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What is the Scope of Using CAM in the Clinical Management of CKD/ESRD?

What is the Scope of Using CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) in the Clinical Management of CKD/ESRD?

CAM alone might not provide any remedy to CKD or ESRD. However, the concomitant use of CAM with conservative management approaches could enhance therapeutic outcomes and wellness paradigm of the CKD/ESRD patients (Birdee, Phillips, & Brown, 2013). The CAM approach is based on the administration of mind-body interventions, dietary supplements, and herbs based on the CKD manifestations or clinical symptoms.

Deep breathing exercises claim to reduce the oxidative stress in CKD patients. The analysis by Yao and Lin (2019) reveals the renal protective effects of the herbal formulation ‘Eefooton’ in CKD patients. The findings reveal the potential of this drug to delay the dialysis requirement in CKD patients. Eefooton is based on the combination of the following herbs. The clinicians advocate the use of this medicine along with the regular or conservative CKD pharmacotherapy.

Rhodiola sacra (1.3grams)

Panax quinquefolius (1.3 grams)

Ligustrum lucidum (3grams)

Codonopsis pilosula (3grams)

Astragalus membranaceus (3grams)

The following herbs also help to protect or enhance kidney function in CKD patients (Prashanth, Baghel, Ravishankar, Gupta , & Mehta, 2010).

Asphaltum panjabiunum (Shilajit)

Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari) root

Tinospora cordifolia (Guduchi) stem

Saccharum officinalum (Kandekshu) root

Desmostachya bipinnata (Kusha) root

Moringa olifera (Shigru) bark

Crataeva nurvala (Varuna) bark

Tribulus terrestris (Gokshura) seed

Boerhavia diffusa (Punarnava) root

Coriander sativum seeds

Zingiber officinale or Ginger

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