Has anyone had any success finding a health practitioner who has information about the safety of using vitamins/minerals/herbs/other natural supplements after a kidney transplant? I cannot find anyone who will touch this topic...not even the real anti-traditional medicine folks. I think it's based on fear of jeopardizing the kidney, which is totally understandable, but it is hard to imagine that there is no information that would ensure an acceptable safety level. We know that a lowered immune system brings all kinds of risks as well as the other drugs which the docs feel are necessary...blood pressure meds, antibiotics, etc. Any one with experience or reliable resources on this one?
As far as natural remedies go, I would go for homeopathy rather than herbal medicine. You can take homeopathy with conventional anti rejection meds safely and they will still help and you may even be able to reduce them.
Hope this helps and go and see a classical homeopath who may be able to help you.
I can tell you from personal experience that homeopathy does work. I was then so fascinated by that I went and studied it for 4 years.
The good thing about it is that it has no side effects, whereas herbs might. Herbs may also interact with anti-rejection medication, whereas homepathy will not. He would probably need to take a liquid remedy once a day to have an effect, as this is both strong and gentle so that it can cut through the durg layers.
I would suggest that he goes to see a classical homeopath. Have a word and see what they can do.
Also, acupuncture can be great and can be used to treat the kidney energy, which in terms of Chinese Medicine, would be greatly depleted in a person with renal failure.
Thanks again...you've confirmed some of my thoughts. My naturopath does acupuncture. My husband has already gone to her so that's easy. It will also be easy to find a classical homeopath. Where did you study homeopathy? I've considered doing that myself. The most impressive experiences I've had with it were reducing pain/inflammation after dental surgery and to reduce flu symptoms. I know there are many, many others. Amazing!
I studied Homeopathy at the New England School. I also studied acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I am now thinking that I might go to Bastyr to round it all off by getting my ND. Bastyr have also just pioneered a new doctorate degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine with oncology patients which sounds fascinating and I am quite tempted by that also.