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The Kidneys job is to filter waste products from the blood into the urine. They also play a vital role in controling the fluid balance in the body. Several disorders can affect the kidneys, kidneys stone and uric acid that crystallise in the kidneys or the ureters.
Usually the stone do not cause pain while in the kidney, but can do so when they become dislodged and start to travel down the urinary tract.
There can be short bursts of severe back pain in the kidney region, sometimes spreading to the abdomen and gentials, known as renal or ureteric colic. Other symtoms include pain on passing urine and sometimes blood in the urine. The Kidneys may also be infected by bacteria causing a disorder called Pyelonephritis. The sufferer experiences pain over the kidneys and in the sides, waist and sometimes in the abdomen.
Nephritis is a rare but a serious kidney complaint. The cause is generallly a disorder in the immune system in which antibodies produced by the body attack the kidney tissue. Symptoms are red smoky-coloured urine passing in small quantities, water retention, headache, backache and high blood pressure. Other problems includes cancer of the kidney, in which there is blood in the urine. Always consult a doctor about any kidney trouble.
Warning Untreated infection can cause permanent damage so see a doctor before seeking alternative treatment.
Red smoky urine, coloured urine, water retention, headache, blood in the urine.
Alternative therapists should be used only alongside orthodox treatment.The doctor will examine the abdomen to see if the kidneys are enlarged or tender and may use blood test, kidney scan or x-ray to discover more. The urine will be analysted for evidence of blood, protein or cells. Treatment depends on the individual problem. Stones can be broken down with ultrasonics, while infections can usually be cleared up by antibiotics.
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
Reflexologists treat diseases in parts of the body they claim to be related to reflex areas. It is thought that illness occurs when energy channels in the body are blocked, causing damage to one area or another. Massage is aimed at destroying these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely again and so heal the damage. More Info
An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
Moxibustion is a way of applying heat locally to regulate; tone and supplement of the bodys flow of Qi (vital energy), and has been found especially useful for relieving post-operative pain and for conditions such as arthritis. More Info
The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
Acupressure is a mixture of massage and acupuncture, and is thought to be the forerunner of acupuncture. Instead of inserting needles, practitioners use firm thumb or fingertip massage on pain relieving pressure points. Acupressure is used to balance a flow of energy called Qi, which is believed to run through invisible channels known as meridians. More Info