World Kidney Day is observed on the 2nd Thursday of March. It is a global awareness campaign to raise awareness about the importance of kidneys to our health and reduce the impact of kidney diseases and problems associated with them.
What are the roles of kidneys in our body?
- Remove waste products and excess fluids from the body
- Regulation of extracellular fluid volume
- Regulation of PH
- Production of hormones
What are the symptoms of kidney disease?
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive Micturation or less Micturation
- Swelling in feet and ankles
- Nausea, Vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Sleep-related problems
This was a modern aspect of kidneys, now let’s see what our ancient texts say all about Vrikka(Kidneys)-
Vrikka is derived from the Sanskrit name “Vikkadane”- Meaning to take.
Its embryological development is Maternal, a contribution derived from the essence of Rakta and Meda.
Vrikka are 2 rounded muscular organs situated in Kukshi- One is Vampasharva and another in Dakshinpasharva.
Acharya Sharangdhar has considered Vrikka as the nourishers of abdominal fat.
In this era, we have a countless number of diseases either the cause is pollutions, unhealthy lifestyle, food habits, genetics, or chemicals.
We all need to temporary instant result for our problems, but ever thought is it safe to use the chemical-based products, what could be their long terms damage to our body?
Why we rely on these chemicals even we know they can cause serious problems in the future?
What is the solution to this?
Why we are not acceptation our ancient texts’ formulations for a better and healthy life?
The World Health Organization has listed 21,000 plants that are used for MEdicinal purposes around the world. Among these 2500 species are in India, out of which 150 species are used commercially on a fairly large scale. India is the largest producer of medicinal herbs and is called as “Botanical garden of World”.
Talking about kidney-related problems, there are various herbs and formulations stated by our acharyas in ancient texts.
According to Ayurveda, Kidney diseases fall under Mutravah srotas dushti.
All the 3 doshas (vata, pita, kapha) are involved.
Ayurveda aims to preserve the health of a healthy person and secondly to cure illness and disease.
So for the healthy functioning of Kidneys, we should daily practice yoga.
2.Yog mudra asana
What to eat in order to prevent kidney disease?
Buttermilk, cucumber, papaya, guava, apple bitter gourd, carrot, coconut water, boiled water, unripped banana, morning beans, light food, etc.
What should be avoided?
Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Heavy pulses, peas, Red and green chilies, Brinjal, Alcohol, Non-Veg
Some of the herbs used in Kidney disease-
- Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris)
- Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa)
- Bhumi amlaki (Phyllanthus niruri)
- Varun (Crataeva nurvala)
- Apamarga (Achyranthes aspera)
- Peepal bark (Ficus religiosa)
- Neem bark (Azadirachta indica)
Celebrate World Kidney Day by learning more about your kidneys and aware of chemicals that might cause harm to the kidney. keep your kidneys healthy and many more happy years to come.