Disclaimer: I am not a trained medical professional. I am not a medical doctor. The therapy described in this article is to be used at your own risk. Always make the transition to any alternate/supplemental therapy gradually. Always monitor your health signs diligently through your doctor whenever doing any alternative therapy, and stop if there is any pain or discomfort. I am not responsible for any adverse reactions or side effects.
- 1 Disclaimer
- 2 Introduction
- 3 Background
- 4 The Kidney Therapy
- 5 Diet
- 6 Discipline, Attention, & Love
- 7 After Recovery
- 8 “Not working for me”/ “How long for results?”
- 9 FAQ
- 10 Please Provide Feedback
- 11 Disclaimer
- 12 Further Reading
- 13 Acknowledgements
- 14 Share this:
Earlier this year, my dad had went into chronic end stage renal failure and was in critical condition, with the kidney functioning at less than 5% capacity (his urine output was less than 50ml per day – i.e. less than a quarter cup). In addition, every renal surgeon telling him that there is no possibility of the kidney recovering. He had to do peritoneal dialysis 3 times a day, for 3 months.
After a lot of persuasion I got him on an Ayurvedic regiment. Within 2 weeks the kidney for the first time showed signs of improvement — urine output went from 50ml to 100ml. By end of 2 months his urine output reached to 80% normal: 650-700ml, and levels of creatine and BUN much closer to normal. Now he is back to normal, without dialysis and very healthy and lively, contrast to how weak, emaciated, and distressed he was before.
For anyone suffering from kidney disease I very much recommended trying out the therapy outlined here. It is all a matter dedicated effort, patience, and confidence. For all those suffering from kidney ailment: it can be reversed (even critical stage kidney failure which doctors pronounce as hopeless!).
In May this year my dad was rushed to the hospital on account of complete kidney failure. Both kidneys had shutdown. The condition was described as “end stage kidney failure”, the worst possible stage a kidney can go into. The doctors said in the history of patients they’ve had, once a kidney goes into this stage they haven’t seen it recover. Prior to this my dad was very healthy and fit, and never had any kidney related problem.
So how did this happen, and why so suddenly without warning? Later it was found that there actually were some very significant warning signs. Two months before the failure, the creatine level was way out of range. But our family doctor had dismissed it as nothing (even when my dad pointed it out to him twice). Given the faith that people tend to have in doctors, my dad took that answer as gospel. Then one night he collapsed and had to be rushed to the hospital and put on emergency hemodialysis. His whole body had gone into a critical stage due to complete shutdown of the kidneys.
But why was the creatine level out of range in the first place? I found my answer a couple of months later. By chance I saw a program on PBS (Public Broadcasting System is non-profit organization in the USA with very informative programs that is relatively free from commercial influence). The program was about an investigation into the USA’s FDA (Food and Drug Administration) on how it had approved a group of cholesterol drugs (statin drugs) that were known to cause catastrophic kidney failure. The investigation revealed a whole network of giant pharmaceutical companies that had its hands inside that government agency.
Getting to the point… these same statin drugs were exactly what my dad was taking prior to the sudden kidney collapse. Yet, it continues to be prescribed by doctors for controlling cholesterol (and all the more casually prescribed in countries like India where there is very little regulation).
May 8, 2006
As stated, my dad was rushed to emergency care in critical condition several times in the first two weeks of the failure, put on hemodialysis almost continuously. Then, in the following months he was on peritoneal dialysis (PD) for about 3-4 times a day, every day. What was worse, is that PD was having a toll on his body. Apart from the highly restrictive diet, the PD removes a lot of nutrients from the body. Not to mention kidney is responsible for other things like producing one of the key components for generating red blood cells and controlling blood pressure.
He had lost several pounds due to breakdown of muscles, became very weak and emaciated. His skin had also turned dark and patchy. On top of that the doctors gave him a notice of saying he has only a few months to live and asked that he inform his kith and kin and make preparations (it’s really unnerving when doctors give death notices to patients). All this along with loads of chemicals he was on, caused depression also to set in.
Meanwhile I wasn’t ready to give up so easily. I strongly believe in the body’s tremendous and remarkable capacity to heal itself, even from the most critical conditions. I was scouring the web, day and night, reading, cross referencing several Ayurvedic books and articles, eventually putting together a healing regiment. What made it so difficult was the amount of junk information out there and that it took time differentiating what is genuine.
