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Chinese herbs for kidney disease treatment 

Do you know from the thousand types of Chinese herbs, which are the ones mostly commonly used in treating kidney disease? Today we will reveal the secrets behind these Chinese herbs. There are many patients who need to undergo dialysis and through taking Chinese herbal medication, it helps to lessen the agony of dialysis. So what is so special about these herbs? And what kind of medicinal recipes can we make from understanding these herbs? Let us take a look now.

 

Spreading Hedyotis白花蛇舌草

 

Notice that the appearance ofSpreading Hedyotis has thin stems and opposite leaves, a single leaf of white flower in axillary, its shape resembles a snake thomsonae, hence the name Spreading Hedyotis.Modern medicine has found that this herb has anti-cancer properties, normally used to treat some cancer patients and is given "holy anticancer medicine" among the Chinese herbs. The therapeutic effects of Spreading Hedyotis are clearing heat and detoxification, promoting blood circulation and reduce swelling, relieve congestion and pain, diuresis and dehumidification, which simply mean that it has anti-inflammatory, reduce swelling and in addition diuretic effects. In clinical practice, Spreading Hedyotis is discovered to have promoting blood circulation and reduce swelling effect, as well as relieving congestion and pain.

 

How is this herb harvested? Where is it grown in?

China. Grown on hillslopes, roadsides and in riverbank bushes.

 

How can someone know if it is of good quality? What do you look out for?

Spreading Hedyotis, annual herbaceous, 15-50cm in height. Thin stem, hairless, clean and bald. Opposite leaves, with a short petiolate or sessile.Leaves linear to linear-lanceolate, 1-3.5cm in length, 1-3mm in width.

 

Spreading Hedyotis is once a common Chinese herb and inexpensive. However, it is recently used for treating kidney disease and cancer. Due to its great usefulness and good therapeutic effects, the demand of Spreading Hedyotis increases can no longer meet the supply, hence an increase in price and adulterants appear. Another reason is because the appearance of adulterants are easily confused with other herbs. 5 types of adulterants as listed below:

  1. Corymbose Hedyotis水线草– stem in a quadrangular shape
  2. Wu Se Cao乌蛇草- many branches, stem in a quadrangular shape
  3. Hedyotis tenelliflora纤花耳草– thin grass stem
  4. Tian Gu Cao添姑草-  Fine root-like filaments
  5. Stellaria uliginosa雀舌草(Diercao地耳草) – Single stem

 

How is it used in TCM (to address what deficiency, which is usually caused by what, symptoms related to this area of deficiency)?

In general, who should use this herb?

 

Therapeutic effects: Clearing heat and detoxification, promoting blood circulation and reduce swelling, relieve congestion and pain, diuresis and dehumidification, which simply mean that it has anti-inflammatory, reduce swelling and in addition, diuretic effects.

Main treatments: Symptoms such as abnormal renal function accompanied by foamy urine, sore throat, appendicitis, purulent skin, jaundice heat and difficulty urinating, snakebites and cancer.

Patients who are suitable for usage: Patients with long-term nephrotic proteinuria, recurrent respiratory tract, urinary tract or gastrointestinal infection. Spreading Hedyotis has diuretic, hemostatic and antibacterial function which can be used in acute hepatitis and gastritis.

If Spreading Hedyotis is used to treat proteinuria, it can be complemented with Astragalus (HuangQi) and Eucommia (DuZhong) to supplement Qi and kidney.

 

Who should avoid this herb (whether temporarily or permanently)? What are the contraindications to the use of this herb?

The nature of Spreading Hedyotis is cooling, hence it is not suitable for people with a “cold” body constitution. For people who gets diarrhea easily due to spleen deficiency should avoid this herb.

 

Recipe

Spreading Hedyotis water is a commonly seen herbal tea in Singapore. For people who are heaty with throat discomfort, high fever, pain in limbs, pruritis and burning pain when urinating can take this herb frequently.

 

Procedure:

1. Wash the Spreading Hedyotis cleanly.

2. Add 1500ml of water to the Spreading Hedyotis, using big fire to boil it and change to small fire and simmer for 15 mins. Then remove the residue and collect the fluid.

3. Melt 20g of sugar into the collected fluid.

  

White Cogongrass 白茅根

 

The characteristic appearance of the herb is shown from its name. Its leaves are sharp and thin, as sharp as a spear, both sides of the leaves can easily cut one’s hands. Its root is white in colour and appears to be of one section by one section and has an obvious sweet taste.

Most of the people has the impression that the herb is to be used as a cooling tea and yes, it is one of the clear soup which is often drank during spring and summer locally and in Guangdong and Hong Kong, etc. The herb has properties that can clear heat and dissipate fire, provide fluid and quench thirst, moisten the lungs and detoxify, clear the liver and soothe the stomach.  The specific aspects of the effectiveness of White Congongrass is clearing of heat, especially clearing the heat in lungs or stomach. The herb can be used for heat in the stomach will cause dry mouth, bitterness in the mouth or smelly breath easily, as well as heat in the lungs which induce cough. Besides this, the herb can also use for clearing heat and diuretic and is effective for some people who experience sharp pain or impeded flow when urinating and hematuria. This herb, which had functions of cooling of the blood and hemostasis, is also commonly used in treating bleeding disorders, such as coughing from heat in the lungs and hematemesis from heat in the stomach.

 

How is this herb harvested? Where is it grown in?

Grown in hay on roadsides or on hillslopes.

