Numerous herbs may help treat your chronic kidney failure. According to a 2007 article by Eric Yarnell, N.D. published in the journal "Alternative and Complementary Therapies," chronic kidney failure -- the loss of kidney function over time -- is a significant problem in contemporary society. Yarnell states that botanical medicine can help forestall the need for kidney dialysis. Before taking herbs to help treat your chronic kidney failure, talk with your doctor about possible side effects and proper dosage.
Milk thistle is an herb that may help treat kidney failure. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, milk thistle, also known as Silybum marianum, is a flowering herb that is native to the Mediterranean region. Milk thistle has been used for thousands of years to treat numerous health problems, including liver problems, elevated cholesterol levels, certain types of cancer and kidney failure. The seeds of the plants are used medicinally. Dr. Sharol Tilgner, a naturopathic physician and author of the book "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth," states that milk thistle is an antioxidant that helps your kidneys function better and protects them from the damaging effects of numerous health complications. Before taking milk thistle to help treat your kidney failure, talk with your doctor about possible side effects and proper dosage.
Astragalus is an herb that may be beneficial for treating kidney failure. The University of Maryland Medical Center, or UMMC, states that astragalus, also known as Astragalus membranaceus, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to strengthen your body against disease. Astragalus, notes the UMMC, is an adaptogen, which means that it helps protect your body against physical, mental and emotional stress. Astragalus has a sweet, moist taste. The root of the plant is used medicinally. According to Tilgner, astragalus is an anti-inflammatory, diuretic and hypotensive that protects your kidney function. The two principle pharmacologically-active constituent groups in astragalus are polysaccharides and saponins. Before taking astragalus to help treat your kidney failure, talk with your doctor about possible side effects and proper dosage.
Licorice root is an herb that may be effective for treating kidney disease. According to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, licorice, also known as Glycyrrhiza glabra, has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to detoxify and enhance or balance the effects of other components in herbal formulas. The root of the plant is used medicinally to treat numerous health problems, including bronchitis, chest congestion, constipation, hepatitis, inflammation, peptic ulcers, prostate cancer and chronic kidney failure. Tilgner states that licorice root is a demulcent, anti-allergenic, expectorant, antioxidant, nutritive, spasmolytic and mild laxative. Overuse of licorice root could make kidney disease worse, notes the MedlinePlus website. Before taking licorice root to help treat your chronic kidney failure, talk with your doctor about possible side effects and proper dosage.
- "Alternative and Complementary Therapies"; Herbs for Relieving Chronic Renal Failure; E. Yarnell, N.D. et al.; February 2007
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Milk Thistle
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Astragalus
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: Licorice
- MedlinePlus: Licorice