or red sand deposits, or on stirring it up it looks like the sediment of fermenting cider. Pain in back before urinating and it ceases after flow. Best adapted to persons intellectually keen, but of weak muscular power. Urine flow is sluggish, and have to wait a long period for it to pass. Frequent and large quantities of urine during the night.

Dr. Reckeweg’s Mercurius corrosivus

It is used to treat nephritis. Urine is hot with burning sensation during urination. Urine is scanty or suppressed which contains blood and greenish discharge. There is presence of albumin in urine. Albuminuria in early pregnancy. Stabbing pain extending up urethra into bladder. It arrests destruction process of the secreting portions of the kidneys which is slow, but sure. It is also useful in treatment of Bright's disease.

Dr. Reckeweg’s Nux vomica

It's used in treatment of drug induced chronic kidney disease. Urine is frequent, little and often. There is presence of blood in urine. Renal colic extending to genitals, with dribbling of urine. While urinating itching in urethra and pain in neck of bladder. Best suited to persons who has sedentary lifestyle like prolonged office work and close application to business with its cares and anxieties. There is addiction to stimulants like coffee, wine, tobacco and sedative drugs like opium.

Dr. Reckeweg’s Pareira brava

It is recommended for acute and chronic kidney disease especially after complication of kidney stones. The urine is black, bloody with thick mucus. There is constant urging of urine with great straining. Renal colic and pain radiates down the thighs during efforts to urinate. Only until he gets down on his knees and presses his head firmly against the floor then he is able to pass urine. Dribbling after micturition. There is a itching along urethra in urethritis.

Dr. Reckeweg’s Phosphorus

It's an effective medicine for renal disorders, especially those linked to diabetes. The urine contains sugar, albumin, and blood. There is emaciation, weakness, and coldness of the extremities. It will treat renal fatty degeneration. Urine is turbid, brown, with red sediment. He is unable to strain to pass the urine because such straining increases pain in the region of the bladder. Tearing and burning pain in the urethra.

Dr. Reckeweg’s Sarsaparilla

It is used when urine is scanty, slimy, flaky, sandy, and bloody. There is severe pain at end of urination. Urine dribbles while sitting. Bladder distended and tender. Renal colic and difficult urination are present with pain at meatus. The pain spreads downwards from the right kidney. Urine passes in thin and feeble stream.

Dr. Reckeweg’s Solidago virgaurea

There is pain in region of kidneys, with dysuria. Kidneys are sensitive to pressure. Urine is scanty, reddish brown in color with offensive smell. Urination is difficult. There is presence of albumin, blood, and slime in urine. Pain in kidneys extends forward to abdomen and bladder.

Dr. Reckeweg’s Sulphur

It is indicated in kidney disease when there is mucus and pus in urine. Burning in urethra during urination which lasts long. Profuse quantities of colorless urine.

 Diet and exercise:

Food to take

A high-protein diet like fish, poultry, beans, whole grains seeds, nuts and eggs.

People on dialysis should eat 225 to 280 grams of high-protein foods each day.

Food to avoid

Dark-colored soda, that contains phosphorus, avocados, canned foods, bananas, dairy

products, Brown rice, oranges and orange juice.

 Exercises:

Choose a continuous exercise like walking, swimming, bicycling (indoors or out), aerobic dance, or any other sport that requires you to continually work major muscle groups. Low- intensity strengthening activities may also be effective in your regimen.

About the author- Dr. Sushil Kumar Vats (Senior Consultant)

Qualification:

  1. B.H.M.S.(1988-89) from Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital,Delhi.
  2. M.D.(Homeopathy), Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra.

Honors:

  1. Member- Homeopathy Advisory Committee, Govt. of Delhi from 1999 to 2014.
  2. Member- Executive Committee, Delhi Homeopathic Anusandhan Parishad, a research body of Delhi Govt. since 1999 to 2017
  3. Special Invitee- Scientific Advisory Committee, Delhi Homeopathic Anusandhan Parishad, Govt. of Delhi, since 1999 to 2017
  4. Dr.Yudhveer Singh Award (1997) by the board of Homoeopathic System of Medicine, Govt. of Delhi.
  5. Examiner- Board of Homoeopathic System of Medicine, New Delhi.

6. Honored by Pareek Foundation for Homoeopathic Research, Agra for “Outstanding Services rendered to Homoeopathic Journalism.

 
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