I tried convincing my dad over phone, to follow Ayurvedic healing. But he being a trained scientist in modern medicine wasn’t too excited about it. He had an almost religious faith in modern medicine, despite the fact that modern medicine was increasingly earning a reputation for causing more damage than curing them.
After six weeks of trying unsuccessfully to convince him to take the Ayurvedic approach, I rolled up my sleeves and took a short two week trip to India.
July 19, 2006
Starting the day I landed (Tamil Nadu, India, July 19th, 2006) I got him on a regiment of couple of things: ranging from ginger compress, reiki, meditation, morning walks, turmeric, omam/ajwain water,
tamarind juice, foot massage at kidney meridian, strict changes in diet to control excess salt, potassium, phosphorous. This started right on day 1. On the 4th day, his urine output for the first time had doubled, from 50ml to 100ml. By the time I left (i.e. two weeks) it had reached 120ml. From that point on it steadily improved, and in less than two months from July 19th, it reached an average of 650-700ml.
The doctors, instead of being astonished, were so skeptical that even after a blood/urine test showed remarkable improvement, they said the test might be messed up! and asked him to get another blood/urine test! In fact, they’ll just label this as a case of “spontaneous remission” — a fancy escapist term used by modern science; so as to easily avoid acknowledging the possibility that they could have been wrong about it being incurable, and that other means of curing it (outside of modern science) could possibly exist (for fear of being sued, losing their license, losing profitability, etc).
- Now at least eight months later, my dad’s urine output averages around 1000ml (close to the normal adult output of 1200ml per day).
- His creatine has very much improved though a bit more to go to get to normal level.
- He does dialysis just once day (as opposed to 3-4 times a day).
- He was even able to do dialysis once every alternate day (he tried this for a whole month) with no problem. But we learned it is not advisable to do alternate days – it can cause the dialysis tubing inside to dry up, shrink, and possibly get clogged – so we resumed daily once a day instead of alternate days.
- So how to test whether the kidney is ready to be back on its own fully? as we have the restriction that we cannot reduce dialysis to less than once per day. Instead of reducing the frequency of dialysis, we decided that he’ll slowly resume foods from the category that kidney patients are strictly forbidden to eat. After each of these trials, at end of month, we do blood work – to make sure everything is within limits. So far the kidney is handling it very well.
- Eventually, after he resumes normal diet (except for salt — which should be avoided anyway), once we are satisfied with the blood test results that the kidney is able to handle it, we hope to remove dialysis all together.
November 18, 2008
After consulting with our doctor, we decided to stop dialysis for one month to see if the kidney can function on its own, so that if so we can plan on earmarking a date to have the dialysis implant removed completely. We stopped dialysis today – November 18, 2008.
February 28, 2009
Two months have gone by since we stopped dialysis. Lab tests have shown all things as being stable. We concluded that the kidney is functioning well on its own and that the dialysis implant (peritoneal sac implant and tubing) can now be removed.
On February 28, 2009 we had the surgery done to have the dialysis completely removed. Now the kidney is working on its own, free from dialysis.
FYI, removing the dialysis was a fairly common procedure. Takes about 1/2 to 2 hrs surgery depending upon the amount of fibrin that has grown into and around the implant that is being removed. For my dad it took about 1.5 hours, and was done under local anesthesia (administered via spinal).
September 1, 2009
It has been six full months since we removed dialysis on February 28, 2009. Kidney is fine, and he’s in very good health.
May 17, 2013
It is now 4 years since my dad stopped dialysis (and 7 years since the kidney failure)… and he is doing great, in good health, taking regular food (but eating in moderation like we all should be doing! no excess salt, sugar, or greasy foods, etc).
Thank you all for your inquiries and may this kidney therapy work out well for you also!
April 15, 2015
Appa passed away on April 15, 2015.
After 8.5 years of surviving renal failure with full kidney recovery, and living a healthy radiant life, free from dialysis… appa was tragically prescribed the same class of drug that caused kidney failure in 2006, resulting in kidney failure again in early 2015, this time with added complication: gangrene.
Appa died due to the fatal side effect of a cholesterol control statin drug (the same class of drug that caused renal failure in 2006 (which he had completely recovered from)) resulting in renal failure again, and medical negligence of the doctors not diagnosing gangrene that had formed in two of his toes, despite appa (and others around him) repeatedly pleading to the doctor to first address the severe toe pain (gangrene is a deadly disease that can kill you within a matter of a few days if not treated early). For more details, please refer to link to separate article at the end of this post. Please read A Tribute to Dad and details in Cause of Death.
