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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.

Herbal Therapy: Ginger in Polycystic Kidney Disease Treatment

2013-07-02 09:25

Herbal Therapy: Ginger in Polycystic Kidney Disease TreatmentGinger is a time-honored spice or herb that has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of diseases. As for ginger therapy in Polycystic Kidney Disease treatment, different people holds different opinions.

Quite a number of people believe ginger is good for PKD patients

In Polycystic Kidney Disease, the continuous enlargement of kidney cysts causes increasing pressure on their surrounding kidney tissues as well as other organs, resulting in less blood flowing into kidney. We call this condition ischemia. If left uncontrolled, enlarged kidney cysts can lead to decline of kidney function. Generally, this is PKD patients’ biggest concern.

The recent study finds that dietary ginger supplement can prompt the activities of antioxidant enzymes in kidney function, thus inhibiting antioxidant activities and treating renal ischemia. Finally, the user’s kidney function can be improved to some extent. This is the main reason why so many people think ginger is helpful to treat PKD.

In fact, ginger, as a traditional herb, has many other healthy benefits such as prompting appetite, lowering high fever, anti-inflammation and subduing nausea and vomiting. All of these symptoms may easily occur in Polycystic Kidney Disease, so you can consume some gingers according to your condition.

On the contrary, some people think ginger may cause some adverse reactions for PKD patients

In their opinion, people with PKD especially advanced have to use some medicines such as painkillers and anti-hypertensive agents to ease their symptoms. In this condition, the use of herbal supplements can be risky because of the potential interactions with these medications and unwanted side effects.

From the above analysis, we know even though PKD patients can get big benefits from ginger, it is very important to ask the doctor or pharmacist about whether you are the candidate to ginger before using it. Never take any herb without doctors’ permission.

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