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Four Functions of Chinese Medicine on Nephrotic Syndrome

Four Functions of Chinese Medicine on Nephrotic SyndromeThe treatment of Nephrotic Syndrome is dominated by immunosuppressants, including steroids, but those medications have a lot of side effects, which can reduce immunity and make patients prone to infection, so they need to be treated with traditional Chinese medicine. Because different patients have different conditions, we can not prescribe medicine. Here we only talk about the four functions of Chinese medicine on Nephrotic Syndrome.

1. To lower proteinuria

There are many causes of urinary protein, some are damage to the mechanical barrier of glomerular capillary loop, some are damage to the charge barrier. Traditional Chinese medicine can stop the barrier from being damaged and promote the repair of vascular wall so as to achieve the purpose of lowering proteinuria.

Astragalus, angelica sinensis, dandelion, fructus forsythia and other traditional Chinese medicines can improve the body's ability to remove antigens, reduce and repair the damage of the basement membrane, improve renal blood flow, and gradually repair the glomeruli.

Both traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine can reduce urinary protein, and the following three effects are unique to traditional Chinese medicine.

2. To improve renal function

Nephrotic syndrome has a high risk of renal failure due to high urinary protein. Kidney function decline is mainly due to poor blood supply to the kidney, glomerular and renal tubulointerstitial sclerosis and fibrosis, resulting in kidney loss of function.

Traditional Chinese medicines for promoting blood circulation, such as safflower and chuanxiong, can relax the smooth muscle of kidney blood vessels, relieve vasospasm and improve the blood flow of kidney. Honeysuckle can inhibit immune complex and renal fibrosis. Atractylodes and Chinese yam can strengthen the resistance and repair the renal epithelial tissue.

3. To reduce the side effects of western medicine

Western medicine such as steroids and immunosuppressants can help relieve renal inflammation and reduce proteinuria, but they can decrease your immunity, increase your risk of infections, damage your stomach and bones, etc.

Traditional Chinese medicine of invigorating spleen and kidney and warming kidney and Yang can eliminate the toxic and side effects of hormone and immunosuppressant, regulate immune function and reduce the side effects of western medicine.

4. To improve the sensitivity to steroids

Only about 40% Nephrotic Syndrome patients are sensitive to steroids. Even though immunosuppressants are used together, many patients can not get a good effect.

At this time, we need TCM syndrome differentiation and disease differentiation together to deal with it. After the reasonable use of traditional Chinese medicine treatment, many steroid-resistant Nephrotic Syndrome patients become steroid-sensitive, and the condition has been partially relieved or completely relieved.

Note: Only a small number of Nephrotic Syndrome patients can be treated with traditional Chinese medicine without western medicine, and the treatment of most patients requires the combination of traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine. For specific treatment suggestions, please consult a physician.

Hope the above information is helpful for you. If you have any other questions on kidney disease or want to get more personalized and professional treatment suggestions, please leave a message below.

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