Category Archives: Herbal Supplements in Kidney Disease/Failure

OK, first I am on dialysis and have been for the last 10 years. My question is how does smoking weed cause infection and what if you are eating the edibles or the CBD oil? All 3 help with pain, nausea and every thing else I am dealing with. But to get back on the transplant list in my area, I have to quit smoking weed.

The decision to require you to stop smoking marijuana is a decision made by your local transplant center. There is no nationwide transplant guidelines that prohibit giving a kidney transplant to someone who smokes marijuana. Some transplant centers do not … Continue reading

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I had a kidney transplant 6 yrs ago. I am 74 and would like to drink Nettle Leaf Tea. Do you believe it can have an adverse effect? My creatinine level is 1.5.

I have no experience with Nettle Leaf Tea. Many herbal products can change the way in which your transplant medications work, so I would be very reluctant to recommend any herbal teas in my transplant patients.

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Hello Doc, Good day! I was diagnosed that I had a kidney stone and galbladder stone and was undergone a major surgery last 2011. When they run some test, they found out that I have high serum calcium. I’ve been taking medicine for 6 years now as a maintenance. I would like to ask doctor, is it okay if I am going to take glutathione even if I am taking some medicine? Does glutathione affect my urine and serum calcium or my kidney? I asked my urologist but he said it is better not to take glutathione to avoid the risk. My maintenance are Ural that contains sodium bicarbonate- 1760mg Sodium citrate-630mg Citric acid-720mg Tartaric acid-890mg Prescription 3x a day before meal Hydrochlorothiazide 25mg Prescription 3 tablets a week (MWF).

I am unaware of any studies that have tested the use of glutathione with other medication or in patients with kidney stone disease.  No such studies have been done to my knowledge.  While glutathione is generally recognized as safe in … Continue reading

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Is a magnesium supplement harmful to my 20 year-old transplanted kidney? I take Omeprazole daily which depletes magnesium. I get bad cramps and twitching/burning in my toes and sleep badly.

If your kidney transplant is working normally, a magnesium supplement should not be harmful.  It is true that proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) such as Omeprazole can result in the kidney wasting magnesium and supplementation may be needed.  I would suggest … Continue reading

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My friend has chronic kidney disease.  Can he take fish oil, hibiscus tea, and garlic capsules to lower his blood pressure and cholesterol?

I am not aware that fish oil, hibiscus tea, and garlic have any consistent effects on high blood pressure or cholesterol.  I do not think they are harmful in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  I am not aware of … Continue reading

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I was born with one kidney. I am now 53 and my eGFR is typically between 53 and 60. I would like to start a new supplement, but I do not know if it is safe. It is called Daily Essential Nutrients by Hardy Nutritionals. Can you tell me if this is OK for me to take daily? They recommend 4 tablets at morning, at noon, and at night.

As far as I can determine, this vitamin supplement has not been tested in patients with decreased kidney function.  I have no way of telling what the possible side effects of this supplement may be in your particular situation. I … Continue reading

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Hi, do you have any website about having natural diet with kidney disease, especially juice treatment or herbal?? Thanks in advance.

I am not aware of any juice diet or herbal supplements that will benefit anyone with chronic kidney disease (CKD). In the early stages of CKD, Stages 1, 2, and 3, I am a strong advocate for the DASH diet. … Continue reading

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Hello doc. Have a good day ahead. I just want to ask how can I cure my kidney failure? I got urine blood last August and late at night when I woke up to urinate until now I feel that pain on my right side. I have UTI before and spotted blood. I feel weak, can’t move and painful when I urinate. Please, need some advice what herbal medicine I will take? What to do? Food, diet? What to eat and what not to eat?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. I recommend that you see your physician for a complete history and physical examination. I believe that you need further testing in order to establish … Continue reading

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Hi Dr. I just wanna ask if it is okay to take vitamins that boost immune system like Immunpro if you are a kidney transplant patient?

It is not a good idea to try and boost the immune system if you are taking immune suppressing drugs to keep your kidney transplant functioning. Most of these herbal supplements and vitamin preparations have not been tested with drugs … Continue reading

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My question is regarding my boyfriend, who is a type 1 diabetic and has kidney disease. In May of this year, his GFR was 80 and now today his GFR is at 18. His kidney doctor is speaking of dialysis and saying he needs to find a treatment center before his appointment in a month. He is supposed to limit potassium and phosphorus in his diet, and drink a quart and a half of fluid per day. My question is, he seems to be doing worse everyday and his face is a little swollen more and more each day. Are there any remedies that can help his kidneys function a little better such as natural remedies that he may take or drink? What do I do to help him make it until next month?

If dialysis is indicated, there are no herbal or dietary supplements that will help someone with advanced kidney disease. If he is having increasing symptoms, I suggest that your boyfriend contact his nephrologist for advice.

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