Nephritis is also known as the inflammation of the kidneys. It can be both chronic as well as acute and is accompanied by pain in the kidneys, dull pain in the back, presence of blood in the urine, dropsy, rise in blood pressure, frequent urination and uremia.

The term Nephritis is used to denote a serious disorder of the kidneys which may be acute or chronic in nature. It is characterized by inflammation of the kidneys. This disease is more common during childhood and younger ages of life. If not treated properly in the initial stages, Nephritis may become more worse. When this disease becomes chronic in nature, the patient may feel a little better but not too well.

The major symptoms of acute Nephritis are pain in the kidneys which may extend down to the ureter, mild backpain, fever and urine may become scanty and highly colored. Many times urine may also contain blood and casts containing dumps of white and red cells which may be a result of damaged kidneys. Other symptoms may include swelling of the ankles and feet and puffiness of the face.

When this disease progresses to a chronic stage, large amounts of albumin is passed through urine. The patient may also suffer from frequent urination, high blood pressure and he may also develop uremia.

The main causes of Nephritis are use of suppressive drugs for former diseases, excessive alcohol consumption, faulty style of living and wrong dietary habits and habitual use of chemical substances for the treatment of indigestion and other disorders of the stomach. Excessive use of painkillers and aspirin may also lead to Nephritis. Many times this disease may also follow an attack of scarlet fever or throat infection. In many cases, deficiency of essential vitamins and trace minerals may be a cause of Nephritis.

The treatment for acute Nephritis should first commence by putting the patient on a short juice fasting for about nine days till the acute symptoms subside.  Juices of vegetables such as cucumber, carrot and celery should be used for this purpose. A warm water enema should be administered daily during this period for cleansing the bowels.

The patient may thereafter switch to an all fruit diet after the juice fast. During this period fresh juicy fruits such as apples, oranges, grapes, peaches, pears and pineapple may be taken at an interval of five hours throughout the day. The patient may adopt a diet of raw goat’s milk and fruits after the all fruit diet for further six days. After this the patient may gradually embark upon a well balanced diet with more emphasis on raw and cooked vegetables and fresh fruits.

In case of chronic Nephritis, the treatment should commence by putting the patient on a short juice fast for about four days. The patient may thereafter adopt a restricted diet for about eight days. In this regimen raw vegetable salad available in the season may be taken during lunch and dinner may consist of one or two steamed vegetables and a few nuts. The patient may gradually embark upon a well balanced diet with more emphasis on fruits and vegetables.

These short juice fasts, followed by a restricted diet may be repeated at an interval of two months if there is improvement in the condition.

Foods such as tea, coffee, white sugar, white flour products, cakes, puddings, pastries, fleshy foods, fried foods, condiments, sauces and pickles should be totally avoided by the patient suffering from Nephritis. He should also avoid vegetables such as rhubarb and spinach containing large amounts of oxalic acid. Cocoa and chocolate also contain oxalic acid and so they should also be avoided. Daily intake of salt should also be eliminated from diet. It is necessary to take frequent small meals instead of few large ones. The patient should also give up smoking and drinking completely if it is habitual.

Natural cure for Nephritis:

The juices of carrot, celery and cucumber are highly beneficial for treating nephritis. Fruits such as apples, grapes, oranges, pears, peaches and apples are also recommended for treating this condition.

All foods containing oxalic acid such as spinach, rhubarb, chocolates and cocoa should be eliminated from the diet of an individual suffering from kidney inflammation.

Wild Yam root is an excellent natural remedy for treating Nephritis. Using wild yam root in the form of dietary supplement helps combat this condition effectively.

Avocados are an excellent natural remedy for treating this condition. Eat one avocado on a daily basis for about a month to cure this problem completely.

Take 1 glass of carrot juice and add 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp fresh lime juice to it. Take this daily on an empty stomach for best results.

Bananas are low in protein and salt content and high in carbohydrates. This makes them an ideal choice for patients suffering from Nephritis. It is recommended to take a diet comprising only of bananas for 8-9 days in order to cure this condition.

If you happen to be suffering from kidney inflammation, you must avoid smoking, intake of alcohol, white bread, tea, coffee, fried foods, sugar cakes, pastries, meat products, pickles, condiments and syrups.

Hot Epsom Salt baths improve the overall functioning of the kidneys and should be taken every alternate day for combating Nephritis.