Question: Hello. I have a good friend that has FSGS and is in stage 4 kidney failure. What herbs can she try to help reduce the protein in her urine?
Answer: Proteinuria is a common symptom of FSGS. It results from glomerular damage. Therefore, to reduce urine protein, you should repair glomerular damage and improve kidney function. In such a case, herbs are helpful. But what kinds of herbs are helpful for you, we could not give you an exact answer unless we see this patient. Because the four traditional methods of diagnosis in Chinese medicine include observation, listening, interrogation and pulse-taking. Without seeing the patient, it is difficult for us to have an accurate diagnosis. Here we can only give you a general introduction to those herbs.
Herbs can not only be taken orally, but also be used externally. Compared with orally-taking medicine, externally-used medicine can go into the nidus quickly so as to take effect. The commonly used external therapies include Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Medicated Foot Bath, Medicated Full Bath, Steam Therapy, Enema Therapy, Acupuncture, Moxibustion, etc. They can draw toxins out of the renal cells and expel waste products out of the blood to make a clean body environment for the damaged kidneys to heal themselves. They can also expand blood vessels and remove stasis to increase blood flow into damaged kidneys to provide them with enough oxygen, nutrients and active ingredients of medicine to speed up kidney recovery. After about 10-14 days’ treatment, your proteinuria will decrease. After about one month’s treatment, your state of illness will be stabilized gradually. To thoroughly eliminate protein from urine, you may have to take time to repair kidneys completely.
Stage 4 FSGS is a turning point. If you could not halt its progression timely, you may have to start dialysis to maintain life. For more information on FSGS treatment, please contact online doctor or leave a message below. We are glad to help you analyze your case and then give you some suggestions on treatment.