If one walks through the Nephrology department of AIIMS, New Delhi or Safdurjung Hospital, New Delhi, one can see helplessness in patient’s eyes and dying hope in their kin as they are into a routine of Dialysis process which makes their finances and fortunes bleed. For them Dialysis is the new normal as it is not at all the end of their misery but just a waiting compartment for what is destined to come.
Our understanding of Kidney disease, causes and extent of its burden has increased but no concrete solution of the problem is available in the modern system of medicine as deaths from Renal failure now beats the deaths from HIV/AIDS. These are the results of a study published in The Lancet. Renal failure deaths in 2003 were 86000 and in 2015 it was 136000. These statistics show how the overburdened health care system is chained by Kidney Diseases. Most unfortunately the patients who progress to the end stage face a dead end either due to depleted finance reservoirs or due to unavailability of Dialysis as Government of India does not have National programmes to support haemodialysis.
STUNNING THE KIDNEYS
The kidneys are our bodies’ unsung heroes and are vital in helping us maintain our health and vitality. Kidneys filter about 180L of blood per day and work 24/7 keeping all other body systems in balance.
While diabetes, hypertension, obesity and vascular diseases are individual conditions that lead to kidney disease, they often occur together. Apart from this the continuous use of drugs like pain killers (NSAIDs), antacids (PPIs), anti-hypertensives (ACE inhibitors), which are used in conditions like arthritis, gastric disturbances, cardiovascular ailments et cetera in their long run can damage the kidneys. This does not occur suddenly but builds up over a period of time. It starts with elevation of KFT parameters in blood which are alarming bells for the havoc to come, KFT parameters often gets unnoticed and one day kidneys reach a point from where return is difficult.
AYURVEDA SHOWS THE WAY
Shashi Tharoor in his book The Elephant, The Tiger, and the Cellphone mentions an article quoting Dr. David Frawley “Ayurveda continues to grow rapidly as one of the most important systems of mind-body medicine, natural healing and traditional medicine”. He further writes that how a cover story waxed eloquent about west’s discovery of this five-thousand year old Indian discipline Ayurveda.
Dr R.H.Singh and Padamshree awardee Professor Dr. K. N. Udupa in their book Advances in Ayurvedic medicine: Diseases of the kidney and urinary tract write that this ancient and traditional system has conceived the existence of an urinary system with description of the anatomy and possible physiology of kidney (vrikka).
Ayurvedic texts vividly describe a wide range of disease entities and pathological states such as Mutraghata(obstructive uropathy), Mutrakricchara (oligouria), Ashmari(kidney stones), Prameha(excessive urination) and many other covering almost all clinical entities known in today’s medicine. They further write about the study on Punernava (Boerhaavia diffusa Linn.) due to its use in the treatment of diseases of urinary system and the possibility of the presence of regenerative property of Punernava as its name suggests and due to the excellent regenerative capacity possessed by the kidneys. Punernava has diuretic, anti-inflammatory,anti-oxidant and possible antibacterial and cardiotonic effect. By virtue of such properties this drug initiates early recovery of the kidneys from different diseases and facilitates regenerative repair.
This was confirmed recently by an scientific study published in The Indo American Journal of Pharmaceutical research which gauged the efficacy of Punernava and other established kidney protective herbs in a Ayurvedic formulation named NEERI KFT which showed promising results in experimental subjects as it significantly prevented and reduced the increased levels of kidney function parameters such as serum creatinine,uric acid and electrolytes and it also helped to maintain histological parameter of kidneys.
Professor Dr. K.N. Dwivedi H.O.D.,BHU, Dravayagunavigyan vibhag appreciated the Neeri KFT formulation and benefits. He said “Seeing the surge in kidney disease patients there is a need of a protective agent and Neeri KFT looks promising to fulfil all the needs of a kidney patient’’ .
Mr. K.K. Sharma, Chairman, Aimil Pharmaceuticals India Limited mentioned that they were facing huge demand to bring a kidney protective formula from the doctors all over the country due to high rise in kidney diseases and it took more than a decade of Research and Development team of Aimil Pharmaceuticals India Limited to formulate a unique combination of herbs to benefit the kidney disease sufferers and ultimately came out with an outstanding formulation.