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The kidney is called Vakka in Ayurveda.
Kidney (Vakka) Ayurveda

Categories in Kidney Bladder Urinary

The kidneys are responsible for:
  • Maintaining homeostasis of water, electrolyte, and pH levels.
  • Blood volume and blood pressure
  • Red blood cell production
The kidneys are affected by:
  • Hydration
  • Mineral levels in the blood. Sodium causes water retention. Potassium causes draining / elimination of water.
  • Sugar levels, especially in diabetes.
  • Kidney perfusion / circulation in the kidney
  • Ama - Waste products that need to be cleared / eliminated from the body
  • Irritants - Including exposure to toxins, poor diet, & pharmaceuticals. Proteins also increase blood urea nitrogen (BUN) - adding a burden to the kidney.
A simple dipstick from a local pharmacy can be an important tool for home urinalysis. Also, the observation of sediment in a cup of urine.

When treating urinary tract pathologies consider the above, consider:

  • Demulcents, anti-inflammatories, and hypoallergenics - to soothe inflammation of the mucosal membranes lining the urinary tract.
  • Vulneraries (Wound-healing herbs) - for damage to the nephron, the functional unit of the kidney.
  • Antimicrobials - for infections
  • Diuretics - to flush sediment out of the urinary tract
  • Lithogogues / Antilithics - to break up kKidney & bladder stones / calculi
  • Analgesics - for pain management
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Renal failure is characterized by scanty urine, the inability to clear nitrogenous wastes (Blood Urea Nitrogen or BUN) and creatinine, or the failure to maintain electrolyte balance. Renal failure is often a complication of diabetes, autoimmune...

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Xerostomia, or dry mouth is a subjective feeling that the mouth is too dry. The terms comes from the Greek: Xeros = dry and stoma = mouth. This condition is commonly called pasty mouth or cotton mouth and effects 20% of the population. Lips may stick...


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Kidney infections primarily affect Kapha individuals. The kidney has to work extra hard to filter sweet, thick Kapha blood. Ayurveda traditionally recommended avoiding heavy, rich, or difficult to digest foods when there is an infection. Drinking water...


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Kidney stones are the result of accumulation due to supersaturation of minerals, or low urine filtration in the kidney. Kidney stones can be composed of calcium, oxylates, or uric acid crystals. If you pass a kidney stone, have it tested for the...


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Tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are accumulations of dead cells and mucus that get trapped in the crevices of the tonsils. Over time, they can harden and form yellow or white masses that can vary in size. Bacteria and fungi feed on these dead cells,...

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Edematic swelling can result from stagnant circulation. Circulation becomes stagnant in Kapha dosha when the blood is too thick and sweet, or when veins are too dilated and relaxed. "Sweet" blood means blood that is rich in sugars, fats, proteins,...


DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.




Ayurveda strengthens the body while opposing disorders. It takes a holistic, systemic approach that looks at the whole body. Ayurveda shows how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using diet, lifestyle adjustments, and herbs. It shows a person how to optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing.


Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of biocharaceristics (gunas). For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.

On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalanced biocharacteristics. By eating an optimal diet that balances your biocharacteristics, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.


To get started on your Ayurvedic journey, we first recommend that your find your body type by taking our free quiz. In Ayurveda, every solution is based on your unique body type, so by taking this quiz, you’ll get the best results.
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