Our kidneys make up an important system in our bodies. They are responsible for many vital functions, such as removing wastes from our blood, controlling blood pressure and keeping our bones strong, for example. Such an important organ system deserves our best care and effort so we can keep it functioning well for our entire lives. Unfortunately, however, over 31 million people — nearly 10 percent of the population of the United States — are estimated to suffer from kidney disease and the number is increasing. Risk factors include being over 60 years old and having diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. The current treatments for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and kidney failure consist of medications to control symptoms, dialysis, and in some cases, surgery or transplantation. While these procedures can save and prolong lives, they are invasive and can cause severe side effects.
There are other options. One of the most helpful, effective and perhaps most unknown in America today is acupuncture and Chinese medicine. This 5,000-year-old medical science from ancient China has a long historical record of treatment of many different organ system diseases and a vast array of problems in the body. Within this system of healthcare, acupuncture treatment can be very effective in improving circulation and blood flow into areas of the body where there may be blockages or restrictions caused by kidney disease.
Chinese medicine uses thousands of herbs that can be specially combined to strengthen and assist the kidneys. It can also promote and support our vital organs and functions in the body by increasing oxygen and nutrient content in the blood to support the body’s intrinsic self-regulation and healing mechanisms. When used in combination with correct nutrition and conventional care, these methods can often significantly improve the functioning of the kidneys. From a Chinese medicine perspective, many cases of kidney disease and failures are treatable.
The healing power of our bodies is amazing.