Chronic Kidney Disease
Adrian has a special interest in chronic kidney disease and renal failure due to his own diagnosis of a rare genetic kidney disorder. Due to this, Adrian has both personal and clinical experience in the management of chronic kidney disease and renal failure using diet, nutritional supplements, and herbal medicine. He has a particular interest in support for late stage renal failure, including complementary support for dialysis and transplant which can improve outcomes and quality of life.
Chronic Kidney Disease and Urinary Disorders
Adrian is experienced in the management of a variety of conditions relating to the kidney and urinary system. This includes:
- Kidney disease associated with hypertension or diabetes
- Polycystic Kidney Disease
- Recurrent Kidney Stones and Nephrocalcinosis
- Renal Tubular Acidosis
- Lupus Nephritis
- Chronic Urinary Tract Infections
- Interstitial Cystitis
Late Stage Kidney Failure and Dialysis
Chronic Kidney Disease often remains undiagnosed until a majority of kidney function is lost. Depending on the cause of renal failure, function may be recovered or further deterioration prevented through the use of herbal and nutritional supplements, diet modification and lifestyle approaches. This can be useful for preventing or delaying the need for dialysis and/or transplant. It can also be useful for resolving or reducing common side effects associated with end-stage renal failure. This includes symptoms such as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue and weakness
- Brain fog / concentration difficulties
- Muscle pain and spasms
- Bad breath and mouth symptoms
- Digestive issues
Dialysis is a life-saving treatment for people with end-stage renal failure, however, it is common to experience a range of persisting symptoms and/or side-effects. Complementary medicine can provide a range of support to improve quality of life by reducing associated side-effects and managing other symptoms that dialysis does not address. In some cases dialysis frequency may be reduced due to complementary medicine approaches.
In the case of kidney transplant, there are a number of evidence-based approaches to support transplant using natural medicines. However, there are a large number of supplements that may negatively interact with immunosuppressant medications and cause organ rejection, so it is essential to review with a practitioner who can guide you to the use of safe and evidence-based complementary medicines.