Diet for kidney disease

Diet for kidney disease

Kidney failure is one of the most dreaded diseases. Even when one knows, it is coming, there is not much that one can do. Mainstream treatment normally means dialysis or transplant. Both are expensive and very taxing on the patient. Not to mention the difficulty of finding right donor in time. Economic cost of Dialysis in India would be about Rs 2-3 lakhs per year.


But there is a way out.


Some of the Naturopaths and traditional medicine practitioners have been working with kidney patients and I have the privilege of working with one of them. I write below what we do so, that more people can know and benefit from it. The note is written in collaboration with Dr Jay Sanghvi who has been treating kidney patients through combination of Naturopathy, Ayurveda, and Yoga for more than 25 years.


We combine various simple and safe treatments to enable patients take care of their kidney.


Over the years various patients have had following benefits:

1) Decrease / stabilisation of creatinine levels

2) Decrease frequency / Avoid dialysis

3) Avoid / postpone surgery

4) Symptomatic relief e.g. reduction in vomiting, blood pressure, oedema, loss of appetite, pain etc.


How does Naturopathy work?

1) By reducing load on kidney by changing diet pattern

2) By allowing time for kidney to rest & repair

3) By activating other cleansing organs e.g. Bowel, Liver, and Skin to support kidney


Which Naturopathy treatments are used?

1) Kidney pack – It’s a combination of hot and cold packs

2) Fomentation – Alternative use of hot and cold towels near the kidney area.

3) Hip Bath – Immersing the lower abdomen in tub filled with water.

4) Friction Bath

5) Reflex and meridian points


How Naturopathy treatments work: Main aim of treatment is to give proper blood supply to kidney.

1) treatments to improve functioning of kidney which is weak and malfunctioning.

2) treatments to remove impurities sticking to kidney

3) treatments to remove infection in chronic infective condition


Herbs for kidney care: Time tested safe herbal medicine

1) Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa); Red or Spreading Hogweed – It is a good diuretic and anti-inflamatory.

2) Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris); It is a diuretic herb useful in kidney dysfunction, renal stones, and dysuria.

3) Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia); Helps in improving immune system


Diet in kidney diseases:

Main aim of dietary plan is to decrease load on kidney by eliminating food that produces lot of by-products which in turn need to be filtered by kidney. The dietary plan also ensures that all the essential nutrients are made available thus allowing cleansing, repairing, and reconstruction. It also works towards restoring the natural balance of the body chemistry. The diet plan is designed taking into consideration individual’s body constitution, state of disease and general health condition.


Main food items used for kidney care:

1) Bottle gourd juice

2) Rice & Rice water

3) Green gram water

4) Banana water

5) Vegetables – bottle gourd, pointed gourd (parval), ivy gourd (tindora), ridged luffa (galka), smooth luffa (turiya), papaya, radish, pumpkin.


Normal course of treatment:

1) 6 weeks at a Nature Cure Centre directly under supervision of doctor

2) 2 to 3 months of treatment to be continued at home

3) 3 weeks follow up treatment at Nature Cure Centre

4) This is general plan but varies as per need and condition of the individual.


Kind of conditions that can be treated through Naturopathy:

1) Chronic Renal Failure – If kidney function > 30%

2) Chronic Infective condition

3) Inflammatory Condition

4) Diabetic Nephropathy

5) Hydro Nephrosis

6) Renal Insufficiency


Ideal cases for treatment through Naturopathy:

1) Not yet started dialysis or doing dialysis for less than 3 months

2) Haemoglobin level > 10

3) Creatinine < 5

4) Age < 60 yrs

5) No other complications with kidney disease

6) Clinically stable and other parameters under control

7) One who has faith in Naturopathy & wishes to go for this treatment.