Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal disease, is the result of loss of kidney function. It can happen over the course of months and years and many times people are unaware that there is a problem, due to the lack of detectable symptoms during its early stages. This is a significant issue as if it’s left untreated, it can lead to chronic renal failure. So what are the signals you should look for before treating chronic kidney disease?
If allowed to progress, the first specific signs of the disease include loss of appetite, general malaise, headaches, itching and dry skin, nausea, and unintentional weight loss. The latter stages of the disease cause complete kidney deterioration that the only option is often dialysis.
With approximately 10% of the population suffering from it, researchers at the School of Chinese Medicine of Hong Kong Baptist University, led by Dr. Xu Daji undertook a clinic observation of 162 patients who attended HKBU’s Chinese medicine clinics for treatment of chronic renal failure from May 2008 to December 2016.
The study results showed that the effective stability rate of the Chinese medicine treatment for patients suffering from the disease in the early diagnosis stage for a year was 90.23% whereas for those suffering for a year in the diagnosis stage of three, the rate was 70.47%.
The big takeaway here is one of the fundamental tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine: the earlier a patient receives a Chinese medicine treatment, the better the clinical effect will be.
Part of the study also involved an analysis of patient awareness. Simply put: how many of them knew they had the disease? While some were aware, a handful of individual cases did not know they were on the brink of complete renal failure.
The biggest hurdle in lowering rates of chronic kidney disease is education. If people are aware of early signs, then there’s better chances of stopping the disease before it becomes irrevocable. Recommendations for avoiding kidney disease include eating healthier, resting well, as well as avoiding pharmaceuticals such as pain-killers that are harmful to the kidneys. Recent research shows that heartburn drugs are also very damaging to the kidney.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has a history of treating the disease very well. In the hands of a trained practitioner, early indicators of kidney dysfunction can be detected with pulse diagnosis. If you think you or a loved one may be experiencing kidney problems, please contact the clinic for a free consultation and learn about how to handle this problem naturally and without devastating side effects.
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