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Green Dialysis

Green Dialysis

——Jie Jun Dong (SENIOR PHYSICIAN)

 

Chinese herbal dialysis is a new concept that I gradually formed and defined over many years of treating kidney diseases. I firmly believe that this concept can work as I followed professor Peng JianZhong in clinical rounds and saw the state of many patients with uremia.

I’d like to formally introduce the concept to dispel many misconceptions from patients. Many of them believe that dialysis is a better choice since herbal medicine does not cure kidney failure. To many people, lifelong dialysis is well accepted and unquestionable, while the lifelong use of herbal medicine is received with resistance.

Therefore, I often use the term “Chinese herbal dialysis” when communicating with patients. Yes, it’s true that chronic kidney disease is incurable and the only management is dialysis. However, there are many ways to achieve that. Chinese herbal dialysis facilitates detoxification through skin, as well as bowel and bladder movement. It has the advantage of protecting the remaining function of the kidneys and maintaining adequate urine output. TCM treatment based on its unique differential diagnosis can also improve anemia and bone disorders associated with chronic kidney disease, and the overall quality of life of the patient. Education like this eradicates anxiety towards TCM treatment and the patients are more compliant due to their new understanding.

Case study:

Patient 1: Female, 74, presented to the clinic in 2005 with diabetic nephropathy. Her blood tests would return to normal after treatment. She has been treated on and off since. Although she is qualified for dialysis, she hasn’t had to receive any. She continues to be treated with Chinese herbal green dialysis.

Patient 2: Male, 70, with uremia. He was afraid of dialysis. He started Chinese herbal green dialysis 3 years ago and has been stable.

Avoid “stimulating food”

TCM believes that high protein food, including chicken, duck, fish and red meat, increases the burden on the kidneys, causing the condition to progress. Patients with kidney diseases need to adhere to strict diets, avoiding beef, lamb, crab, and chili pepper, etc. Those with proteinuria should also limit the amount of plant protein, including soy products. Diet should contain beef, lean meat, fresh vegetables, and congee. Additionally, one should quit smoking and overexertion (including sexual activities). Increased metabolic byproducts in the body increase the workload of the kidneys.