Nephritis is an inflammatory condition that affects the kidneys. It is often caused by infection, autoimmune disease, metabolic disease or low blood pressure. Symptoms of nephritis include pelvic pain, frequent urinary urge, blood or pus in urine, and swelling in the hands, face or feet.
Corticosteroids, which are commonly used to treat nephritis, can cause unwanted side effects.
The 5 treatments outlined below can help you treat nephritis naturally at home:
- Organic Vegetable Juicing
Organic vegetable juicing can help detoxify your system, treat and prevent recurrent infection, and provide a healing dose of inflammation-fighting nutrition. Juice organic carrots and a few sprigs of organic parsley and drink each day on an empty stomach. This may help discourage the development of kidney stones while increasing your urinary output.
Organic vegetable juicing can be done in addition to consuming solid foods or as part of a 24 or 48-hour fast. Juice fasting for a few days can be very beneficial to the body as it allows your system to divert more energy to healing instead of digesting solid food.
- Marshmallow Tea
Marshmallow tea has been used traditionally to cleanse kidneys, support healthy digestion, and ease inflammation. For best results, choose an organic, loose-leaf tea, place in a tea ball, steep 3-5 minutes in hot water with a plate over the cup, remove tea ball, and drink. Consume 2 cups per day.
- Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
Unsweetened cranberry juice helps relieve infection and prevent recurrence of infection by acting as a natural antibiotic and diuretic. For best results, use an organic juice and drink a small glass twice per day.
- Gluten-Free Diet
An inability to process the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye (called gluten) may contribute to the development of chronic kidney inflammation. Remove all gluten-based products from your diet for at least two months to see if your symptoms improve.
- Medicinal Mushrooms
Medicinal mushrooms have been used for centuries to support healthy immunity and the body’s ability to heal itself. Both cordyceps and shiitake medicinal mushrooms serve as adaptogens, meaning they support your body’s ability to cope with the stress of chronic illness.
In a Chinese study, published in 2002, 83.9% of study participants with lupus nephritis showed marked improvement in their symptoms through the use of a combination of cordyceps medicinal mushrooms and Artemisia afra(wormwood).
Simple dietary changes and proper immune support may be all you need to recovery from a condition like chronic nephritis.