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慢性肾病者慎用草药(ZT in English)

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As a chronic kidney disease (CKD) patient, you may have considered the use of herbal products to assist you with various health concerns. This fact sheet will give you some information to enable you to make decisions regarding your use of herbs.

Use of herbal supplements may be unsafe for CKD patients, since your body is not able to clear waste products like a healthy person. There are some facts about herbs that every CKD patient should know:

·         Very few herbs have been studied in CKD patients. What may be safe for healthy persons may not be safe for someone with CKD, and in fact, could be dangerous. Therefore, you need to be very cautious about your use of these products.

·         The government does not regulate herbal supplements, so the exact content of these products is unknown.

·         Without regulation, there are no requirements for testing, so the purity, safety and effectiveness of the products are unknown.

·         Herbal preparations are subject to contamination (may contain toxic heavy metals such as lead or mercury).

·         Products may contain minerals harmful to CKD patients, for example: potassium.

Some herbs that may serve as diuretics may also cause “kidney irritation” or damage. These include bucha leaves and juniper berries. Uva Ursi and parsley capsules may have negative side effects as well.

Many herbs can interact with prescription drugs. A few examples are St. Johns Wort, echinacea, ginkgo, garlic, ginseng, ginger, and blue cohosh. Transplant patients are especially at risk, as any interaction between herbs and medications could potentially put them at risk for rejection or losing the kidney. It is important to ask your doctor and/or pharmacist about any herbs or medicines you want to take to avoid potential problems.

Herbs that may be toxic to the kidneys

Artemisia absinthium (wormwood plant)

Periwinkle

Autumn crocus

Sassafras

Chuifong tuokuwan (Black Pearl)

Tung shueh

Horse chestnut

Vandelia cordifolia

 

Herbs that may be harmful in chronic kidney disease

Alfalfa

Buckthorn

Ginger

Nettle

Vervain

Aloe

Capsicum

Ginseng

Noni juice

 

Bayberry

Cascara

Horsetail

Panax

 

Blue Cohosh

Coltsfoot

Licorice

Rhubarb

 

Broom

Dandelion

Mate

Senna

 

 

Herbs known to be unsafe for all people

Chapparal

Pennyroyal

Comfrey

Pokeroot

Ephedra (Ma Huang)

Sassafras

Lobelia

Senna

Mandrake

Yohimbe

These lists are not necessarily complete. More information regarding the use of herbs will become available over time. You are encouraged to proceed with caution with all herbal preparations and use them only under the direction of your medical team.

With all of these cautions, perhaps you are wondering if use of any herbs is a good idea. The use of common herbs, in normal amounts, when cooking is just fine and typically recommended to enhance the flavor of foods on a low-sodium diet.

So, before you take any herbal supplement, we recommend:

·         Checking with your doctor, dietitian, pharmacist and/or product manufacturer regarding safety, dosage, duration of use, interactions with prescription drugs, etc.

·         Use only standardized herbal extracts made by reputable companies.

·         Never take more than the recommended dosage, or longer than recommended.

·         Do not use herbal remedies for serious illness.

·         Do not use herbs if considering pregnancy.

Remember … natural does not mean safe, especially for CKD patients. Be smart and ask questions before using any herbal products.

The following references can provide additional information regarding the use of herbal supplements:

American Botanical Council
www.herbalgram.org

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
nccam.nih.gov

National Library of Medicine, Medline Plus
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/alternativemedicine.html
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/herbalmedicine.html

United States Pharmacopoeial
www.usp.org

PDR for Herbal Medicines . Gruenwald J, Bendler T, Jaenicke C, eds. Montvale NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 2000

The Honest Herbal . Tyler V. Pharmaceutical Products Press, New York, 1999

More than 20 million Americans—one in nine adults—have chronic kidney disease, and most don’t even know it. More than 20 million others are at increased risk. The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary health organization, seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. Through its 50 affiliates nationwide, the foundation conducts programs in research, professional education, patient and community services, public education and organ donation. The work of the National Kidney Foundation is funded by public donations.

The National Kidney Foundation would like to thank the
Council on Renal Nutrition for the development of this fact sheet.

If you would like to become a volunteer and find out more about what's happening where you live, contact your local NKF Affiliate.

If you would like more information, please contact us.

©2011 National Kidney Foundation. All rights reserved. This material does not constitute medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. No one associated with the National Kidney Foundation will answer medical questions via e-mail. Please consult a physician for specific treatment recommendations.

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医实注行 回复 悄悄话 回复shenshenxuxuxu的评论:
转载原文是不想渗入任何本人观点。建议把文中36种草药用google翻译下,就很清楚了。
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shenshenxuxuxu 回复 悄悄话 The article is great. But I have no idea about the technical terms. Would please email me your translated article to me in Chinese? Thanks.

My email is syhxu@yahoo.com

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