The main function of phytotherapy in the treatment of lupus nephritis is to use those plants whose purpose will be translated into:
-Using anti-inflammatory plants that reduce inflammation.
-Using renoprotective plants that help the kidneys to recover.
-Using plants with diuretic properties that increase the production of urine which in turn facilitates the expulsion of waste from the body.
-Using plants with antibiotic properties that prevent infections or that help to eliminate microorganisms that cause a possible infection.
Natural Remedies For Lupus Nephritis
The below mentioned natural remedies for lupus nephritis are aimed to help diminish kidney swelling. However, it does not mean that it is the cure for lupus nephritis. It is always advisable to attend to a specialist doctor in order to treat the disease properly. So, these natural remedies are complementary therapy.
Turmeric For The Kidneys
Turmeric is one of the best plants that we can have in nephritis. It has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties and also has a protective effect on kidney function.
Even when the disease is due to an autoimmune disease such as lupus, turmeric has been shown to decrease the damage that lupus exerts on the kidneys. It has been scientifically proven that turmeric extract supplements can decrease the symptoms of proteinuria and hematuria (presence of proteins and blood in urine respectively), as well as systolic blood pressure in patients suffering from lupus nephritis, being an adequate therapy as adjuvant for these patients (dose of 500 mg of curcuminoids per day for 3 months).
We can make infusions or decoctions made with some of the following plants:
Rosemary: Recognized anti-inflammatory and natural antibiotic.
Ginger: Powerful anti-inflammatory and hypoglycemic (lowers glucose levels), suitable especially after meals of people with diabetes.
Rosemary And Ginger: To combine the power of both plants.
Thyme: Considered one of the best natural antiseptics.
The infusion method consists of heating the water until boiling, and the moment it begins to boil, put out the fire, and throw the herbs and cover. Simply use 1 teaspoon of dried leaves and flowers per cup of water.
Goldenrod: Medicinal plants rich in berberine, very useful to deflate the kidneys and purify the blood, for its antiseptic properties. You can make an infusion with 1 teaspoon of goldenrod flowers per cup of water, let stand 5 minutes. Take 3 times a day.
Flaxseed: For its richness in mucilage can help fight inflammation in the kidneys and reduce pain. You should pour 1/2 teaspoon of flax seeds in a glass of water. Drink two of glasses a day.
Birch: For the swelling of the kidneys an infusion can be made with 1 teaspoon of dried leaves per cup of water. A cup should be taken two hours after each main meal.
Cranberry: The juice of this plant acidifies the urine and prevents bacteria from developing in it. Juice-based treatments have been shown to be quite excellent in the treatment of this disease. Likewise, American red cranberries or sour blueberries are used for this purpose.
Currants: This fruit has the ability to inhibit the development of bacteria.
Garlic: Being one of the best natural antibiotics, the usual ingestion of garlic can prevent urinary tract infections.
Onion: Like garlic, it is another natural antibiotic.
Parsley: It is one of the best diuretics (increases urination) which prevent the formation of kidney stones since it allows the expulsion of the grit through the urine before it is sedimented and compacted in the form of a calculation. The decoction of a teaspoon of the dried root should be done, let stand for a quarter of an hour and take two cups a day.
Tila: Mixed infusion of 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture in equal parts of elderflowers, linden and equiseta stems. Drink two cups a day.
Poplar: Helps to reduce swelling of the kidneys in lupus nephritis, soothes pain and reduces the infectious process. An infusion of 2 tablespoons of dried yolks per liter of water should be made for 10 minutes. Drink 2 or 3 cups a day.
Violet: In the swelling of the kidneys which occurs in lupus nephritis, the use of this plant can help to reduce inflammation. You should make an infusion of 1/2 teaspoon of dried flowers per cup of water. Drink two cups a day.
- Chandrasekaran, Vignesh et al. “Turmeric and Its Active Compound Curcumin as a Treatment of Lupus Nephritis: A Comprehensive Review of Animal and Human Studies.” Journal of Medicinal Food, vol. 23, no. 12, 2020, pp. 1213-1223. doi:10.1089/jmf.2019.4628.