An inflammation of the kidneys is known as nephritis. The inflammation may have a number of sources and appear at different sites.

Glomerulonephritis is an inflammation of the networks of capillaries which begin to filter waste from the blood as it enters each of the kidneys. This is characterised by proteins and sometimes blood in the urine. There may also be fluid retention resulting in swelling around the eyes and the ankles. Bed rest, restriction of salts and fluids and sometimes antibiotics are prescribed by medical practitioners.

Another kidney inflammation is pyelonephritis which is usually the result of a bacterial infection. An obstruction in the urinary tract, causing stagnation of urine, is sometimes a cause. Bacteria being transferred from the rectum to the urinary tract is another source of infection. The small of the back often becomes tender as a result of infection in the kidneys.

Failure to treat infections of the kidney adequately can lead to chronic conditions like nephritis and, in some cases, to kidney failure. It is therefore extremely important that adequate information from orthodox medical sources is obtained before deciding on an alternative therapy.

Acupuncture, moxibustion and acupressure may all be applied for kidney problems. Herbal diuretics, such as nettles, can help flush out the urinary system and many practitioners will advise drinking plenty of water.

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