Despite the dangers of ignoring trouble of any sort with the kidneys, it’s no secret that many allopathic doctors simply dismiss claims of pain in this area of the body, especially by female patients. More often than not a woman complaining of pain in her lower back, radiating upward and to the sides and lower abdomen, accompanied by nausea and even some bleeding, will be virtually ridiculed. Her physician—usually male—will simply chalk it up to a back ache plus either premenstrual syndrome or menopausal symptoms, according to her age. If the patient persists and demands a test, it will only be for an infection. Once this comes back negative, the doctor will say, “See? It was all in your head. Now go home and bake some cookies,” or some other such patronizing remark.
All the more reason why at least one-third of Americans are turning to natural alternatives for healing. Part of the reason is the failure of Obamacare to address the points of inadequate insurance coverage for the poor. Still others cannot afford insurance at all in many instances, or must rely on bargain-basement clinics. Overall, though, there are generally poor results from many allopathic doctors to begin with. As a result, many prefer to rely on such modalities as Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbalism, chiropractic, etc.
For those who want to try herbal medicine for their kidneys (and note: this does NOT replace needed surgery or other procedures should there be advanced kidney disease) to prevent serious illness, you will find many available plant materials singly and in combination, in supermarkets selling either Latino or Chinese herbs. They have very low prices and are used as teas.