Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a long-term condition where the kidneys don’t work as well as they should.
It’s a common condition often associated with getting older. Anyone can get it although it’s more common in black people and people of south Asian origin.
CKD can get gradually worse over time and eventually the kidneys may stop working altogether, but this is uncommon. Many people with kidney disease are able to live long , largely normal lives.
Symptoms of CKD include :
– Blood in the urine
– Shortness of breath
– Swollen ankles, feet or hands.
– Abnormal heart rhythms
Please note that the above symptoms occur when kidney failure has reached a serious stage. In the early stages, kidney failure usually produces no symptoms.
– Injury to the kidney
– A sudden drop in blood flow to the kidneys due to trauma, infection or dehydration
– Injury due to certain medication or poisons.
– Kidney stones or tumour.
Related Acupuncture Points :
Shu, Taiyin, BL 13 and LU 5, SJ 5 and LI 4
Acupuncture Treatment For Renal Failure
Acupuncture treatment focuses on acupoints KD3 and ST36. KD3 is a point located below the knee, whilst ST36 is located at the medial point posterior to the ankle. Treatment aimed at these acupoints will reduce the activity of the sympathetic nervous system in the KD22. Decreasing the nerve activity is crucial to the treatment as it slows the progression of the renal disease.4
- Kidney failure – Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidney_failure
- Kidney Failure: Signs, Symptoms, Causes & Stages – MedicineNet, http://www.medicinenet.com/kidney_failure/article.htm
- Kidney Failure: Causes, Types & Symptoms – Healthline, http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/tc/acute-renal-failure-topic-overview#1
- Renal Disease and Chinese Medicine – Missouri Acupuncture Services, http://missouriacupuncture.com/docs/renaldisease.pdf