Our body is an amazing machine, there are so many things working quietly to keep us health! Our Kidneys are one of them. Kidneys perform the important function of flushing out excess chemicals, salt and water which the body does not require. It also helps adjust body fluids, helps with excretion of waste products and releases several hormones. There are several causes of kidney disease and some symptoms include low back pain, discolored urine, painful and frequent urination, swelling of eyes, wrists and ankles or high blood pressure. Anyone with high blood pressure, anyone with a family history of kidney disease or is diabetic could run the risk of contracting kidney disease.
Apart from kidney infections and other disorders there is another very common problem associated with kidneys – kidney stones. Kidney stones are small and hard and get deposited in the kidneys. There are several types of kidney stones – calcium, struvite, uric acid, cystine and others. When our urine contains excess uric acid, oxalate or calcium, we run the risk of contracting kidney stones. Painful and frequent urination, discolored and foul-smelling urine, severe pain around the ribs, sides, back, groin and lower abdomen are some symptoms of kidney stones. Kidney stone pain is unbearable, I know this because one of my close relatives has this issue. At last he had to get the stone out with an operation.
Aloe Vera for Kidney
Kidney disease is often unnoticeable until a person loses 75% of its function. In many countries like the US, kidney disease is a top cause for fatalities. You will be surprised to know than one in every 10 American has a chronic kidney disease. Another serious issue is when kidney disease occurs to a diabetic patient. How can aloe vera help? Let’s find out.
Aloe vera is a perennial plant that grows well in tropical and subtropical regions. The gel and latex are the useful parts of the aloe vera plant. The gel is a clear liquid that is got from the center of the leaves and the latex is got from below the surface of the skin. Aloe gel is used for various skin infections, minor burns and cuts for it promotes wound healing. It is made up of 99% water and 1% glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Aloe vera also contains vitamin A, C, B12, and E, zinc, calcium, magnesium, essential fatty acids, amino acids, lipids and sterols.
Aloe vera juice is said to be an excellent body cleanser that can get rid of toxins from the liver, stomach, kidneys, bladder, spleen and colon. It is said to provide relief for those with kidney infections, constipation, arthritis, hemorrhoids, leg cramps and bladder infections. In a 1997 study conducted at the University of San Antonio, rats were examined for any side effects of consuming aloe vera juice. Instead of any negative effects the rats seemed to show a reduction in kidney and heart disease and leukemia. Aloe drinking rats were observed to live at least 25% longer than the control group.
In one study on rats with type 2 diabetes, it was observed that they suffered from damage to the kidney tissue. This degeneration was less in rats given extracts of aloe vera gel and glibenclamide. Levels of kidney lipid peroxidation were higher in rats given glibenclamide than those given aloe vera extracts. It was concluded that aloe vera extracts provided protection to kidney tissue that suffered mild damage due to type-2 diabetes.
Nutritive substances found in aloe vera like aloetin which has anti-inflammatory properties which can kill viruses, fungi, bacteria etc. The polysaccharides found in aloe vera can help improve resistance to kidney diseases like nephritis, inflammatory conditions like bronchitis and others.
Herbs are often used in the treatment of kidney stones. They can prevent formation of kidney stones, break down the stones, relieve irritation of urinary tract walls and help with the flow of urine. Aloe vera juice, rumex, madder and hydrangea are some of the herbs that can be used to treat kidney stones.
Two trials conducted on fresh aloe vera gel demonstrated that consuming it could help increase oxalate urinary secretions and calcium levels. This could help in treating kidney stones. Further research is required. Apart from regular measures to treat kidney stones like consuming at least 8-10 glasses a day, you can drink good quality aloe vera gel along with some Cranberry juice daily. Being an anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and anti-bacterial agent, aloe vera can prevent infections and inflammation caused by kidney stones. Cranberry juice is said to help dissolve kidney stones which contain calcium oxalate. Other treatment options for kidney stones include eating fiber rich foods, vitamin C and B6 supplements and thyme.
Aloe vera contains aloemannan which is a complex sugar that stimulates creating of healthy kidney cells and reduces the amount of crystal deposits in the kidneys – these cause kidney stones.
For kidney stones, ¼ cup aloe vera juice once a day for 2 weeks.
High doses of aloe latex are considered unsafe and could result in serious kidney problems. Always consult a doctor before attempting to use aloe vera juice for any kidney disease or kidney stones.