The Kidney Therapy
First, don’t buy too much into any negative prognosis from doctors. You will rarely hear a doctor tell you that the kidney will recover (due to the risk of getting sued if it doesn’t). The kidney is one of the organs that has very good potential for recovery. I am very confident that if the below regiments are followed the kidney can recover.
It is very important that you read this article on Ayurveda first before proceeding with the therapy. This so that you understand what you are doing, and follow the therapy methodically and with discipline, and not expect “miracle cures” (i.e. cure without any effort on your part). You need to put in effort. Also, while the kidney will likely respond almost immediately to the therapy, don’t expect the kidney to get back to 90% normal overnight. Be patient. It takes time. Also, don’t mistake “patience” with “patience with no effort”. You need to be diligent.
- Do not suddenly stop any current treatments (like dialysis or medicine). Gradually reduce as you see improvement (in urine output and creatinine levels).
- Check with doctor to see if there is signs of any other illness in the body apart from the kidney problem.
- Check for side-effects of any current medication. If the side-effect says potential harm to kidney, then gradually reduce that medicine, and substitute it with natural/alternative medicine. Don’t suddenly stop the medicine nor stop the medicine without any alternatives in place.
- The therapy should not have side-effects, as it avails to only natural means (no potions or kashayams), but I cannot guarantee that. All I can say is that there were no visible side-effects for my dad, and quite likely it will have a lot less side-effects than the dialysis and allopathic drugs. My recommendation is to proceed with confidence and patience, but at the same time exercise caution and monitor diligently through regular doctor checkups.
According to Ayurveda [ref. Ayurveda Secrets of Healing – Maya Tiwari], ginger compress is specifically mentioned for kidney ailments. To prepare ginger compress concoction, take a handful* of grated ginger, wrap it in thin cotton cloth**, tie it into a bundle. Squeeze the ginger juice from it into a pot of one gallon (about 4 liters) of boiling water (try to use a steel pot; avoid non-stick, aluminium, etc), then drop the bundle into the pot. Let it simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes. Remove the pot from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes before uncovering.
To apply, dip a towel into the pot, squeeze excess water into the pot. Make sure to cover the pot so that it doesn’t lose heat. Apply the towel on lower back, over the kidney, until the towel looses warmth. Re-soak towel and re-apply until ginger water in pot cools down and looses its warmth. You can apply warm sesame oil over area after your final compress.
*handful of ginger – in Ayurveda the unit of measurement is your hand. The original texts deal with human measures, like a handful, a pinch, a hand-length. This type of measure is very proportional to your body. For example: 2 handfuls of uncooked rice is the recommended amount for a meal. How many cups is that? it can vary greatly based on your age, gender, body size. I remember my grandparents always use the measure of “a handful”. Such is the tradition still in rural India. Try it. There is also something very organic about scooping out raw rice (or any grain for that matter) with your hand (and the tactile feedback it gives the nerves on your hand). Deprogram yourself of trying to be “exact”.
**cotton cloth – make sure not to use a new cotton cloth. Preferably use a washed/clean old cotton cloth. Whether the cotton cloth is white or colored, it contains factory chemicals, bleach, dyes, etc.
Make sure the towel is hot enough, just bearable, but enough not to scorch the skin. Note, the purpose of the heat is so that the pores in the skin open up and the active ingredients from the ginger are readily absorbed into the body.
How often? The ginger compress should be done every day, 3-4 times a day, like right before each meal, and once before sleeping. To be most effective, make sure you don’t do right after food (do before food or at least two hours after food). This may seem like a lot of effort, but nothing is free, there is no quick pill to heal your kidney (if there is, it will likely damage something else). Start doing it, very soon it will become methodical, and you won’t know the time passing. When doing the compress, for it to be even more effective, combine with meditation, healing touch, and reiki, described below.
