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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Wonder Herb Gokhru For Management Of Kidney Failure

Gokhru fruit is an excellent cleanser of excretory system. It cures difficult micturition and kidney stones. It increases urinary output and reduces edema and swelling in kidney failure.

A patient of kidney failure is having great suffering due to edema and swelling, so Gokhru plays a significant role in reducing swelling.


There is swelling of hands or feet. One may feel tired and weak because body needs clean blood to function properly. Uremia (presence of urea in blood), if left untreated may lead to seizures or coma and will ultimately result in death. If kidneys stop working completely, one will need to undergo dialysis or kidney transplantation.


Kidney failure symptoms from buildup of wastes in the body:

  • A metallic taste in the mouth
  • Smell of ammonia in breath
  • Aversion to Protein intake (one does not want to eat meat, eggs, kidney beans and Dairy products)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itching (pruritus)

Kidney failure symptoms from buildup of fluid in the body:

  • Swelling of face, feet and  hands
  • Shortness of breath
  • Collection of fluid in lungs

Kidney failure symptoms from damage to the kidneys:

  • Quantity of urine less than normal.
  • Blood in the urine (only seen through a microscope)
  • Urine that is foamy or bubbly (presence of  protein in the urine)

Kidney failure symptoms due to anemia:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Mental confusion
  • Feeling cold all the time


Renal function may be impaired by diseases or drugs that effect the renal parenchyma, or by acute circulatory failure or as a result of conditions in which there is obstruction to outflow of urine.

Major causes of kidney failure are as follows:

  • Reduced flow of blood to the kidneys
  • Acute dehydration
  • Liver malfunction
  • Heart diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Intake of medicines for controlling blood pressure
  • Prolonged use of antibiotics and painkillers
  • Blood loss from the body
  • Infection

Various other causes for acute renal failure is diseases like acute glomerulonephritis, bilateral pyelonephritis, high blood pressure and systemic lupus erythematous.

Chronic renal failure may result from conditions such as progressive glomerulonephritis, chronic pyelonephritis, polycystic disease of kidneys and tuberculosis of kidneys.


According to Ayurveda, Kidneys are composed of rakta and meda dhatus (blood and fat). Kidneys are the roots of medhovaha srotas (channel of fat tissue). So diseases arising due to deformity of these dhatus (tissues) can affect kidneys and cause their failure. High blood pressure and Madhumeha (diabetes) are two main diseases responsible for kidney failure.


According to Ayurveda this disease is caused by the blockage of minute body channels called srotas. The body channels involved in this case, known as mutravaha srotas, which carry urine and are responsible for the flow of liquid into and out of the kidneys. If there are blockages in the incoming channels, the kidneys are denied fluids and shrinkage occurs.

If the outgoing channels are blocked, swelling occurs and the condition is called Hydronephrosis. In Hydronephrosis the kidney swells due to the failure of normal drainage of urine from the kidney to the bladder.

There are very effective Ayurvedic herbs, such as punanarva and gokhru that can clean these channels and reduce swelling and rejuvenate the kidneys. Ayurvedic treatment aims at strengthening the kidneys, restoring its filtration capacity and general functioning of the kidneys.

Controlling blood pressure, blood sugar level, cholesterol level, body weight, smoking and alcohol consumption is important to avoid further kidney damage.

  • To restrict sodium intake, salt is minimized in diet. So avoid salty food articles
  • Low Potassium and low protein intake is advised in Kidney failure patients.


Gokhru (Tribulus trrrestris):


Gokhru fruits are small, round pentagonal with 2-6 thorns.

Chemical composition:

Small gokhru fruits contains an alkaline substance, a volatile oil.


It alleviates vata and pitta relieves edema and swelling .It strengthens the heart, cleanses excretory system and promotes urination. Gokhru can reduce high blood pressure as it reduces sodium from blood.

Role of Gokhru (Tribulus terrestris) in Kidney failure:

  • For dysuria decoction of gokhru (80 ml) can be given two times a day. It cures difficulty in micturition.
  • Gokhru powder 3-6 gms can be given with 1tsp of honey for kidney stones.




In these herbal formulations Gokhru or Gokshur is used as a key ingredient.