 

How can someone know if it is of good quality? What do you look out for?

Sufficient herb supply, cheap and value for money, most of it are not adulterants. The cooling and moisturizing effect of White Congongrass is better when choosing fresh herbs to be added as a medicine or to make as herbal tea. Always remember to find qualified Chinese Medicine shops to purchase the herbs.

 

How is it used in TCM (to address what deficiency, which is usually caused by what, symptoms related to this area of deficiency)?

Therapeutic effects of White Congongrass: Cooling the blood (The treatment of skin plagues, nasal bleeding, gingivitis caused by hemorrhage bleeding, TCM categorized these problems due to “heat getting into the bloodstream”), hemostasis, clearing heat and diuresis.

Treat high fever which does not subside, heatstroke fever,hemorrhagic gastritis, upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage, coughing out sputum with blood, nose bleeding, cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, jaundice, etc.

The herb’s clearing the kidney and hemostatic effects are relatively obvious and can be used to treat nephritis hematuria. The herb can be used on its own in treating hematuria or complementing with Pyrrosia (ShiWei), Malva verticillata (DongKui) and Talcum (HuaShi).

 

In general, who should use this herb?

Who should avoid this herb (whether temporarily or permanently)? What are the contraindications to the use of this herb?

This herb is contraindicated by people with cold deficiency of the spleen and stomach and frequent micturition and do not feel thirsty.

 

Recipe

White Congongrass Sugarcane water

Ingredients: Fresh White Congongrass 50g, 3 Ficus Carica, 500g of sugarcane, 500g of chestnuts with skin, 1 carrot.

 

Procedure:

  1. Wash all of the ingredients. Chop the sugarcane into small pieces, cut into half and ripped it open. Cut off the head and bottom of the chestnuts and cut the carrot into large pieces.
  2. Place all the ingredients into the pot and pour 10 bowls of clean water into the pot.
  3. Boil for 15 mins under big fire and turn to small fire to simmer for 30 mins.
  4. Filter out the residue in the soup. Place in the refrigerator if the soup is unfinished to consume as a cooling beverage.

Effects: Clearing heat, cooling the blood, diuresis, nourishing Yin and providing fluid.

 

 

Asper 续断

The herb, Asper got its name from “fixing and connecting broken bones”, in which one of its functions is to fix and connect tendons and bones, achieving the effects of promoting blood circulation, clearing meridian channels and pain relief. Besides, Asper is also called “Chuan Duan” and this other name is also used by many people. “Chuan” mainly states the authentic location of where the herb originated from, Si Chuan.

The effects of this herb are to supplement the liver and kidney, connecting the tendons and bones and to regulate the blood. Supplementing the liver and kidney refers to many aspects of the therapeutic effects in modern disease conditions such as to improve soreness and pain in the lower back, weakness in limbs and rheumatic arthralgia (pain and discomfort in localized muscles and joints which restrict movements). In addition, the herb also has a significant therapeutic effect in treating problems of the genitourinary system such as impotence, reproductive dysfunction problems, portent miscarriage, heavy bleeding during menstruation, abnormal leucorrhea discharge, and frequent spermatorrhea.

It is unavoidable to speak of Eucommia when Asper is being mentioned, which is the most famous tree bark. The frequency of combining both herbs is very high, which can be used for muscle strain, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis bone necrosis, traumatic sequelae, as well as stabilizing the foetus during pregnancy.

 

How is this herb harvested? Where is it grown in?

Grown in cool and moist areas, such as in states of China: Si Chuan, JiangXi, HuBei and HuNan.

 

How can someone know if it is of good quality? What do you look out for?

Separate into Asper, alcoholic Asper and salted Asper according to the different methods of concoction. Preferably filled with flesh.

 

How is it used in TCM (to address what deficiency, which is usually caused by what, symptoms related to this area of deficiency)?

In general, who should use this herb?

The effects of this herb are to supplement the liver and kidney, connecting the tendons and bones and to regulate the blood Treat soreness and pain in the lower back, weakness in limbs, reproductive dysfunction problems, portent miscarriage, heavy bleeding during menstruation, abnormal leucorrhea discharge, and frequent spermatorrhea, bruises and a number of inflammatory skin diseases. Used for kidney deficiency symptoms such as sore back, weakness in the knees, pain and discomfort in localized muscles and joints which restrict movements, portent miscarriage, heavy bleeding during menstruation, injuries and bruises. Asper is used together with Eucommia to treat muscle strain, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis bone necrosis, traumatic sequelae, as well as stabilizing the foetus during pregnancy.

 

Who should avoid this herb (whether temporarily or permanently)? What are the contraindications to the use of this herb?

People with Yin deficiency and excess fire body constitution or feel heaty should avoid taking this herb.

 

Recipe

Asper Pork bone Soup

400g of Pork bones, 30g of Eucommia, 25g of Asper, 2g of salt

  1. Wash Asper and Eucommia cleanly, place it into a gauze bag and tightly enclosed the bag.
  2. Clean and wash the pork bones and remove any hair. Together with the herbal bag, place it into a ceramic pot and add adequate amount of water.
  3. Use big fire to boil it, then change to small fire and simmer for 40mins until the pork bones are cooked.
  4. Lastly, add in the salt for flavouring.

Functions: Supplementing the liver and kidney, strengthen bones and marrow. Used to treat deficiency of the liver and kidney, soreness and pain in the lower back, osteoporosis, impotence, spermatorrhea, old lower back injury and pain in lower back and legs.