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Kidney Disease

Date Written 2007
Author Joe Holmes Date Revised 2-20-10

Kidney Disease

This table contains herbs and compounds reported to help the kidney. Note: we search the alternative sources then list the item in black without any research. This way we can show various traditional items for your reference but only those we have researched will contain links to scientific verification. We do not recommend or suggest any item, rather we collect information to allow you to make a more informed decision.
Cortex Mori Radicis
Flos Lonicerae
Gypsum Fibrosum
Herba Leonuri
Polyporus Umbellatus
Qilong-Lishui granule
Rhizoma Imperatae
herbs or compounds that may agravate the kidneys
Aristolochia clematitis
Consumption of >60 g of Mu Tong or Fangchi from herbal supplements was associated with an increased risk of developing kidney failure.pubmed 20116155
phosphorous additives (See item 6 below)


1. Low protein and high amino acid diet shows potential to delay degeneration and improve function.

2. Nephrotic syndrome is one of many kidney diseases. It has very high levels of protein in the urine, a condition called proteinuria, low levels of protein in the blood, swelling, especially around the eyes, feet, and hands and high cholesterol. It it caused by damage to the kidneys' glomeruli that are tiny blood vessels that filter wastes and excess water from the blood and send them to the bladder as urine. It causes protein in the blood to leak into the urine. This results in a deficiency of or loss of protein which is needed to regulate fluid throughout the body causing fluid to accumulate in the body’s tissues rather than circulating. The fluid causes swelling and puffiness. Nephrotic syndrome can occur with many diseases. In adults, the most common causes are diabetic nephropathy and membranous nephropathy. In older adults, the most common cause is amyloidosis. Prevention of nephrotic syndrome relies on controlling these diseases. Frequently, however, the cause of nephrotic syndrome is unknown.

Chinese herbs claimed to help Nephrotic disease; Polyporus Umbellatus, Rhizoma Imperatae, Poria, Fructus-Corni, Fructus-Forsythiae, Herba Leonuri, Flos Lonicerae, Gypsum Fibrosum and Cortex Mori Radicis. This site claims out of 21 subjects using all of these herbs 8 recovered and 12 improved.

4. This is a site selling a product they claim will aid in healing Nephrotic disease. I put it here for your information, I do not endorse or discourage its use. It contains Poria, Alisma, Rehmannia, Morinda, Astragalus, Cyperus, and Dioscorea and sells for $60 dollars a bottle.

5. In the Balkan regions, the exposure to AA (aristolochic acid (AA) extracted from species of Aristolochia) found in flour obtained

6. "Patients with kidney disease may be at danger from a ‘hidden threat’ of phosphorous additives found in processed and fast foods, says a new study from the US."

7. "N-Acetyl-cysteine (NAC) is known to be a powerful antioxidant used to prevent renal damage." PMID: 20534223

8. "We developed methods for prolonged (12 h), sterile, normothermic perfusion of rat kidneys and screened compounds for renal preservation... We conclude that PPARalpha agonists, particularly when combined with mannitol, protect organs from normothermic, perfusion-induced damage." PMID: 17291221

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