Yesterday, on the Dr. Oz TV show, the subject was how to prevent or cure cancer, but more importantly, there was a segment on how to take care of your kidneys.
According to Dr. Oz, there are two things that can damage your kidneys: high blood pressure and diabetes. I have been going to a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor since I had a stroke over a year ago. According to TCM theory, it is the other way around: weak kidneys CAUSE high blood pressure and weak kidneys are also the CAUSE of diabetes.
So how do you know if you have weak kidneys? Your first clue is having to go to the bathroom to urinate at night. According to my TCM doctor, this means that your kidneys are so weak that they must work overtime to eliminate the toxins in your body; normal kidneys rest at night. Another clue is having white space showing under the pupils of your eyes, which means that you have toxins in your body that are not being removed by the kidneys. Also, having swollen ankles, caused by retaining water, means that your kidneys are not working to eliminate the water. And when your kidneys are really weak, you will feel exhausted all the time.
Dr. Oz mentioned some natural remedies to strengthen the kidneys and lower blood sugar: Hibiscus tea, Gumar Extract and herbs. He didn’t identify the herbs which were in liquid form in a small brown bottle and he didn’t say whether they were Chinese herbs or not. Dr. Oz put a few drops of the herb liquid into the mouth of a volunteer and she said the taste was acceptable, but Dr. Oz tried it himself and said that the herb liquid tasted awful. Don’t worry, if you want to try some herbs for your kidneys, you can get them in the form of pills that are so tiny that they can easily be swallowed by anyone. (more…)