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| Protein in the Urine |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: May 12, 2001
How can I reduce the protein that is detected in my urine and what can I use to properly keep my kidney’s operating the correct way?
Excess protein in the urine, called proteinuria or albuminuria, is caused by kidney damage that allows proteins to pass from the blood into the urine.
In kidney disease, it is critical that you continue to consult with your medical practitioner to monitor your condition. I recommend that you find a natural health practitioner who is experienced in treating kidney disease and can recommend herbs and diet specifically for you and your symptoms.
Dietary recommendations: Salt-free diet; consume fish instead of meat; eliminate eggs, dairy products and alcohol
Gravel root (Eupatorium purpureum) is soothing and astringent. It helps keep the kidney free of stones and gravel. Matthew Wood, in "The Book of Herbal Wisdom, (Publisher North Atlantic Books) says Gravel Root "promotes and strengthens kidney excretive power in small doses, but exhausts the kidney in large ones. Green quotes the experiences of John M. Scudder, M.D. with this medicine: "In one case of marked albuminuria, when other agents had failed to produce any relief, the continued use of this remedy for two weeks entirely relieved the patient". Wood quotes another case from the practice of Dr. P.H. Hale, where the body was swollen, extremities cold, the urine scanty and slightly albuminous, shortness of breath from water on the lungs, pulse feeble, with slight tendency to mental dullness. "Altogether the man was in very critical condition". Gravel root, 8 to 10 drops of the tincture, every three hours, cured in three days.