1. Mutrakrichantak Churna:

It is a wonderful formula for kidney failure patients. It helps to lower down increased urea and creatinine levels. It has following 8 ingredients:

  • Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa): Punarnava literally means “which grows again” It is commonly known as ‘hogweed’ and is useful as a herbal diuretic. It helps to remove excess water from the body accumulated because of kidney failure. It is cool in nature, it decreases edema and swelling, stimulates the heart and affects blood circulation, kidneys and urinary system. Therefore it is useful for heart disorders, dropsy, jaundice, dysuria (painful micturition) and kidney ailments.
  • Varun (Crataeva nurvala): It is another excellent herb to manage kidney failure. It is popular with the name ‘Caper’ and has been used in Ayurveda to relieve urinary tract infections and helps to break down renal stones. It is also effective in relieving excess fluid accumulation and swelling because of kidney failure.
  • Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris): It is useful as a diuretic and acts as a herbal tonic for genito-urinary system. It helps in clearing obstructions in the urinary tract and provides strength and regeneration to the kidney cells. Its decoction helps in dysuria (painful micturition), it also helps to avoid dialysis. It alleviates vata and pitta and relieves edema and swelling. It cleanses the excretory system.
  • Kaasni (Cichorium intybus): It is a common plant which is known by the name ‘Chicory’. It gives strength to the kidneys. Kaasni is a useful herb used in Ayurveda as it is beneficial in chronic and acute kidney failure. It is used in managing nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and other conditions which lead to kidney failure.
  • Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri): It pacifies pitta and is useful for blood disorders, swelling and edema. It is useful for painful micturition and relieves burning sensation.
  • Shirish (Albezzia lebbeck): It pacifies tridosha. It is the Best antidote to poisons. It is useful for painful micturition, swelling of body.
  • Shigru (Moringa oleifera): It is rich in antioxidants and nourishes body tissues.
  • Apamarg (Achyanthes aspera): Apamarg helps to break urinary tract stone to fine pieces. It is most effective for stones, an effective blood purifier and pacifies vata.

2. Rencure Formula:

  • Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa): Commonly known as ‘hogweed’ in English. It is a very useful diuretic. It is known to induce micturition and provides relief in case of painful urination. It is also known for flushing our excessive water content from the body. It rejuvenates dying cells and helps to revive dying organs in the body.
  • Varun (Crataeva nurvala): Popularly known as ‘Caper’ is used to relieve urinary tract infections and remove kidney stones by breaking it down to small pieces that can pass with the urine. It is known to relieve swelling from water retention by flushing out of excessive water from the body. It helps to manage kidney failure at all costs.
  • Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris): This diuretic herb is used to manage renal stones, impotency, kidney malfunction as well as dysuria. It is used as a power and stamina enhancer. It is also used to relieve reduced urine output as well kidney failure.
  • Palaash (Butea monosperma): This herb is useful to relieve painful micturition. It is also known as the flame of the forest for its beautiful red flowered tree, it quite useful for kidney problems. It alleviates kapha and pitta. It purifies blood and urine   It helps to strengthen the kidneys and prevents kidney failure.
  • Kaasni (Cichorium intybus): It is a common plant which is known by the name ‘Chicory’. It gives strength to the kidneys. Kaasni is a useful herb used in Ayurveda as it is beneficial in chronic and acute kidney failure. It is used in managing nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and other conditions which lead to kidney failure.

3. Varunadi Vati:

It has varun (Crataeva nurvala) as its main ingredient. Varun has unique property of breaking stones into pieces and let them pass naturally through urine. Along with varun it has gokshru in it as a key ingredient for maintenance of health of kidneys.

4. Punarnava Mandoor:

It is a combination of 21 herbs. It mainly helps in anaemia and to reduce body swelling. It pacifies vata and kapha. During its use if excess of salt and curd are avoided then body swelling decreases remarkably.


  1. Mutrakrichantak Churna - 1 tablespoonful once daily, with plain water, after meals or boil 1 tablespoonful powder in 400 ml water, boil it un till the water remains 50 ml, consume once daily. Make fresh every time.
  2. Rencure Formula - 2 Capsules twice daily, after meals, with plain water
  3. Punarnava Mandur - 2 tablets thrice daily , after meals with plain water
  4. Varunadi Vati - 2 tablets thrice daily , after meals with plain water

All the products can be taken together, along with the ongoing dialysis and other medications.

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