Nephritis Guide


1 Nutrition

o   Intake of salt should be restricted to 1-2 grams per day, as excessive of salt will increase the severity of edema.

o   Diet with restricted protein is recommended to reduce proteinuria and lower the stress on the kidneys. A high protein diet is discouraged since it accelerates the deterioration of kidney disease by increasing the intraglomerular pressure and urinary protein excretion.

o   Vitamin D supplementation is encouraged in patients with clinical or biochemical evidence of vitamin D deficiency.

o   Lotus nodes are recommended to be included in the diet.

o   Avoid smoking and drinking. Do not eat sour and spicy foods. Avoid caffeine or overwork.

2 Recommendations of Food

o   Acute nephritis: black beans, mung beans, azuki beans, pearl barley, garlic, carp, winter melon, watermelon, watermelon rind, corn-silk, sweet rice, lotus root, and water chest nuts.

o   Chronic nephritis: ginger, Chinese black dates, sweet rice, soybeans, winter melon, carp, yams, mung beans, and black beans.

3 Lifestyle
o  Adequate rest is essential to recovery. Strenuous exercise increases the stress of the kidneys and accelerates their deterioration.

o  To minimize stress on the kidneys, encourage elimination of toxins through lung, skin and bowel. Practice breathing exercises, ensure regular bowel movements, and take hot baths regularly

4 Herbal Remedies

o   Zuo Gui Wan, Dou Zhong, Bai Mao Gen, Jin Ying Zi, Jin Yin Hua, Lian Qiao.

5 Acupuncture

o   SP6,9,10, Ren 3, 4, LI4, ST36

o   Ht7,4, LU5,10, Kid6, 9, 10

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