Yoga, an effective alternative therapy for kidney disorders
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports Non-Communicable Diseases
(NCDs) inclusive of heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, Chronic Kidney
Disease (CKD) and cancer to be the leading causes of mortality in the
world, representing over 60 percent of all deaths. Out of these
diseases, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is on the increase worldwide.
The incidence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) has doubled in the past
15 years. It is estimated that currently there are about two million
people affected by this disease and over one million people worldwide
who are alive on dialysis or with a functioning graft.
Diabetes and hypertension are among the leading causes of kidney
disease. Diabetes is an important cause of Chronic Kidney Failure (CKF)
and is five times more common in Asians when compared to white
population. Hypertension is an another important cause of kidney failure
and it too has seen a global increase in its incidence. Asians again are
twice more prone to develop this condition in comparison to the white
population. Almost 66 percent of Chronic Kidney Failure occur due to
diabetes or hypertension.
No real cure for CKD, but can treat it minimise its damage. However,
more than 5,000 years old ancient Siddha Medical System can help prevent
and treat kidney failure very effectively without incurring any
expenses. Herbs and Yoga are like two eyes of this ancient traditional
medical system. Certain herbal remedies have long been used in
preventing and treating kidney diseases and other problems associated
with urinary tract. Pineapple is high in the natural enzyme called
bromelain, which is reputed to kidney diseases. Bromelain may help to
reduce amyloid deposits in the kidneys. Amyloid is a type of protein
that produced throughout the body as one ages.
Watermelon may help cleanse toxins and waste from your urinary tract,
slowing the progression of damage to kidney tissues. This is rich in
vitamin A which helps enhance immune system function, preventing viruses
and bacteria from causing additional kidney damages. It also contains
vitamin C which acidifies your urine to remove calcium deposits. that
may cause additional damage.
Legumes such as lentil, pea, bean and black bean that contain an
amino acid called Arginine, which may inhibit the production of lysine a
substance that can damage the kidneys. Arginine also may help slow the
progression of the kidney diseases and prevent additional damage.
Watermelon contains a large amount of water which helps flush out
kidneys. Coriander leaves may help cleanse toxins, salt and unwanted
accumulated in kidneys and expel same through urination.
A raw food diet can help increase support kidneys health by placing
less strain on the digestive system, Other good raw foods for kidney
health include leafy greens, cucumber, garlic and papaw. Instead of meat
eat legumes and nuts. It is important to eat low protein vegetables and
fruits. Eat broccoli, mushroom, apple, walnut, red grapes, cucumber,
carrot and chocolate. These herbs help not only prevent development of
kidney diseases, but also cure them very effectively removing their root
The ancient system of Yoga practice has helped mankind to keep
himself radiant with a natural beauty and health.
The various postures (asanas) with their easy movements are essential
for the highest level of physical, mental and spiritual health. During
the past decade millions of people all over the world have come to
recognize the benefits of Yoga. It is fast becoming popular as a
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in western countries.
Unlike many other activities and exercises, Yoga is suitable for almost
anybody at any age and in any condition. From sedentary elderly to the
elite professional sports person Yoga can help to improve so many
aspects of the personís life. You will see many positive changes in your
life from doing Yoga on regular basis. Even relaxation techniques
relieve stress, eliminate anxiety and other mind related problems. Yoga
prevents almost all causes that cause kidney disease including
It helps eliminate addiction to smoking, alcohol and other bad habits
such as excessive sex, over consumption of unhealthy diet etc., reduces
obesity, controls high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and
Yoga allows our body to restore and revitalise, and many types of
Yoga postures improve the health of the kidneys. If one does Yoga
regularly his risk of developing kidney problems will be lower than
those who do not do it. Yoga Therapy has been found to be very
successful in curing kidney diseases. Practitioners of Yoga are never
affected by kidney disorders and kidneys get stronger day by day.
Sun salutation is good for heart, lungs, kidneys and diabetes
patients. It should be practised two times a day early in the morning
and evening facing the sun. Cow face pose (Gomukhasana) strengthens
kidneys and good for diabetes. Crocodile pose (Makkarasana) increases
blood circulation to kidneys and helps better functioning of the
Bow pose (Dhanurasana) strengthens kidneys and prevents urine
problems. Camel pose (Ushtrasana) improves blood circulation and
provides relief to kidney disorders. Fish pose (Matsyasana) keeps
kidneys healthy. Ardha matsyendrasana is also very good for kidneys.
It rejuvenates the ailing kidneys and provides proper nutrition and
blood to kidneys. Cobra pose (Bhujangasana) massages the kidney. These
Yoga postures simply put pressure on the kidneys and massage them.
Breathing exercises (Pranayama) aim at fortifying, sustaining and
nurturing vital force (Prana) of the body. It is connected more with our
mental faculties than physical. It corrects various, if not all physical
disorders including kidney diseases. It purifies blood, retards ageing,
provides peace of mind and improves your life span. Kapalapathy
pranayama if practiced regularly reduces fat, controls diabetes, reduces
gas, relieves constipation, and reduces acidity.
It keeps the kidney healthy. It also dissolves kidney stones and
stones in gall bladder. Anyone with kidney disease should practise
kapalabhathy for 15 minutes. Nadi Shodana Pranayama cleanses all organs
in the body. All problems related to urine, acidity etc. are cured
keeping the kidneys healthy and making the whole body healthy.
Abdominal lock (Uddiyana Bandha) takes care of all organs inside the
abdomen and makes the kidneys healthy. Patients of chronic kidney
failure must practise Nauli Bandha twice a day for 10 minutes.
Meditation helps kidney patients battle the disease with peace and
spiritual strength. The divine energy flows freely during meditation
soothes the mind, sense organs and nerves. Thus, the whole body gets
The mind becomes still and the body relaxed and peaceful. All the
chemical processes and organs of body start working flawlessly. The feel
good substance called endorphins and alpha waves formed during
meditation enhance the healing process.
Even patients who have reached the end stage renal disease (ESRD) and
on dialysis can do Yoga while taking the prescription drugs under the
supervision of a well qualified and experienced Yoga Therapist.
The human body is composed of two parts viz, the visible physical
body and the invisible energy body (also called the Bioplasmic Energy
Body). The visible physical body is that which we touch, see and hear.
Bioplasmic Energy body is an invisible luminous energy body that
interpenetrates the visible physical body and extends beyond it by four
to five inches.
Whenever a person is infected by some ailments, his ailing organ/part
indicates lack or inadequate energy flow (Prana).
When life energy is replenished, a state of health returns.
As long as the energy permeates to each organ and sinew of body,
there is hardly any chance of facing any health hazards. Yoga Breathing
exercise (Pranayama) helps replenish life energy. It also affects the
entire body system and tones blood circulation, glandular system,
nervous system, pranic energy channel network, the store of pranic
energy in the body and subtle body.
Therefore, one could infer that Yoga is an effective alternative
therapy for kidney failure. It is regretted that when the western
population is enjoying the maximum health benefits of our Yoga no due
recognition is given to it in Sri Lanka.
This is mainly due to lack of sufficient knowledge with regard to the
marvelous therapeutic effects of Yoga among Sri Lankans. They are
unaware of the fact that conventional medicines only remove the symptoms
of diseases instantly besides causing various nasty side effects. Yoga
cures the diseases removing the root causes of same without any side
effects and expenses.
The authorities concerned should favourably consider introduction of
yoga therapy in our hospitals along with conventional treatment for a
fast recovery as done in India and some other western countries.
This will pave the way to curtail the expenses involved in
procurement of expensive drugs to a great extent. The Health Ministry
has allocated a colossal 400 million rupees to treat kidney patients.