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Herbal Treatment for Renal Diseases

researchRenal fibrosis is a common consequence of chronic kidney disease(CKD).Standard treatment to prevent progression of CKD in western medicine includes dietary protein restriction, blood pressure control.Some herbal medicines including Astragalus, Ligusticum, Triptolide and Rhubarb have a beneficial role in slowing the progression of CKD.This effect is multi-functional and multi-targeted,and is often associated with a reduction in proteinuria and the improvement of dyslipidaemia. These mechanisms include anti-inflammation and inhibition of TGF-b overproduction. On the other hand, some Chinese herbal medicines may be dangerous to to patients with CKD.

Pharmacological treatment in Non-diabetic CKD

A.Astragalus membranaceus

Astragalus membranaceus has been used for the treatment of night sweats,deficiency of qi and diarrhoea. The effects of Astragalus on the reduction of proteinuria and hyperlipidaemia as well as on immune modulation and renoprotection have been studied in patients and experimental animals.

B. Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F(TwHF)

While TwHF has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent in TCM for centuries,it has not been used in treating glomerulonephritis until glomerulonephritis.It has the curative functions including reducing proteinuria and renal allograft rejection.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb(Rheum officinale) has been used as a laxative for many yeas in TCM. Rhubarb, many ingredients with different pharmacologic actions have been isolated from its root, among which anthraquinone is the most important. Rhubarb has the following curative effects in treating kidney disease.

-Slowing the progression of chronic renal disorder

-Molecular and cellular mechanisms

The medicine ingredients not only can antagonises the effect of TGF-β1 in mesangial cells, but also inhibits the hypertrophy of renal tubular epithelial cells and the accumulation of extracellular matrix.

Herb-related nephrotoxicity

However,herb-related nephrotoxicity should be taken into consideration. As Chinese herbal medicine become increasingly widely practiced worldwide, reports of adverse effects occasionally appear in the literature and questions are being asked about safety. Therefore, the renal patients should never use Chinese herbs without consulting with a Chinese medicine practitioner.

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