Kidneys are a vital organ for excretion. Healthy kidneys manage the balance of electrolytes in the body such as calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Kidneys filter the waste products and extra water. Kidneys also make hormones stable which regulates blood pressure, make blood cells and keeps bones strong. Kidney disorders are often treated by dialysis.
According to Ayurveda, a kidney problem is a direct result of poor lifestyle habits, like smoking and drinking alcohol along with wrong food choices.
Ginger (an aromatic root with strong flavor) has been known for its vast health benefits since ages. It has been used from problem ranging from motion sickness to digestion and kidney problems. Properties of ginger, aids in digestion by stimulating the healthy production of digestive juices and bile. This reduces the strain on the kidneys and GI tract. Ginger fights inflammation, improved appetite and have strong antioxidant properties to remove free radical effects.
Ginger Wrap therapy is mentioned in: Ayurveda Secrets of Healing by Maya Tiwari as one of the easiest ways to help kidney failure and dialysis patients get normal. Ginger Massage was introduced by S. Pari, a software engineer, for his father G. Shanmugam who suffered from kidney failure. Some even claim that ginger therapy is one permanent cure for kidney failure patients. Massage is a “hands on” treatment in which a therapist manipulates muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve the health and well-being.
Procedure for Ginger Massage Therapy or Ginger Wrap Therapy.
The procedure to make a Ginger compress concoction as mentioned in the book is as follows:
Make a paste of 125 gram (approx.) or a handful of ginger. Put this crushed ginger or paste in a plain white cloth and tie it.
This tied cloth ginger is then put in 3 to 4 liters of boiling water. Close the pot (preferably a steel pot, avoid nonstick or aluminium pot) of boiling water with a lid and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
Once you put off the stove, let it sit for another 5 to 10 minutes.
The kidney patient is asked to lie down on his stomach exposing the back for the massage. A small bath size towel is then socked in the water and spread over the lower portion of patient’s back. Make sure that the towel is hot enough (just bearable) but enough not to scorch the skin. (The purpose of heat is to open the pores so that the active ingredients from the ginger are able to get absorbed by the body)
This can be repeated for a couple of times. It is important to close the lid of the hot ginger water every time after use so that the heat doesn’t escape.
After the massage, wipe off the patient’s back and gently rub it with sesame oil.
The left over ginger water may be discarded.
Renal Failure is the end stage of Chronic Kidney Disease. Ginger Therapy for Renal failure has proved to be very helpful as it reduces inflammation and prevents the formation of blood clots. It is a natural way with no known side effects. It should be done every day at least 3 times. It is recommended to perform the ginger compress right before meals or before going to bed. It should not be done after food, a gap of 2 hours after food is needed.
Ginger massage therapy is a slow moving procedure but has great results. It is a very secure form of treatment as it includes an external procedure and no interior medicines. People with different body types or doshas respond differently with the therapy, some take less time while others take little longer. Patience is the key. Our body has a tremendous capacity to heal itself.
The massage will lead to increase in urine output and makes one feel more energetic.
While performing the massage therapy one needs to keep in mind that they should not stop any ongoing current treatments right away. The patient may gradually reduce the medications as you see any improvement in urine output and creatinine levels.
A lot of people have seen good results doing ginger massage therapy. It is advised to do some form of meditation while doing to the massage. This gives positive vibes to the patient and improves the chances of recovery. The massage also gives healing touch to the patient, it encourages and motivates the patient to get better sooner. Every kind of massage plays an important role in relieving stress. When Ginger Massage Therapy is done with love and dedication, it always bears positive results.
If Ginger Massage Therapy is performed along with foot massage, the results are even better. According to Ayurveda, the fourth toe is the location of the kidney meridian and massaging it helps to increase the flow of vital energy to the kidneys. So massaging the fourth toe is highly beneficial.
Rest, diet chart must be followed properly as advised by your doctor.