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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for Kidney Disease

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

Traditional Chinese Medicine originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use Chinese herbal medicines, acupuncture, and other methods to treat a wide range of conditions. And its application in treating kidney diseases undoubtedly brings new hopes for patients with kidney disease.

What are the different types of TCM?

The commonly used are Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. Other TCM therapies include moxibustion (burning moxa—a cone or stick of dried herb, usually mugwort—on or near the skin, sometimes in conjunction with acupuncture); cupping (applying a heated cup to the skin to create a slight suction); Chinese massage; mind-body therapies such as qi gong and tai chi; and dietary therapy.

Benefits for managing chronic kidney disease

Nowadays, some certain Chinese herbal medicines will be chosen by experts according to patients’ specific condition to help repair the kidney damage and recover kidney function through a series of functions like anti-inflammation, anti-coagulation, degradation, extending blood vessels, promoting blood circulation, removing blood stasis, promoting DNA replication of damaged inherent cells and providing nutrition for damaged kidneys.

Astragalus, Cordyceps, Panax Ginseng are commonly used to treat chronic kidney disease. Other herbs that have been used in the treatment are Rhubarb (Rheum officinale), Thunder God Vine (Tripterygium wilfordii, Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) and Szechuzn lovage (Ligusticum wallichi). Many of these herbs are even active in slowing the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Now you can evaluate your CKD to Get Herbs List from TCM Professor.

Acupuncture involves the use of needles, which are placed at specific points and left in the body for a short period of time. With proper needle placement, it is believed that the body releases endorphins and engages nerve endings in the body. This helps to block pain and restore the body’s functions for optimal health. It can mainly help patients with chronic kidney disease relieve headaches, control blood pressure, promote blood circulation and enhance immunity, etc.

Does TCM have any side effects?

Each type of Chinese herbal medicine has its own side effect more or less. Experts will match them to minimize the side effects if some certain ones having renal toxicity are needed.

Dos and donts of TCM

People have any medical conditions such as cancer, or are pregnant or breastfeeding must check with their doctors before starting any type of TCM. Some herbs may interfere with other drugs they are taking. Taken in large quantities, some herbs can cause miscarriage. Therefore, it is very important to let the doctor know about anything they are given by a TCM or herbal practitioner.

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