Category Archives: Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure

I am 65 year old man and have kidney cells damaged for 14 years after going through low protein and low potassium diets. My creatinine and eGFR are OK. I have right knee cap arthritis. My question is can I take Instaflex capsule once a day.

I am not familiar with the Instaflex capsule.  I looked at it online and it mostly contains herbal supplements.  I would not foresee any kidney problems for this supplement, but I am unaware of any research done on patients with … Continue reading

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Hello Dr., I have CKD, my egfr is about 51-59 and my creatinine is about 1.11. I want to take magnesium, as when I do, it makes me feel good. What type and dosage should I take? Should I take it in combination with calcium and D3?

I am unable to recommend medication without performing a complete history and physical examination. I suggest that you consult with your primary care physician about taking magnesium supplements.  Magnesium can be tolerated by most people but you should always check … Continue reading

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Hello Dr, My mother is suffering from kidney Disease with Diabetes, Heart problem, PD etc for many years. My mother’s creatinine is now 3.4. Please, give me a prescription to reduce creatinine at any cost. Can I use herbs like Chamomile Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Dandelion Root etc to reduce creatinine? As It is increasing day by day. I want to avoid dialysis. I want my Mother for more few days. She is the only nearest person for me. Please Help Me. May god help You. Please, give me a response.

There are no herb, teas or supplements that can be used to improve kidney function and lower the serum creatinine.  Your mother should consult with a nephrologist and follow his or her advice about treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD). … Continue reading

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I have taken astragalus for my immune system and in lieu of flu shots for almost 20 years. Today I find it on the list of supplements to avoid if one has kidney disease. My creatinine level has been 150 to 170 for several years. I have been told there was no danger in taking the Astragalus. What are your thoughts?

I have no experience with Astralgus as a food supplement in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  In most cases, supplements and herbal agents are on lists of substances to avoid because they have not been tested in patients with … Continue reading

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I have stage 3 kidney disease, can I safely take fish oil for inflammation?

Fish oils are generally safe for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  As with all supplements, you should check with your physician to make sure that these supplements do not interfere with other drugs that you are taking. For more … Continue reading

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Is it safe to use Essential Oils (Doterra) if you have chronic kidney disease? Are there specific essential oils that those with kidney disease should not use?

I have no information about the use of essential oils in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  I am unaware of any benefits to the use of essential oils.  I suggest that you ask your physician about your present illness … Continue reading

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Hi, I am a Stage 4 kidney disease patient. My creatinine level is 219, my gfr is 22. My last blood tests showed by Hb level is 109, but they would rather hold back on treatment until it falls to 100. I am starting to feel fatigue and weakness. Would it be possible for me to take wheat grass juice? My potassium level is always in range.

I have no experience with wheat grass juice.  I am not aware of any study that has evaluated the use of wheat grass in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  I suggest that you discuss this with your physician.  If … Continue reading

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Is it safe to take a Saffron supplement while I am on hemodialysis?

I am not aware of any studies that have examined the use of Saffron in a dialysis patient.  There is risk in any herbal supplement that you take that may interfere with other medications you are taking.  I advise against … Continue reading

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I am an insulin-dependent diabetic and have recently been diagnosed with stage 3. I used herbals for years. The specialist recommended stopping the herbals. I am on prescribed diuretics. I have been searching for multi vitamin – minerals without the herbals that those with kidney disease are supposed to avoid, but not successful. Do you have any suggestions? Also, I had been using berberine for blood sugar and this works for me. Is this another herbal I should discontinue?

I cannot give medical advice without performing a complete history and physical examination.  Use of herbal supplements have not been tested in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  Your nephrologist likely does not know what effects those herbal medications may … Continue reading

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I have stage 3b kidney disease. I would like to take a vitamin C supplement. What is a safe daily supplemental dose.

Vitamin C should be safe for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) as long as you do not take high doses.  I usually recommend that patients take no more the 500 milligrams of Vitamin C per day.    

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