Video demonstration of ginger compress by my dad:
It is important to meditate on the kidney. Any form of meditation will do. Whatever inspires you. You can imagine your God sending healing energy, or a sunrise bathing the kidney, or simply imagine/visualize the cells in the kidney regenerating, or listen to bhajans (devotional songs), or Indian instrumental music bathing the kidney. This is very important. Imagine if you instead did the opposite – watching TV, engaging yourself in work, chatting,… Then you’re basically telling the brain that you don’t care about the kidney. Essentially you’re giving the kidney the signal that it is ok to shutdown. Even just a little bit of loving attention from your heart and mind towards your kidney will go a long way to mobilize the brain and other body mechanisms to repair and regenerate it. Start by imagining how tirelessly it has been working all these years. Imagine a servant works tirelessly, day in and day out, year after year, without complaint, taking every workload (and even abuse! like your kidney has been), and then one day he falls sick, what do you do? do you ignore him? let him die? or impatiently expect him to immediately get better? If you’re a good person, you’d give him a break, as long as he needs. It is amazing how we take more care of our cars but don’t do the same for our internal body parts. Look at meditation as a way of giving your kidney (and all organs) a nice long break, for it takes time to recover — don’t rush it.
How often? For a person with kidney ailment, meditation should be done as much as possible, at least 3-4 times a day. You may wish to combine it with the ginger compress routine. It will make the ginger compress more effective. Apart from explicit meditation, the mind should kept in peace by having only beautiful positive thoughts (of nature, bhakti, love, share your life with your loved ones, etc). Restrict TV, mental chatter, negative thoughts, etc.
Healing touch is the single important part of healing — don’t underestimate it. In fact, hospitals should make it mandatory as part of the registration process, that you must bring at least one close relation of the patient who can touch the patient, talk with the patient continuously. Just like a child recovers much faster when a parent keeps his/her hand on the child (skin contact), so do adults.
The simplest healing touch is to simply be there with the patient. Even happy company, laughter, etc are part of healing. People who have fear, anxiety, anguish, in their minds should not be in the company of the patient. Fear and anxiety is contagious and they are going to make conditions worse. It is important that those visiting the patient have a very positive outlook. That is, they have to be convinced of it themselves, in such a way that they exhibit and radiate love and positive exuberance. The aim is to give the patient strength, remove any sense of fear or uncertainty, in short, anything that can make them smile. It has been scientifically shown that smiling and laughing generates powerful healing hormones called endorphins (popularly known as the “happy hormones”).
Having loved ones near a patient in an ICU (as opposed to being isolated in cold grim environment) tremendously (perhaps even doubles or triples) the chance of his recovery. Even more so if the patient has slipped into an unconscious state, it is mandatory that a loved one is with him as much as possible, else he will slip further in the other direction (of leaving the body). Your voice / presence guides, encourages, motivates, pulls him back to regaining consciousness.
I encourage you to even try more explicit healing touch, like Reiki. You don’t have to be a Reiki expert. I myself am not Reiki trained, and this is my first time in doing this. This is not to downplay training and experience, but to emphasize that it is a natural potential built into everyone that can be easily nurtured. The simplest way is to place the palms of your hands on the affected area, and just simply let the universal energy flow through your hands into the affected area. Just imagine love and affection flowing from your hands to the affected area. Reiki can even be done remotely, through visualization of the person and the affected area.
How often? Reiki or healing touch should be done as much as possible, at least 3-4 times a day. You wish to combine this also with ginger massage. Give the reiki / healing touch while you do the ginger message, and in meantime patient can be doing simple meditation or pranayama as described earlier.
Stress is very highly overlooked factor that directly impacts your kidney. It can even work against the successful progress of this therapy.
So it is very important to remove as much as possible from anything that is causing mental stress. In case of work related stress (especially related to working overtime, odd hours, politics, managerial, interpersonal relationships, etc), I would go to the extent of even taking a few months leave from your work (or even resigning). You might think that is impossible… but when the disease progresses and impacts the body more severely, you will be forced to take leave and end up several months in ICU. Why wait for the disease to go to the level to force you take a leave? By then, it would have gone to such an extent, that recovery would be far more difficult than had you taken a leave earlier. That is, either way you’re going to have to take long term leave from your work. So, why not do it now?
Ask yourself, is your work that much more important than your life? Even if you have to quit your job in order to take few months leave, do you not think you can get another job later (or find something else do), especially when your mind and body becomes so much more young and youthful after it has completely recovered during those few months of taking leave and giving it your love and attention?
Note: when you take leave from your work, do not stay in an home environment that can also cause stress (friction between relatives, family feuds, etc). Plan it out: turn your home / area into a healing center. Make it clear that you will not be accepting any one in person nor phone calls during that period. Use that period to connect with yourself and nature (even as simple as taking early morning and evening walks, gardening, etc).
