What is renal failure?

Renal failure is the last stage of chronic kidney disease in which the kidney function falls lower than 15. It is the glomerular filtration rate that determines how well your kidneys are working. So renal failure can be determined on the basis of GFR.

When renal failure develops, you may be at the risk of losing a life. The waste level in the blood rises continuously, and you will have a hard life living well with CKD. Management of renal failure is essential to prevent life. The best solution to any sort of kidney disease is in Ayurveda. Ayurveda has the capacity to revive the damaged portion of the renal and maintain the strength of the body so that you do not feel sick while receiving the treatment or undergoing treatment.

What are kidneys?

The kidneys are the two bean-shaped organs, each of which is about the size of a fist. Located on either side of the spine, both equally participate in the blood filtration process. During the blood filtration process, certain elements in your blood that are not needed are balanced by the kidney. The kidneys trigger the production of the hormones that control blood pressure and red blood cells. There are multiple other functions of the kidneys, such as eliminating excess fluid not needed by the body. When you have too much fluid in the cells and tissues, it mostly leads to a condition called edema. Edema is the swelling in the body due to the presence of fluid in the cells.

Kidney failure is when the kidneys do not work well as they are required to. The term kidney failure is a broader term that indicates a lot of problems. There are certain conditions which can result in kidney failure, such as:

  • Your kidney doesn't get enough blood to filter.
  • Your kidney is damaged by conditions like high blood sugar (diabetes), high blood pressure (hypertension), etc.

We will learn about the causes of kidney failure later in the section and also the management of renal failure with Ayurveda.


The symptoms of renal failure can be classified based on how severe your condition is or how quickly your health is declining and the causes of it.

There are 2 main types of renal failure

acute (sudden) and chronic (overtime)

Acute Renal Failure

ARF occurs when the renal suddenly stop filtering waste products from the blood.

  • swelling of the hands, feet, and face (edema)
  • internal bleeding
  • confusion
  • seizures
  • coma
  • abnormal blood and urine tests
  • high blood pressure

Chronic Renal Failure

CRF develops slowly over time, with only a few symptoms in its early stages.

A chronic renal failure or chronic kidney patient may not notice any signs until the kidney function declines to 20% or less. These signs can be as follow:

  • high blood pressure
  • weight loss for no fixed reason
  • low red blood cell count
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • metallic taste in your mouth
  • loss of appetite
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • numbness and tingling
  • confusion
  • coma
  • seizures
  • easy bruising
  • itching
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • muscle twitches and cramps
  • weak bones that break easily
  • yellow-brown skin color
  • itching
  • swelling of the hands, feet, and face (edema)
  • swelling of the hands, feet, and face (edema)
  • trouble sleeping


Acute renal failure is likely to happen with:

  1. low blood flow (such as after complicated surgery or an accident).
  2. swelling of the kidney (such as a reaction to a drug or infection).
  3. sudden blockage (such as by a kidney stone).
  4. very high blood pressure.

With acute kidney injury or acute kidney failure, the kidneys may return to normal or near to normal after the cause is generated. It happens in the people who are already hospitalized or taking treatment for certain other medical conditions.

Chronic renal failure is a permanent loss of kidney function. The most common causes to which include:

  1. high blood pressure
  2. glomerulonephritis (damage to the filters within the kidneys)
  3. high blood sugar (diabetes)
  4. polycystic kidney disease
  5. blocked urinary tract
  6. kidney infection


Renal failure can be diagnosed with the help of a blood test called a creatinine test. Creatinine is a chemical substance made by the muscles. A healthy kidney will be able to remove creatinine from the blood and get rid of the urine. The more the creatinine in the blood, it is a sign that the kidneys are not cleaning the blood as they are required to. Apart from the blood creatinine, the function of the creatinine can also be evaluated with the help of urine tests, glomerular filtration rate, imaging tests, a kidney biopsy, etc.

Acute Kidney Failure Treatment in Ayurveda


To treat renal failure, it is important to treat the underlying cause of renal failure, such as blood pressure or blood sugar level. The management of renal failure should be done with the help of Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is one of the best ideologies to get rid of kidney failure and feel the best of health. It does not harm the body in any way rather helps to improve the functionality of the kidneys only by making herbs and spices accountable. Especially if you have signs of uremia, this treatment helps to remove them with the help of urine only.

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Renal failure is the last stage of chronic kidney disease. It is a life-threatening condition that should be managed with the help of Ayurveda.