Polycystic kidney disease, causes the growth of many cysts in the kidneys. It is a genetic disorder that causes fluid-filled cysts to form in the kidneys, greatly enlarging them and reducing their function and eventually causing kidney failure in many cases.
Kidneys are vital to the human body, which means that kidney failure results in transplants or dialysis to manually remove the body of wastes. Because the kidneys serve an important function in the body–they filter fluids and wastes from the blood to form urine and regulate some of the body’s substances–the effects are serious when kidney disease develops.
Polycystic kidney disease is especially dangerous because it can cause liver cysts and problems with blood vessels in the heart and the brain in addition to causing kidney malfunction. PKD can also cause blood in the urine, frequent urinary tract infections, high blood pressure, kidney stones, aneuryisms,and diverticulosis. Therefore, treatment for PKD is vitally important in keeping the disease and its symptoms under control and to help prevent kidney failure later. Because patients suffering from polycystic kidney disease display an array of symptoms, various treatments are prescribed by traditional doctors. Over-the-counter pain medications are given for discomfort, large amounts of water are recommended when blood is in the urine to keep it diluted, hormone avoidance or partial liver removal are used to treat liver cysts, low sodium healthy diets are advised to keep blood pressure under control, and antibiotics are used to treat frequent kidney infections.
Alternative health treatments for kidney disease include adding calcium, magnesium, amino acids, enzymes, potassium, Vitamins A, B, C and E, and zinc to the diet.
Additionally, some herbs are believed to relieve some of the symptoms of the disease. The herbs include the following: dandelion root, which can help the kidneys excrete waste; cranberry, which has antibiotic properties and helps to acidify urine; celery, which works as a diuretic to decrease uric acid; parsley, which works as a diuretic to decrease uric acid; hydrangea, which cleanses the urinary tract; and Uva Ursi, which is has germicidal properties that cleanse the urinary tract.
Supplements for better kidney health include combinations of some or all of these nutrients in extract form. Additionally, marshmallow tea is recommended because it cleanses the kidneys. Watermelon seed tea is recommended because it is a diuretic, and goldenrod tea is recommended because it can act as an inflammatory cure. The herbs can also be ingested in other forms; celery and parsley can be eaten raw, while cranberries can be consumed dried or in juice blends. Additionally, juniper berries, stinging nettle and red clover are all beneficial for those with kidney disease.