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Why Could Chinese Medicine Treatment Treat Proteinuria from Chronic Nephritis Without Relapse?

In Nephrology Dept. of HBHHTCM, proteinuria due to chronic nephritis, get treated by systemic treatment method of integrated traditional Chinese and western medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine can improve the therapeutic effect, reduce the side effects of western medicine, and reduce the recurrence rate.

Kidney disease is very easy to recur. Many patients get bothered by multiple relapses. For example, nephrotic syndrome often relapses after a cold; minimum change disease often relapse as soon as the medicine dosage reduced; 60% of patients with nephrotic syndrome are patients who are steroids resistance and relapse; even the well-known “low relapse rate membranous nephropathy, after being treated with cyclophosphamide treatment, still have 32% of patients to relapse.

In short, the disease, medication, diet, lifestyle and other factors may cause recurrence of kidney disease.

So, how could the relapse of kidney disease get reduced?

Standard medication

Steriods and immunosuppressants are the main medicines to treat massive proteinuria, such as prednisone, methylprednisolone, cyclophosphamide, cyclosporine, tacrolimus, Mycophenolate Mofetil, leflunomide and so on.

Prednisone and cyclophosphamide are the most commonly used and often used as the first choice, but each medicine has its own applicant, and some patients are suitable for other immunosuppressants. Many patients do not choose the most suitable steroids and immunosuppressant to use, which is a cause of frequent relapses.

If conventional steroids and immunosuppressants cannot achieve long-term effects, it is recommended to use monoclonal antibodies, the effect is more durable. Some patients feel that their condition has stabilized, and they reduce or even stop the medications without authorization, which often causes relapse. Therefore, to avoid recurrence of proteinuria in patients with chronic kidney disease, integrated Chinese and western medicine is required. Patients with frequent relapse need the joint guidance of Chinese and Western physicians.

Take care of diet with low salt

The first taboo of nephropathy diet is high salt, which ranks first on the principle of five lows and one high. The importance cannot be ignored. Salt contains sodium. Exceeding sodium levels can cause proteinuria increase and high blood pressure, and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is a high-ranking “killer” that harms the kidneys and the whole  body.

For most residents in China, the daily salt intake exceeds 10g, and many people exceed the standard by twice or more. Previously, it was thought that the main cause of disease caused by diet was too much sugar and fat, and this study involving more people revealed the truth about the dangers of high salt.

Prevent infection

Influenza has recently been rampant, and outpatient and emergency departments at various hospitals are overcrowded. Many patients with kidney disease have relapsed due to a cold, so they should improve their disease resistance

For example, it is very necessary for them to take a flu shot once a year to prevent influenza. Besides, patients can take immune enhancers (immunomodulators) levamisole, transfer factor, immune ribonucleic acid, immunoglobulin and so on. Also, the traditional Chinese medicine method of taking orally and externally improves oxidative stress, enhances the body’s antioxidant capacity, and improves immune disorders.

In addition, patients should pay attention to living habits: wear a mask to go out when epidemic outbreaks; do not get close to pigeons, cats, dogs and other pets; open windows and ventilate frequently to reduce indoor bacteria concentration, etc.

For the treatment to proteinuria from chronic nephritis,  combined chinese medicine and western medicine, will solve the symptoms on one hand, on the other hand repair damaged kidneys, so as to fundamentally prevent the protein leakage, together with diet plan to reduce the burden on the kidney and repair kidney function. When renal function is restored,  proteinuria and chronic nephritis can achieve a good recovery without relapse.

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