Elevated Urea and Creatinine level

creatinine, urea level

Ayurveda, the ancient system of medicine originating from India, offers a unique and holistic perspective on health and wellness. In this article, we look into the concept of elevated urea and creatinine levels through the lens of Ayurveda, exploring both the causes and effective natural remedies.

I. Introduction

A. Definition of Elevated Urea and Creatinine Levels

Elevated levels of urea and creatinine in the blood are often indicative of impaired kidney function. Understanding these parameters is crucial for maintaining overall health.

B. Normal levels of Urea and Creatinine

Normal levels of urea and creatinine in human beings can vary slightly based on factors such as age, gender, and individual health conditions. However, generally accepted normal ranges are as follows:

1. Urea:

   – Normal urea levels in the blood typically range between 7 to 20 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter). This range may vary slightly among different laboratories.

2. Creatinine:

   – Normal creatinine levels in the blood are usually around 0.6 to 1.2 mg/dL for adult males and 0.5 to 1.1 mg/dL for adult females. These values may also vary between laboratories.

II. Understanding Urea and Creatinine in Ayurveda

A. Ayurvedic Concept of Doshas

In Ayurveda, the concepts of urea and creatinine are not explicitly mentioned as they are in modern medical terminology. However, Ayurveda provides insights into the functioning of the kidneys and urinary system, emphasizing the importance of maintaining balance in the body’s doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) for overall well-being.

In Ayurveda, the kidneys are associated with the Mutravahasrotas, which represents the channels responsible for the formation, transport, and elimination of urine. The health of these channels is crucial for maintaining proper urinary function and preventing imbalances.

Imbalances in doshas, particularly aggravation of Vata dosha, are considered factors that can affect kidney health in Ayurveda. Poor dietary habits, dehydration, and sedentary lifestyle choices are also believed to contribute to the derangement of urinary functions.


B. Understanding concept of Urea and Creatinine

Creatinine and urea are waste products that play crucial roles in the body’s excretory system, primarily associated with the kidneys. Here’s a brief overview of their functions:

1. Creatinine:

   – Formation: Creatinine is a byproduct of muscle metabolism. It is produced during the breakdown of creatine phosphate, a compound found in muscles.

   – Filtering by Kidneys: Creatinine is filtered from the blood by the kidneys and excreted into the urine. The amount of creatinine in the blood is relatively constant and is used as a marker for kidney function.

   – Indication of Muscle Mass: The level of creatinine in the blood is influenced by muscle mass. Higher levels may indicate increased muscle breakdown, while lower levels may be associated with muscle atrophy.

2. Urea:

   – Formation: Urea is produced in the liver as a result of the breakdown of proteins, particularly amino acids. Ammonia, a toxic byproduct of protein metabolism, is converted into urea, which is less toxic and more water-soluble.

   – Transportation and Excretion: Urea is transported in the bloodstream to the kidneys, where it is filtered and excreted in the urine. The excretion of urea is a key mechanism for eliminating nitrogenous waste from the body.

   – Regulation of Water Balance: Urea plays a role in regulating water balance. It is highly soluble in water, and its excretion in the urine helps maintain the appropriate concentration of solutes in the body.

