Nephritis, how can plants be used to treat it?


The circulatory system’s main organ is the kidney. The kidney has a purifying activity and helps eliminate toxic elements from the body.It can happen that the kidney itself be inflamed, and can’t anymore fulfill its duties. Waste is then stocked in the blood flow: this results in elevated risks for the health of the patient.

This inflammation is called nephritis. It very often appears after an attack or badly treated cutaneous infectious disease, or also pursuant to a disease resulting from abnormal immune system activity in the human body.

Let us delve into the details of what causes nephritis, its symptoms and its impact on human body health. How can one alleviate suffering, heal and treat oneself with plants?

Nephritis, what is it?

An inflammation due to toxins or an infectious disease, nephritis affects the kidney. It can be either chronic or acute, and in both case hinders the kidney as it tries to filter and purify blood flow. The toxins that should be eliminated aren’t removed anymore, and their concentration reaches abnormal levels in the blood flow. This dysfunction can lead to kidney deficiency.

Each kidney is divided into 2 essential parts that enable it to fulfill its function: the glomerulus and the tubulus. Nephritis usually impacts both of these, and the kidney is unable to retain the important substances it needs, especially protein or blood cells.

 > Causes and impact of nephritis on health

The causes or triggers of nephritis are of 2 different types:

  • The first possible cause is an infectious disease that was incorrectly or not treated. The infection is usually caused either by a virus or a bacteria and affects the kidney that cannot anymore stand up to its tasks. Toxins are then released throughout the blood supply and accumulate there. Kidneys are more and more vulnerable, which aggravates the disease.
  • The second possible cause is an abnormality in the immune system. How does this happen? When an antibody and an antigen meet in an area of the body, they combine to produce a specific immune compound. This compound is sent to the kidneys to interact with the cells that are there. In the case of abnormal immune reactions, the compounds aren’t what they should be and the interaction with kidney cells results in their becoming inflamed. It can also happen that the antibody attacks the kidney directly, making it weaker.

When one knows that the kidney’s main function is to provide a certain acid-base and hydro-electrolyte equilibrium to the body, one quickly understands that its inflammation completely disturbs the entire human body circulatory system. Health is endangered.

Nephritis can lead to an even more critical health condition: kidney deficiency.

> Symptoms of nephritis

Even if the body’s warning signals about nephritis vary from one person to the next, they generally are connected to urine characteristics. These become sparse, there are various disorders and often include traces of blood.

The patient slowly loses appetite. Fever set in with the body temperature rising and edemas appear on certain parts of the body (ankles, feed, hands, eyelids).

Plants to treat nephritis

 There are many plants with diuretic properties, among other properties, to treat and eliminate nephritis.

  • Corn silk infusions can treat nephritis. For that, infuse the silks for about a quarter hour and drink. Dosage is at least 4 cups a day.
  • Onion can also get rid of nephritis. Chop raw onions and apply them as a poultice on the kidneys. You can also extract raw onion juice with a juice extractor and friction the kidneys with it.
  • Common smilax infusion treats nephritis. Let steep for 15 minutes before drinking. Drink 1 cup 4 times a day.
  • Geranium is also very effective in treating nephritis. Collect the flowered tips of the plant and let them infuse for 1 quarter hour in water, and drink at least 4 cups a day.
  • Pumpkin has proven its worth in nephritis treatment. For those who prefer soup or mashed foods, prepare mashed pumpkin or pumpkin soup and take it as a course, with a good deal of each in every daily meal.
  • Juniper essential oil rubbed onto the kidneys has positive results.
  • Upright parietary or field horsetail are two powerful diuretics that act positively on the kidneys when drunk as herbal tea. Moreover, horsetail is haemostatic and mineral-rich.
  • Barley, coriander and bearberry. Each of these plants, prepared separately in herbal tea, is also very effective in the course of treating nephritis.
  • A blend of eryngo, horsetail and fennel can also treat nephritis. For that, mix 2½ oz (70 g) eryngo roots, 0.7 oz (20 g) horsetail stems, and ⅓ oz (10 g) fennel roots. To prepare one cup of decoction, gather 1 table spoon of this blend and add to some water. Boil for 20 minutes and then drink your decoction.

For more information, refer to your consulting physician or ask your pharmacist for advice.