Kidney and Bladder

Infection is usually the cause of kidney and bladder problems. Waste products from body processes are filtered out of the blood by the kidneys, which also regulate the fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. The wastes and excess electrolytes that are excreted, along with water in the form of urine, are retained in the bladder until voiding. Cystitis refers to an inflammation of the bladder, whether it involves actual infection or not. Frequent, urgent and painful urination (sometimes with blood or pus) and pain in the lower abdomen and back area are symptoms of cystitis. Nephritis refers to an inflammation of the nephrons in the kidney, leading to the deterioration of that organ and sometimes death. It is nearly always a result of bacterial infection. Bright’s disease refers to several extreme forms of glomerulonephritis which involves degeneration of the kidney’s minute filter cells. The acute form of this disease is generally preceded by a streptococcus infection somewhere in the body and there may be no overt symptoms. However, in most cases of kidney disease, chills, fever, headache and blood or albumen (blood plasma protein) in the urine accompany the pain and tenderness in the kidney area. Kidney problems may also be indicated by edema and high blood pressure. See ‘Gravel and Stones‘ for a discussion of kidney stones.

Recommended Action

Initially, one should do a juice fast (like the Lemon Aid Cleansing Fast), followed by a diet low in mucus and containing at least 2 litres of clean water daily. Watermelon (especially its seeds) is beneficial. Potent diuretics tone and stimulate the entire urinary tract, most notably the kidneys. Remember, don’t push the kidneys too hard! If there is bleeding in the urinary tract, use marshmallow, which is a specific homeostatic in this case. If bleeding is severe, simmer 30 mg marshmallow root in 2 cups (500 ml) of milk and drink 1/2 cup (125 ml) every half hour until the bleeding stops. Continue taking a half-cup every hour for the rest of the day. To ensure the organ is healing, take this remedy three times a day for the next three days. If kidney problems are complicated by, or are a result of, prostate or menstrual difficulties, those problems should also be dealt with specifically at the same time. Consult a practitioner if complications occur. If polycystic kidneys are involved, also see Syndrome X. For both bladder and interstitial cystitis see Candida also. Fill in questionnaires.

Single Herbs: Parsley, Juniper Berries, Dandelion Root, Uva Ursi, Gravel Root (diuretic and kidney function), Cat’s Claw; Barberry, Coptis or Goldenseal (if kidney or bladder infection).

Nutritional Supplements: Beta-carotene (80,000 IU daily for three months, then lowered to 20,000 IU), Vitamin B6 (50 mg), Vitamin B2 (25 mg), Choline (500-1000 mg), Vitamin C (500 mg, three to six times daily), Vitamin E (200-1000 IU daily), Potassium (one to five grams of Potassium Chloride), Lecithin (1200 mg, twice daily).