The are over 7,000 nerve endings at the base of each feet. The ancients had mapped these in fine detail (that is 5,000 years ago – more than modern science with all its technological innovations could possibly identify). Acupuncture and acupressure, once considered a superstition or pseudo-science, is increasingly being used by modern medicine.
According to Ayurveda, “the fourth toe is the location of the kidney meridian, and massaging it helps to increase the flow of vital energy to the kidneys”.
Sit in a quiet place, be calm, relax you breath, visualize the kidney meridian, and massage the fourth toe (the one next to your smallest toe).
How often? You may wish to do it right after each ginger therapy.
One of the most important aspects towards recovering from kidney disease is in restricting your diet. You need to be very vigilant about the nutrients you feed the kidney. Even a small lapse in the diet can cause more than just two steps backward.
Ajwain (अजवायन, ஓமம்). According to Ayurveda, it is beneficial to kidney function. If you are suffering from kidney ailment, you might want to make it a habit to add a little bit of ajwain to your food and fluid intake.
Curcumin, one of the active components in turmeric (traditionally used by Ayurvedic cooking, and an important part of all Indian curries) has been shown by modern medicine to prevent kidney damage and restore kidney function.
A study investigated the effect of curcumin on artificially induced kidney disease in rats. Results indicated that treatment with curcumin prevented the kidney injury and restored kidney function. Treatment with curcumin significantly protected against proteinuria, albuminuria, hypoalbuminaemia and hyperlipidaemia. Curcumin inhibited the increase in urinary excretion of N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosaminidase (a marker of kidney tubular injury), fibronectin and glycosaminoglycan and blood cholesterol. The data also demonstrated that curcumin protected against kidney injury by suppressing free radicals and increasing kidney glutathione content and glutathione peroxidase activity (endogenous antioxidants). Curcumin also eliminated kidney microsomal and mitochondrial lipid peroxidation. The data suggest that administration of curcumin is a promising approach in the treatment of kidney disease.
The first thing you will need to do is cut your sodium intake. Cutting down on salt (sodium chloride) is probably the easiest thing to do (compared with cutting down on potassium and phosphorous). Can you survive without salt?
- The body can survive without salt. For over 5 million years of our human evolution we’ve been surviving without salt. Salt came into use only in the last 2000 years when it was used initially as a preservative to pickle things. Introducing additional salt causes your organs to work harder to remove that excess salt, significantly reducing their life span.
- If you really crave for salt, use genuine rock salt (do not use table salt) and limit the intake to less than 500mg per day.
- If your kidney is critically ill, then you should completely eliminate salt. With the exception, if you are undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD) you may need to take about 250mg of salt (rock salt), as PD drains salt from your body.
- Note that excess salt causes one to lose calcium which can lead to bone weakness and bone disease.
Potassium and Phosphorous
It is important to restrict your diet to low potassium (below 200mg per serving) and low phosphorous (below 100mg per serving) foods. Too much or too low potassium can result in irregular heart beat and heart failure. Too much phosphorus stimulates the parathyroid gland which will deplete calcium from your bones (which will weaken the bones and cause painful joints). It can also result in calcium deposits in muscles, organs, and blood which can be dangerous.
- Vegetables: garlic, onions, carrots, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, summer squash, sweet peppers, bell peppers, cabbages, cauliflower.
- Fruits: apples, berries, grapes, lemon, peaches, pineapple, plums, watermelon.
- Juices (limited): apple, cranberry, grape.
- Dairy substitutes: rice milk, ragi
- Misc: instead of salt, use lemon, pepper, or low sodium herbs and spices.
- Oils (in moderation): sesame, coconut, olive.
Foods to Avoid
- Vegetables: tomatoes, spinach, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, dried beans (lentils, peas).
- Fruits: bananas, dried fruits, mangoes, papaya, honeydew, cantaloupe, oranges, kiwi.
- Juices: orange, prune, vegetable juice, soft drinks.
- Dairy: milk, yogurt, cheese (all dairy products are a concentrated source of phosphorous).
- Misc: table salt and salt substitutes, chocolate, pickles, protein supplements, biscuits, snacks that contain salt (chips, pretzels).
- Oils: (these oils are very harmful even in very small quantities) partially hydrogenated oils, hydrogenated oils, vegetable shortening.
