Acute kidney injury functional medicine treatment

Roy Lancaster

Functional Medicine Clinic London,

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Functional medicine takes a holistic approach to health, focusing on identifying and addressing the root causes of disease rather than just managing symptoms. When it comes to treating acute kidney injury (AKI) from a functional medicine perspective, the approach typically involves several key aspects:

  1. Identifying and Addressing Underlying Causes: Functional medicine practitioners aim to identify and address the specific factors that led to AKI. This could include assessing and addressing issues such as dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, medication toxicity, infections, autoimmune conditions, or systemic inflammation.
  2. Optimizing Nutrition: Nutrition plays a vital role in supporting kidney health. A functional medicine approach may involve optimizing the patient’s diet to reduce inflammation, support kidney function, and promote overall health. This might include reducing intake of processed foods, refined sugars, and excessive salt, while increasing consumption of nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
  3. Supporting Detoxification: Supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes can be beneficial for kidney health. This may involve strategies such as ensuring adequate hydration, promoting regular bowel movements, and supporting liver function through proper nutrition and supplementation if necessary.
  4. Managing Stress and Lifestyle Factors: Chronic stress and unhealthy lifestyle habits can contribute to inflammation and other factors that may exacerbate kidney injury. Functional medicine practitioners may work with patients to identify and address sources of stress, promote relaxation techniques, encourage regular physical activity, and optimize sleep quality.
  5. Supplementation: Depending on the individual’s needs and underlying imbalances, supplementation with certain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and herbs may be recommended to support kidney function and overall health. Examples include vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, coenzyme Q10, and herbal supplements like turmeric or milk thistle.
  6. Collaborative Care: Functional medicine practitioners often work collaboratively with other healthcare providers, including nephrologists, to ensure comprehensive care for patients with AKI. This may involve coordinating treatment plans, monitoring progress, and adjusting interventions as needed.

It’s important to note that while functional medicine approaches may offer additional perspectives and interventions for managing AKI, they should not replace conventional medical care. Patients with AKI should always work closely with qualified healthcare professionals to receive appropriate diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment.