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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 People with Polycystic Kidney Disease Eat Ginseng

2013-04-18 15:42

Can People with Polycystic Kidney Disease Eat GinsengGinseng is made from the gnarly root of the ginseng plant. Some patients use it to fight against their disease. Because it has many healthy benefits, many PKD patients also want to know the answer of the question-can people with Polycystic Kidney Disease eat ginseng.

Generally, the ginseng root is chewed or brewed as tea. It is also available as tablet, capsule and liquid extract. Taking one capsule of ginseng or a cup of ginseng tea, you will find out the following healthy benefits.

Ease pain: According to sensory nerve cell test, ginseng has an effect of easing all kinds of pain including back pain and headache that are two common symptoms of Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Lower high blood pressure: High blood pressure is usually the most common symptom of PKD. Ginseng is able to help extend blood vessels and improve blood circulation. Its content, saponin, can make blood vessels to produce nitric oxide, which can help lower high blood pressure. However, excessive ginseng, in turn, will raise patients’ high blood pressure. Therefore, correct amount of ginseng everyday is very important for people with PKD. However, how much ginseng PKD patients can consume one daily should depend on their condition. Therefore, you had better ask the kidney experts online for the amount in detail.

Improve patients’ immunity: Ginseng can help activate or enhance the cellular immunity and the activity of natural killer cells so as to improve PKD patients’ immunity. As a result, these patients can fight against their disease better.

Improve sexual dysfunction: Some PKD patients especially the ones on dialysis are suffering from sexual dysfunction. Ginseng is able to help them solve this healthy problem through relieving their stress, enhancing their sexual desire, etc.

From the above, we can know people with Polycystic Kidney Disease can take one capsule of ginseng or a cup of ginseng tea once every two days for a period of time. However, excessive and prolonged use of ginseng can cause some healthy problems, so patients had better consume it with the guidance of doctors.

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