- Nuts and seeds: avoid all seeds and nuts. They are extremely high in phosphorous and potassium. For example cashews, peanuts, walnuts, almonds – whether raw or roasted have each 100g has more than 600mg of potassium and 500mg of phosphorous (that’s about double the amount of phosphorous in same quantity of yogurt).
- Medicine: cut down as much as possible on pills like painkillers and antacids.
- Leach high potassium vegetables to reduce the potassium: cut the vegetable into small pieces and place in a very large pot of water and let it soak for at least 4 hours at room temperature or overnight in a refrigerator.
- High potassium vegetables should be eaten in very limited quantity. Limit the serving size so that you keep the potassium under 200mg per serving.
- Vegetables should be cooked. For example, raw cabbage is 246mg of potassium uncooked, and cooked it is 97mg.
If you are undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD), it is important to note that protein is lost during PD, so one needs to eat sufficient protein.
Note that when the kidney is not functioning, excessive protein is dangerous, as the kidney leaks protein albumin into the blood, which causes increase in blood urea nitrogen (BUN). Symptoms are neurological disturbances such as altered cognitive function, impaired taste (bad taste in mouth), swelling of legs, loss of appetite, and skin takes on gray color due to urea crystals forming on skin.
Protein deficiency can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, insulin resistance, loss of muscle mass, hair loss, low body temperature, hormonal irregularities, as well as loss of skin elasticity.
Therefore, calculate your protein intake. Your body needs typically 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight. So if you weigh 50kg you need 40g per day from quality protein sources.
Quality protein sources
- Eat a variety of legumes (soaked overnight, sprouted). Of the legumes, whole mung dhal (with skin, soaked overnight) is the best (it is known as the queen of all dhals in Ayurveda).
- According to ayurveda, almonds soaked overnight is one of the highest quality of protein found among vegetables. Soak it in a large vessel (for example, 8 almonds in 1 litre of water), so that the potassium is leached.
- Remember to soak your nuts (and beans like mung). Soaking removes enzyme inhibitors (phytic acid / phytates) which prevent many of the nutrients from being absorbed by the body. For example, soaked almonds increase bio-availability of proteins in it by 30%. The extensive changes in chemistry are very visible: unsoaked almonds, mung, peanuts are oily. When they are soaked, they are milky and sweetish.
Also, unsoaked almonds are are very high in potassium and phosphorous (like all nuts and seeds). This I have not verified, but I believe that in soaked almonds potassium is greatly reduced.
The kidney plays an important role in regulating blood pressure by controlling the amount of water.
- Taking excess water can cause high blood pressure (and stress the heart).
- Too little water can affect kidney function and recovery. It can also result in low blood pressure and can cause one to become unconscious.
- So when the kidney is not fully functional, it is important to manually regulate your water intake. Do not have more than 1.4L of fluid per day. Be aware that some fruits have a lot of water and contribute to your water limit.
- After the kidney is fully functioning one can do water therapy to keep it in good health.
Discipline, Attention, & Love
The key to recovery is discipline. Follow the above with the strictest discipline, else a more serious condition may manifest (such as the liver failure, bone disease, loss of cognition, stroke, loss of vision, etc.). For example if you are negligent on avoiding phosphorous, you may recover from your kidney disease only to find out you have severely debilitating bone disease. The kidney is one of the organs that can easily regenerate even if its condition is terminal. Any failure for it to recover, is a failure or lack of effort on your part; not the kidney. Therefore, set your goals, and treat it as a challenge.
Give your kidney your focus, love, and attention (just like you would to help a sick person heal). Address all 5-elements (of Panch Bhoota), and it will recover. Don’t ignore love. Most people do. You have to cultivate a focus, turning the mind inward, and bathing your kidney with love. It is a powerful feedback to the brain. Just a like a human being can tremendously recover when given the love, so do your internal organs.
The above regiment and precautions are for people with kidney ailment. Once your kidney is healed, you should cautiously increase your intake of the above restricted food items, because these are also important nutrients, and are needed for proper maintenance and functioning of your body, to restore you to full health. For example potassium is used to regulate your BP (it helps reduce BP, i.e. the opposite effect of sodium). There is no substitute for these micro-nutrients. Deprive your body from them long enough, and it may cause some other ailment.
