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What Herbs Help Increase Kidney Function

2014-04-23 03:57

What Herbs Help Increase Kidney FunctionKidney function or renal function is an indicator of the state of the kidneys. Scr (serum creatinine) and BUN (blood urea nitrogen) are two measurements of kidney function. In other words, to increase kidney function is to lower Scr and BUN level. Herbs are well known for its natural ingredients. Today, I would like to share with you some helpful herbs that can help increase kidney function.

- Cordyceps sinensis

It is also colloquially called caterpillar fungus or yartsa gunbu. It is a fungus that parasitizes larvae of ghost moths and produces a fruiting body valued as an herbal remedy. Its medical value for kidney diseases such as CKD (chronic kidney disease), Diabetic Nephropathy, Lupus Nephritis, has been proved by clinical practices.

It contains 18 kinds of amino acids and rich trace elements. The active properties can lower Scr and BUN level as well as increase protein content in plasma. Therefore, anemia and malnutrition can be improved. Besides, it can promote tubular epithelial cells’ repairing and regeneration so as to increase kidney function.

- Rheum officinale

It is a rhubarb from the family Polygonaceae originating in Asia. It is also a component in the North American herbal remedy called Essiac tea. At present, rheum officinale is almost contained in all Chinese medicines used for treating acute or chronic kidney failure. It works through the following ways:

1. Lower Scr and BUN level

2. Prevent kidney hypermetabolism

3. Reduce glomerular sclerosis

- Salvia miltiorrhiza

Salvia miltiorrhiza, also known as red sage, Chinese sage, tan shen, or danshen, is a perennial plant in the genus Salvia, highly valued for its roots. Its effective content can promote blood circulation and remove blood stasis. As a result, enough blood and oxygen can be supplied for kidneys, thus increasing kidney function. Practices show that it works well on Diabetic Nephropathy and Kidney Syndrome.

- Astragalus

Its common names include milk vetch (most species) and locoweed (in North America, some species). It increases kidney function by promoting both humoral and cellular immunity.

-Tripterygium wilfordii hook F

It is known as a new immune agents, similar to glucocorticoid. However, its acting mechanism is different. It plays a role of increasing kidney function by three ways:

1. Induce lymphocyte apoptosis;

2. Interfere with the life cycle of lymphocyte, preventing it from developing;

3. Inhibit the growth of IL-2.

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