Chronic Nephritisaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Kidney and Nephritic Disorders

Parent symptom: Nephritis

Sub-symptom(s): Chronic Pyelonephritis

What is Chronic Nephritis?

Chronic Nephritis is a prolonged inflammation of the kidneys, encompassing conditions like chronic pyelonephritis. This long-term kidney inflammation often evolves from acute nephritis and can be characterized by symptoms such as proteinuria, hematuria, high blood pressure, and in advanced stages, kidney failure.

The disease is marked by the gradual deterioration of kidney function, and its progression can vary from mild to severe, posing significant risks to overall health if not managed effectively.

How Does TCM View Chronic Nephritis?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) interprets chronic nephritis not just as a kidney ailment but as a symptom of broader systemic imbalance. TCM emphasizes understanding the unique patterns of disharmony within each individual, recognizing that the same Western diagnosis can stem from different imbalances in TCM. Treatment in TCM is therefore highly personalized, based on identifying and correcting the specific disharmonies contributing to the condition.

Causes of Chronic Nephritis According to TCM

In TCM, chronic nephritis is often attributed to underlying imbalances such as Kidney Yin or Yang Deficiency, Damp-Heat in the Bladder, Heart Fire Blazing etc. For example, Kidney Yin Deficiency, characterized by a depletion of the cooling, nourishing aspect of the body, can lead to symptoms like dryness, night sweats, and irritability.

Damp-Heat in the Bladder, on the other hand, manifests through symptoms like painful urination and turbid urine. These patterns illustrate the complex interplay of various bodily systems and energies in TCM’s approach to understanding chronic nephritis.

TCM Herbal Formulas for Chronic Nephritis

TCM treatment for chronic nephritis involves a range of formulas and herbs tailored to the individual's specific pattern of imbalance. For conditions like Kidney Yin Deficiency, formulas such as Liu Wei Di Huang Wan with Prepared rehmannia are used to nourish Yin.

In cases of Kidney Yang Deficiency, Ba Wei Di Huang Wan serves to tonify and warm the body. For imbalances involving Dampness, Fu Zi Tang with Prepared aconite is recommended to transform Dampness and warm the body. Each formula is selected based on the patient's unique presentation of symptoms, showcasing TCM’s personalized approach to healing.

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address chronic nephritis, organized by formula type.

  • By Formula Type
  • Formulas that nourish yin and tonify
  • Formulas that warm and transform water and dampness
  • Formulas that clear heat from the organs
  • Formulas that tonify qi
  • Formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold
  • Formulas that tonify yin and yang
  • Formulas that clear heat from deficiency
  • Formulas that secure irregular uterine bleeding and stop vaginal discharge

All "formulas that nourish yin and tonify" recommended for chronic nephritis

Formula Key herbs
Ba Wei Di Huang Wan Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang)
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang)
Zuo Gui Wan Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang)

TCM Herbs for Chronic Nephritis

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address chronic nephritis, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency
  • Tonic herbs for yang deficiency
  • Tonic herbs for blood deficiency
  • Herbs that warm the interior and/or expel cold
  • Herbs that stabilize and bind
  • Herbs that drain dampness
  • Tonic herbs for yin deficiency
  • Herbs that clear heat and purge fire and/or clear summer heat

"Tonic herbs for Yang Deficiency" recommended for chronic nephritis

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Curculigo Rhizomes (Xian Mao) Er Xian Tang
Epimedium Herbs (Yin Yang Huo) Er Xian Tang