Dialysis Patients May Not Have To Worry About Itching Anymore With New Simple Spice Treatment


Turmeric offers a new hope for dialysis patients who experience intense itching (uremic pruritus). People who attend dialysis and are severely itchy on average, "scratch" 2.6 more dialysis sessions per year when compared with those who did not suffer the symptom, said DaVita doctor, Scott Sibbel. This has been linked with a 15% higher mortality risk, which actually appears to be in large part due to disturbances in sleep quality, researchers reported.

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At a self reported 40% to 50%, uremic pruritus is relatively high in dialysis patients and turmeric is the first of its kind to offer a management solution, where previous therapeutic options have largely been ineffective or unavailable. Springer International Publishing released findings to the Journal of Nephrology on Tuesday February 4th, 2014 which highlighted that patients who took turmeric had a "significantly higher" reduction in itching with no observed side effects.

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Turmeric has also been associated with pain relief, improved wound healing, anti-inflammation, natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and protect against several cancers. Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form and is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules. You can also find fun and new ways to use the spice in recipes at KidneyBuzz.com Daily Impact Meals. Common recipes include adding a pinch of turmeric to an egg salad or a tuna sandwich which can give the dishes a nice flavor and rich yellow hue. 

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Uremic pruritus affects many dialysis patients especially those on Hemodialysis (HD). It is a distressing symptom which has a negative impact on your quality of life. The condition is also very frustrating for both patients and physicians since no effective treatment for relief of the itch has been demonstrated, until now. Before including turmeric into your diet, talk with your Dietitian to determine the right amounts for you. Visit KidneyBuzz.com every day for news like this as well as daily coverage on Diabetes and how to get a Kidney Transplant sooner. We ask that you support us by ordering our original $5.00 No BP/No Stick wristband. While protecting your fistula, your $5.00 investment will go toward off-setting necessary expenses associated with providing you daily valuable information tailored to those on dialysis and with Diabetes. 

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Maryam Pakfetrat, Fatemeh Basiri, Leila Malekmakan, Jamshid Roozbeh. "Effects of Turmeric on Uremic Pruritus in End Stage Renal Disease Patients: A Double-blind Randomized Clinical Trial." Http://link.springer.com/. Springer International Publishing/Journal of Nephrology.

"Itchy Patients May Scratch Dialysis Session." Http://www.medpagetoday.com/. MedPage Today, LLC. 

Björn Wikström. "Itchy Skin—a Clinical Problem for Haemodialysis Patients." Http://ndt.oxfordjournals.org/. Oxford University Press Sites.

"20 Health Benefits of Turmeric." Http://www.healthdiaries.com/. Eat This.