Kidney Disease

1) Background
The Kidney Disease special clinic was established in 1987. Since then, we have been treating numerous patients with kidney disease using TCM. Chronic kidney disease is a slow and progressive decline in kidney function. Chronic diseases such as glomerulonephritis, nephrotic syndrome, lupus erythematosus nephritis, uric acid kidney, Ig A nephropathy, polycystic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy, hypertensive nephropathy and other diseases, are difficult to heal. If these are not well-controlled and treated in a timely manner, uremia develops and will require kidney dialysis or transplant. Early stage chronic kidney disease is asymptomatic and often overlooked. Once it reaches advanced stage and symptoms start to appear, treatment will be of high difficulty.

In Singapore, the trend of chronic kidney disease is exacerbating due to the nation’s aging population and the increasing number of people with diabetes and hypertension. Treatment of kidney disease focuses on excluding and treating the underlying primary diseases. Early intervention will help protect renal function and delay disease progression. Under the guidance of TCM theory, this special clinic combines TCM concept of “preventive treatment” on top of Western medicine treatment. Herbal treatment is provided to help delay the development of the disease and improve the quality of life.

2) Scope of Treatment

Clinical research on herbal treatment of all renal and urological illnesses, focusing on the following:

  • Kidney disease (including kidney failure or damage caused by various reasons)
  • Chronic nephritis
  • Proteinuria, haematuria, renal edema
  • Adjuvant treatment for hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis
  • Urinary stone, urinary tract infection, cystitis
  • Urinary tumours (bladder cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer)
  • Lupus erythematosus, lupus nephropathy

    3) Treatment

    (a) Pre-requisite for treatment
    New patients are to bring the following for consultation:

  • Full medical report
  • Laboratory and test reports: blood/urine tests (up to 3 months), X-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI, biopsy reports etc.
  • List of western medicine that are currently being taken
  • Other previous medical history and related information such as hospitalization report, surgery report etc.
  • (b) Treatment method

  • Treatment using pure Chinese herbs in conjunction with diet and lifestyle adjustments.
  • Treatment of kidney disease focuses on the exclusion and treatment of underlying primary diseases to help patients recover. For patients with chronic renal failure, every effort will help to protect renal function and delay renal failure.
  • For patients undergoing hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, use of TCM treatment aims to improve the quality of life, reduce the frequency of dialysis and prevent complications.