III. Causes of Elevated Urea and Creatinine

1. Dehydration:
   – Cause: Inadequate fluid intake or conditions leading to dehydration can concentrate urea and creatinine in the blood, as the kidneys may conserve water by reducing urine output.
   – Recommendation: Ensure adequate hydration by drinking an appropriate amount of water throughout the day.
2. High-Protein Diet:
   – Cause: Excessive consumption of protein-rich foods can increase the production of urea and creatinine, as these waste products are byproducts of protein metabolism.
   – Recommendation: Maintain a balanced diet with moderate protein intake, and consult with a nutritionist for personalized dietary recommendations.
3. Kidney Dysfunction:
   – Cause: Impaired kidney function can result in reduced filtration and excretion of urea and creatinine, leading to elevated levels in the blood.
   – Recommendation: Regular monitoring of kidney function and addressing underlying kidney conditions are essential. Consult with a healthcare professional for appropriate management.
4. Certain Medications:
   – Cause: Some medications, such as certain antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can affect kidney function and contribute to elevated urea and creatinine levels.
   – Recommendation: Review medications with a healthcare provider, and discuss potential side effects related to kidney function.
5. Intense Exercise:
   – Cause: Vigorous physical activity, especially activities that involve significant muscle breakdown, can temporarily elevate creatinine levels.
   – Recommendation: Ensure proper hydration and allow for adequate recovery after intense exercise.
6. Aging:
   – Cause: Aging can be associated with a natural decline in kidney function, potentially leading to higher urea and creatinine levels.
   – Recommendation: Regular health check-ups and monitoring are important, especially in older adults.
7. Chronic Diseases:
   – Cause: Conditions such as hypertension and diabetes can contribute to kidney dysfunction, impacting urea and creatinine levels.
   – Recommendation: Manage underlying health conditions through lifestyle modifications and medical interventions.

IV. Ayurvedic Recommendation 

A. Dietary Recommendations

Dietary modifications can play a significant role in managing elevated urea and creatinine levels. Here are general dietary recommendations:

  • Control Protein Intake: – Choose high-quality protein sources with lower nitrogen content, such as lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy. Limit or avoid red and processed meats.
  • Monitor Fluid Intake: – Drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day. Individual needs may vary, and specific recommendations should be discussed with healthcare providers.
  • Limit Salt Intake: – Reduce sodium intake by avoiding processed foods, limiting salt in cooking, and choosing fresh, whole foods.
  • Potassium Management: – Monitor and limit high-potassium foods such as bananas, oranges, tomatoes, and certain leafy greens. Consult with a healthcare professional for personalized guidance.
  • Phosphorus Restriction: – Limit phosphorus-rich foods like dairy, nuts, seeds, and processed foods. Choose lower-phosphorus alternatives.
  • Balanced Diet: – Adopt a balanced diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Consider working with a dietitian for personalized meal planning.
  • Reduce Alcohol Consumption: – If consuming alcohol, do so in moderation. Seek guidance from healthcare providers based on individual health status.
  • Avoid Caffeine and Stimulants: – Limit caffeine intake from coffee, tea, and energy drinks. Choose herbal teas or decaffeinated options.

B. Lifestyle Modifications

  • Maintain a Healthy Body Weight: – Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight through a combination of balanced nutrition and regular physical activity.
  • Avoid Excessive Physical Strain (Vyayama): Engage in gentle exercises like walking, yoga, and Tai Chi. Avoid excessive strenuous activities.
  • Stress Management (Vihara)Practice stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises (Pranayama), and mindfulness.
  • Adequate Rest (Vihara)Ensure sufficient and regular sleep. Ayurveda suggests sleeping during the night and waking up early for optimal health.

V. Ayurvedic Treatment

A. Herbal Remedies

In Ayurveda, several herbs are traditionally used for their potential kidney-supportive properties, and they may be considered in managing elevated urea and creatinine levels. Here are some Ayurvedic herbs that are commonly associated with kidney health.

  • Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa): Known for its diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris): Considered a rejuvenating herb with diuretic properties.
  • Chandraprabha VatiContains a blend of herbs with anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties.
  • Varuna (Crataeva nurvala): Known for its diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Kutki (Picrorhiza kurroa): Known for its hepatoprotective and anti-inflammatory properties. It support liver and kidney health.
  • Neem (Azadirachta indica): Anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.
  • Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia): Blood-purifying and anti-inflammatory.
  • Daruharidra (Berberis aristata): Anti-inflammatory and diuretic.
  • Amla (Emblica officinalis): Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.

These herbs can be used in various formulations, and their efficacy may vary based on individual factors. It is crucial to seek guidance from a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner who can provide personalized recommendations and monitor progress over time. 

