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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Can Shepherd's Purse Help Treat Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-06-16 11:30

Can Shepherd’s Purse Help Treat Polycystic Kidney DiseaseAs herbal remedies for Polycystic Kidney Disease become popular in recent years, the great benefits of shepherd’s purse attracts many people’s attention. Some of PKD patients try to use this herb to ease their symptoms. However, can shepherd’s purse really help treat Polycystic Kidney Disease?

Why so many people are familiar with this herb?

One big utilization of shepherd’s purse is to treat urinary tract infections associated with hematuria. Its diuretic properties can naturally increase patients’ urine volume thus cleansing the urinary tract. Therefore, people with urinary tract infections would like to choose this herb to control their condition.

As the incidence of high blood pressure increases, choosing an effective natural anti-hypertensive agents becomes many patients’ concern. Drinking one or two cups of shepherd’s purse leaf tea can help lower high blood pressure. In addition, this herb also has many other medical values such as relieving stress, treating muscle problems, regulate irregular heart beat, easing headache, etc.

All of the above symptoms are common in Polycystic Kidney Disease. This is why so many PKD patients want to use this herb to control their condition. Is their thought right?

Can shepherd’s purse help treat Polycystic Kidney Disease?

The answer may make some of them disappointed, because shepherd’s purse contains chemical compounds called oxalates, which can form kidney stones. Many people with Polycystic Kidney Disease have had kidney stones in the past, so it’s best for them to avoid using shepherd’s purse thoroughly. What’s more, whether you have PKD or not, you should avoid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

From the above analysis, we can know even though herbal medicines have an outstanding benefit on treating PKD, not all herbs are helpful for you. To avoid taking harmful herbs, make sure you have consulted your doctor or us before using any herb.

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