Many friends have asked me if the Acute Kidney Injury(AKI) and Acute Kidney Damage (AKD) could be cured by acupuncture. My answer was yes. Acupuncture is now an effective therapeutic system which is popular even in western countries as a natural and alternative therapy for chronic diseases including kidney diseases.
AKI is a rapid loss of excretory function of kidneys and it generally occurs within a short period due to damage to kidney tissues caused by accident or low blood flow to kidneys, exposure to substances harmful to the kidney or obstruction of the urinary tract which, in turn, blocks the flow of urine. AKI is diagnosed on the basis of laboratory findings on high blood urea nitrogen and creatinine or decreased urine output. AKI is also associated with the risk for cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure.
AKD is the result of continuous loss in renal function over a period of several months and years. The progression and severity of AKD is classified into 5 stages, with first stage being the mildest and the 5th stage , which is called end-stage kidney disease. CKD can continue for a long period without any specific symptoms and is detected on increase in serum creatinine or protein in the urea. AKI can be progressed to AKD if it is not treated in time.
AKI and AKD can be cured through acupuncture, irrespective of its stage and severity. According to Chinese medicines, the acupuncture has three functions, viz., dredging meridians (energy pathways in the human body) , regulating the energy system (yin and yang) and strengthening body immunity as well as eliminating pathogenic factors. So, the basic curative effect of acupuncture is to remove the blocks in the system, so as to improve blood and energy circulation in the patient’s body.
Since oxygen is carried to tissues in the blood, insufficient blood supply causes tissue to become starved of oxygen. Hence the tissues of kidneys are also quickly damaged by loss of blood flow. When the damaged kidney tissues get more blood circulation, through the acupuncture therapy, it will improve its self-cure ability, thus improving the kidney function.
Acupuncture also improves the functioning of the immune system as a whole. As we know, all kidney diseases are induced by the progressive immune system failure, over a period of time. Hence an improved immune system will manage the kidney disease and mostly eliminate it from the root.
I have been told by some people who had taken acupuncture therapy from Dr. Dinesh Kapur , that many symptoms and discomforts of kidney disease, such as chronic pain, head-ache, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, had disappeared immediately.