Learn from the lesson and respect your body and its organs. Eat a good variety of healthy foods (with restricted food items in moderation). If your kidney failure was caused by bad food habits, learn to eat your meals in moderation (don’t abuse your body by just shoving food down into your stomach). As to anything in life, moderation is the key to healthy living. If your kidney failure was caused by side effects of medical prescriptions, never take the risk of taking those drugs in the future no matter how “new and improved” the doctor tells you the drug is. Find some alternative, via ayurveda or yoga.
“Not working for me”/ “How long for results?”
If you have any questions / comments please leave them below. Having said that, I’ve exhaustively covered everything I can think of in this article, and cannot think of anything to add beyond what I’ve written here. If the kidney therapy is not working for you, the only thing left that I can suggest are as listed below.
You may want to check if there are other factors that maybe slowing down or working against the therapy, for example:
- Make sure all the components of the kidney therapy are being followed and not just one component (like not just the ginger compress). To understand the vital importance of following all components, re-read this article and also the related articles on Ayurveda and Pancha Bhoota.
- Doshas. People with different body types (doshas) will respond differently, some more quickly, some will take longer.
- Root Cause. Try to find any possible root causes of the kidney failure: food habits, medication, emotional stress (stress, anxiety, resentments, depression, loss/separation, other emotional baggage), etc.
- Medication. Check the warning label of the medications you are taking. I’d recommend finding its generic chemical name (should be able to get it from wikipedia), and add to the search keywords “renal” or “kidney”. For example, many cholesterol control statin drugs are known to cause acute renal failure.
- Environment. Check the history of renal problems in any other family members, relatives, and even neighbors that you are aware of? Which may indicate toxins in the environment (like in water supply or in food).
- Trauma. Any sort of trauma in your life (something that has caused severe emotional stress). Sometimes even past-life trauma can carry over to this life. Trauma can cause a particular part of the body to “lock up”, shutdown, and become unresponsive. That part of the body can be unlocked and functioning once one learns to overcome the trauma. But this means first identifying the trauma (you might not even be aware of it). Clues might be fear or aversion towards certain things, and clues in dreams.
The body has a tremendous capacity to heal itself, if only given the means to do so. Try not to despair. The more you fear, the less determined you’ll be in doing kidney therapy. Put aside all negative thoughts, and try to do with strong determination as much as possible everything in the kidney therapy. Many people have had success with it, and I believe a big success factor is a matter of doing it with dedication, love, and sincerity (i.e. not mechanically for the sake of doing it). You will have to do it with dedication, it will be almost like doing a full time job working overtime.
Wishing you all the best in your recovery.
This section answers some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ’s).
- What Ayurvedic doctor/clinic did you consult? I have not consulted any doctor or clinic. The therapy here is from my own reading and research.
- What diet plan did you follow? No diet plan. I just simply followed the basic do’s and dont’s described under the Diet section.
- Can you please contact me? I just don’t have any advise to offer beyond what I’ve written here. I’ve exhaustively covered everything I can think of in this article. Please patiently re-read the post. If you have any specific questions you may post it in the comment. If you find you have not received an answer for your question, it is likely because the answer is already in the article or what you’re asking is too clinical in nature (for example, I don’t have the expertise to give advise based on your vital signs, creatine, BUN, etc).
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[This section added on 2016-11-02]
I have been told that this kidney therapy has worked for many. Folks have even come from afar to meet my dad in person in our home town to profusely thank him for helping their kidneys recover. I’m told some expressed themselves with tears of joy. So I am positive this is not by chance that it cured my dad, but that it is repeatable. But as stated for the various factors above the results can vary. Also, this tells nothing about statistics, i.e. the total number of people for whom this did or did not work.
It will be of great help not only to this article but researchers mining the great Internet knowledge base for cures, to get statistics of the number of people as well as the extent this therapy has worked for you.
Note: I will be creating a forum where people can post their testimonials, ask questions, start a discussions, and help each other. I encourage everyone to leave general comments below, but post to the forum for questions and help from others.
I am not a trained medical professional. I am not a medical doctor. The therapy described in this article is to be used at your own risk. Always make the transition to any alternate/supplemental therapy gradually. Always monitor your health signs diligently through your doctor whenever doing any alternative therapy, and stop if there is any pain or discomfort. I am not responsible for any adverse reactions, side effects, etc.
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- Nutrition Data
- Diet for Kidney Disease
- Same article in Tamil (note: this may not be as complete or up to date as the English version)
This wouldn’t be complete if we don’t owe it to the Knowledge transmitted to us via great sages/yogis, without which all this would not have been possible.