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Clinical Applications

[Chronic Nephritis

[Chronic Nephrotic Syndrome


[Kidney disease with such symptoms as edema, soreness of the lower back, fatigue, emaciation, flabby tongue, greasy tongue coating, deep, thready or wiry pulse.

[This formula is not recommended for acute kidney disorders.

Western Therapeutic Actions

[Restores the normal filtration and excretion functions of the kidney.

[Reduces the presence of protein in the urine.

[Regulates water circulation to eliminate edema.


[Intake of salt should be restricted to 1 to 2 grams per day, as excessive presence of salt will increase the severity of edema.

[Diet with restricted protein is recommended to reduce proteinuria and lower the stress on the kidneys. A high protein diet is discouraged since it accelerates the deterioration of the kidney disease by increasing the intraglomerular pressure and urinary protein excretion.

[Vitamin D supplementation is encouraged in patients with clinical or biochemical evidence of Vitamin D deficiency.

[Lotus nodes are recommended to be included in the diet.

[Avoid smoking and drinking. do not eat sour and spicy foods.

The Tao of Nutrition by Ni and McNease

[Nephritis (acute)

          -Recommendations: black beans, mung beans, azuki beans, pearl barley, garlic, carp, winter melon, watermelon, watermelon rind, corn-silk, sweet rice, lotus root, and water chestnuts.

         -Avoid stimulating (sour, spicy, salty) foods, alcohol, caffeine, smoking, overworking, and high protein foods.

[Nephritis (chronic)

          -Recommendations: ginger, Chinese black dates, sweet rice, soybeans, winter melon, carp, yams, mung beans, and black beans.

           -Avoid stimulating foods (sour, spicy,salty) foods, alcohol, caffeine, smoking, overworking, and high protein foods.

Lifestyle Instructions

[Adequate rest is essential to recovery. Strenuous exercise increases the stress of the kidneys and accelerates their deterioration.

[To minimize stress on the kidneys, encourage elimination of toxins through lung, skin and bowel. Practice breathing exercises, ensure regular bowel movements, and take hot baths.

Clinical Notes

[To effectively treat kidney disorder, it is extremely important to identify and eliminate the cause(s). It is important to make sure disease conditions that are known to increase the risk and acceleration of kidney disorders are well controlled, such as diabetes and lupus. Furthermore, certain drugs, toxins and heavy metals are known to cause kidney damage, and must be avoided as well. Examples of drugs include certain antibiotics, analgesics, and anti-epileptics. Examples of heavy metals include lead and cadmium. Avoidance of such factors will significantly improve both short- and long-term prognosis.

[Though the use of herbs can treat kidney disorders and restore the normal kidney functions, this formula is not recommended for acute renal diseases.

[It is prudent to monitor progress objectively with urine analysis. Such laboratory tests will confirm the effectiveness of the treatment and assist in the long-term treatment strategy.


[Kidney DTX is not suitable for acute nephritis. Such conditions should be referred to a medical doctor for immediate treatment.

[This formula is contraindicated during pregnancy and nursing.

Modern Research

Kidney DTX is a carefully crafted formula that treats chronic and generalized disorders in which the filtering and excretion functions are compromised. Compromised kidney function is often evident with the presence of protein, blood cells, and fat in the urine. In addition, chronic nephritis or chronic nephritis syndrome will also cause edema, especially in the lower parts of the body. The causes for such kidney disorders vary and may include conditions such as diabetes, lupus, use of certain drugs, exposure to certain toxins, and chronic heavy metal poisoning. Therefore, optimal treatment requires comprehensive herbal therapy with appropriate adjustments in both lifestyle and dietary habits.

In summary

Kidney DTX is formulated with many herbs that have a marked effects to treat kidney disorders, such as chronic nephritis and chronic nephrotic syndrome. These herbs have been shown to regulate water circulation, eliminate edema, reduce the presence of protein in the urine, and restore the normal filtration and excretion function of the kidney.

Pharmaceutical Drugs & Chinese medicine: A Comparative Analysis

Western Medical Approach: Kidney diseases, such as nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and kidney failure, are serious and extremely complicated diseases. There are many causes of kidney diseases, and therefore, treatment vary depending on the exact etiology and prognosis. If the conditions continue to deteriorate, kidney dialysis, and eventually kidney transplant may become necessary. Kidney dialysis, and transplant are generally considered to be the last options, but they do prolong life and offer additional hope.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach: Treatment of kidney diseases is also a very challenging and complicated matter. However, many herbs have been shown to have marked effect to relieve stress fro the kidney by promoting eliminating of water and other unwanted substances. Furthermore, certain herbs have been shown to restore normal functions of the kidney, thereby offering hope of a life free from kidney dialysis and kidney transplant. However, herbs are generally only effective for early- to mid-stage of kidney diseases, and only for those with mild to moderate severity. Furthermore, herbs are more suitable for chronic kidney diseases, and not recommended for acute kidney failure. Nonetheless, for the patient on kidney dialysis who have no options other than kidney transplant, use of herbal therapy offer one additional hope and option.

Summation: Kidney diseases are very challenging for both western and traditional Chinese medicine. both drugs and herbs offer hope to reverse the illness, especially in early stages of kidney diseases with mill to moderate severity. if the patient is already on kidney dialysis, it may still be worthwhile to explore herbal therapy, as there is a small possibility of recovery. when all else fail, kidney transplant is the final option.

Case Studies

A 40-year-old female presented with slow mental functions. She answered questions slowly, and reported hot flashes, acid reflux after eating spicy foods, and a history of alcoholism and smoking. Objective findings revealed that her ankles were slightly swollen. The TCM diagnosis was toxic damp-heat accumulation with yin deficiency. Herbal DTX was prescribed for one month with Wu Pi Yin (Five-Peel Decoction) and Jia Wei Xiao San (Augmented Rambling Powder). After one month, the swelling in her legs was down and the woman felt less brain fog. She wanted to drink more water and less alcohol. After 6 months of herbal, acupuncture and homeopathic treatment, she felt better all around.

                                                                M.C., Sarasota, Florida

A 51-years-old male had chronic recurrent nephritis for 6 years. In the past 6 months, the patient reported frequent urination at night (4 to 5 times), soreness and pain of the lower back, tinnitus in both ears, fatigue, pale red and flabby tongue with teethmarks, white greasy tongue coat, and deep thready pulse. Objective tests confirmed the presence of protein (++) in the urine. The patient was diagnosed as qi and yin deficiencies of the Kidney with accumulation of dampness. After 50 days of herbal treatment, the patient reported a reduction of tinnitus in the ears, and increased energy levels. Furthermore, urine analysis was negative for protein in three consecutive tests. The treatment was concluded to be effective.

                                                                  W.J., Zhejiang, China