B. Panchakarma

Panchakarma, a set of Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation therapies, may be considered in the management of elevated urea and creatinine levels, although individualized guidance from an Ayurvedic practitioner is crucial. Panchakarma aims to balance the doshas, eliminate toxins (ama), and promote overall well-being. Here’s an overview of how Panchakarma may be approached for individuals with elevated urea and creatinine levels:

1. Consultation (Nadi Pariksha):
  •    – Objective: Understand the individual’s doshic constitution (Prakriti), current imbalances (Vikriti), and overall health.
  •    – Recommendation: A thorough consultation helps determine the appropriate Panchakarma therapies and herbal formulations tailored to the individual.
2. Preparatory Phase (Purvakarma):
  •    – Objective: Prepare the body for the main detoxification procedures.
  •    – Recommendation: This phase may include oleation (Snehana) and fomentation (Swedana) therapies to lubricate the tissues, loosen toxins, and prepare the body for elimination.
3. Main Detoxification Procedures:

    a. Virechana (Therapeutic Purgation):

  •       – Objective: Eliminate excess Pitta and toxins from the body, supporting liver and kidney function.
  •       – Recommendation: Virechana may be considered to promote effective bowel movements and detoxification.

    b. Basti (Enema Therapy):

  •       – Objective: Balancing Vata dosha and nourishing the tissues, especially in the colon.
  •       – Recommendation: Anuvasana Basti (oil enema) and Niruha Basti (decoction enema) with herbs like Dashamoola may be used to support kidney health.

    c. Nasya (Nasal Administration):

  •       – Objective: Clearing nasal passages and promoting detoxification of the head.
  •       – Recommendation: Nasya with medicated oils may be considered to balance doshas and enhance overall detoxification.
4. Post-Cleansing Phase (Paschatkarma):
  •    – Objective: Stabilize the body, rejuvenate tissues, and prevent the recurrence of imbalances.
  •    – Recommendation: Paschatkarma may involve dietary modifications, herbal supplements, and lifestyle recommendations to support long-term well-being.

It’s essential to note that Panchakarma is a comprehensive and individualized approach. The specific procedures, herbs, and duration of therapies will vary based on the individual’s health condition, doshic imbalances, and response to treatments. 

B. Yoga and Pranayama

Yoga Asanas:
  1. Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose):
  2. Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose):
  3. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend):
  4. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose):
  5. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose):
Pranayama Techniques:
  1. Anulom Vilom (Alternate Nostril Breathing):
  2. Kapalabhati (Skull-Shining Breath):
  3. Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing):
  4. Bhramari (Bee Breath):
  5. Ujjayi Pranayama (Victorious Breath):


Ayurvedic treatments are generally safe, but it’s essential to consult with a qualified practitioner to ensure suitability for individual health conditions.

 Results vary, but many individuals experience positive changes within a few weeks of adopting Ayurvedic practices.

Ayurveda suggests avoiding certain foods like excessive salt and processed items to support kidney health.

Ayurveda encompasses a holistic approach, including dietary guidelines, lifestyle recommendations, and therapies like Panchakarma.

Uniqueness of our therapies  

At Arogya Mandir – Shri Siddhanath Ayurvedic Hospital, Miraj, we delve deeply into the ayurvedic examination of each patient. Utilizing noninvasive Ayurvedic diagnostic tools such as Ashtavidha Parikshan and Nadi Parikshan, we precisely determine the pathogenesis of the disease and then prescribe therapies tailored to the specific condition. This approach leads to expedited results.

Our therapies boast the following distinctive features:
– Tranquil and hygienic therapy rooms staffed with trained therapists in a positive environment.
– Selection of appropriate massage oil based on the patient’s Prakruti and the condition of the disease.
– Complimentary Prakruti and Dhatu Sarata examinations before the commencement of therapies.
– Authenticated procedures for each therapy.
– Judicious use of herbal medicines and instruments during the therapy sessions.
– Specialized rooms equipped with all facilities for inpatient care.

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