Four Advantages of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Nephrotic Syndrome
Immunosuppressive drugs (including steroids) are the main treatment for Nephrotic Syndrome. However, such drugs have great side effects, and also reduce immunity, so it is necessary to cooperate with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Here we list four advantages of TCM in the treatment of Nephrotic Syndrome.
1. To reduce urinary protein
There are many causes of urinary protein, some of which are damaged by the mechanical barrier of glomerular capillary loops, some of which are damaged by the charge barrier. Traditional Chinese Medicine achieves the goal of reducing proteinuria by stopping the barrier damage and promoting the repair of vascular wall.
Astragalus membranaceus, Angelica sinensis, Forsythia suspensa and other traditional Chinese medicines can improve the body's antigen clearance, reduce and repair the damage of basement membrane, improve renal blood flow, and gradually repair the glomeruli.
Chinese medicine and Western medicine can reduce urinary protein, and the following three effects are unique to Chinese medicine.
2. To improve renal function
Due to massive urinary protein, Nephrotic Syndrome patients have a higher risk of Kidney Failure. The decrease of renal function is mainly due to poor renal blood supply, glomerular and tubulointerstitial sclerosis and fibrosis, leading to the loss of renal function.
Chinese herbs such as safflower carthamus and Ligusticum wallichii can relax renal vascular smooth muscle, relieve vasospasm and improve renal blood flow; honeysuckle can inhibit immune complexes and renal fibrosis; Atractylodes macrocephala and yam can enhance resistance and repair pathological renal epithelial tissue.
3. To reduce side effects of western medicine
Steroids and other immunosuppressants can help relieve renal inflammation and reduce proteinuria. But it can reduce immunity, increase risk of infection, damage the stomach and intestine, and suppress bone sorrow and fertility.
There is Chinese medicine to help you eliminate the toxic and side effects of steroids and immunosuppressants, regulate immune function and reduce the side effects of western medicine.
4. To promote the sensitivity of steroids
Only about 40% of patients with Nephrotic Syndrome are sensitive to steroids. Even with immunosuppressive agents, there are still many patients whose treatment is ineffective.
At this time, we need the principle of combination of TCM syndrome differentiation and disease differentiation to deal with. After rational use of traditional Chinese medicine, many steroid-resistant nephropathy patients turn to steroid-sensitive, and their condition is partly or completely alleviated.
Now you know the four advantages of TCM in the treatment of Nephrotic Syndrome. For more information on Nephrotic Syndrome treatment, please leave a message below or contact online doctor.
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