Certain home remedies and natural treatments may prove helpful for chronic kidney disease, or renal failure, and the concomitant swelling that occurs in the feet. The National Kidney Foundation reports more than 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of kidney problem. Home remedies in the form of supplements and herbs may produce side effects, so consult a health practitioner before starting any new treatment.
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Dandelion, a common garden weed in the United States, is actually a powerful herb used for centuries for the treatment of various ailments. Dandelion is high in oxalates, which when consumed in combination with foods high in calcium bind to the calcium in the small intestine and bowel, providing protection from calcium oxalate kidney stones, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Dandelion is also considered an effective diuretic and may be helpful in removing excess fluids that form in the ankles and feet because of the edema that develops during kidney disease. Dandelion greens can be eaten in salads or cooked, or a tea can be made from the dried herb.
Dandelion should not be used by people taking pharmaceutical diuretics, unless under the supervision of a health practitioner. People with diabetes should use caution when taking dandelion, because it may reduce the blood sugar-lowering effects of their medications.
Another herb used by herbalists in both Eastern and Western herbal medicine is burdock root. Burdock root is primarily known as a blood cleanser, according to the Urban Herbs website. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties, although no scientific studies have been completed to support this anecdotal evidence.
Burdock root may be especially useful to help remove swelling from edematous tissues in the legs and feet. It can be applied topically as a poultice or used raw in salads and dried in tea. If the leaves of the burdock plant are used topically, sometimes their small hairs may cause skin irritation and a rash upon contact. Stop using the burdock if this occurs and consult a health practitioner if symptoms persist.
Cranberries and cranberry juice have shown some efficacy in preventing the formation of certain kinds of kidney stones in those with kidney disease, reports the British Journal of Urology. Cranberry juice is also known to be an effective agent in fighting lower urinary tract infections, due to its high vitamin C content, antibacterial properties and the presence of anthocyanin, a potent antioxidant. Cranberry juice may also be helpful in reducing edema in the feet and ankles because it stimulates increased urination and flushing of the kidneys.
The British Journal of Urology recommends combining 1 cup of pure cranberry juice with 3 cups water and drinking the total contents daily in several doses. Use only freshly juiced cranberry juice or unsweetened cranberry extract. Do not use any commercially prepared cranberry juices unless they are 100 percent cranberry.