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Identification of medicinal plants used for chronic kidney disease : an update of reported literature in South Africa.

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posted on 2023-06-06, 08:44 authored by Shamanie Govender, Karishma Singh, Roger M. Coopoosamy, Jamila Adam

Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a debilitating condition that is becoming more  common around the world, as well as a financial and social burden on healthcare systems. If  not treated with kidney replacement therapies, kidney failure, the final stage of CKD, can be  fatal. Chronic kidney disease patients are now seeking the use of alternative remedies,  including medicinal plants, as the primary source of healthcare. Aim: This review aimed to evaluate the use of medicinal plants in the treatment of CKD and  other associated kidney diseases in South Africa. Method: This article summarises previous research (2010–2021) on the impact of  traditional plant-based medicine in CKD treatment and identifies the context between  traditional and conventional medicines. Various scientific databases were used to source  key literature. Results: The findings of this study revealed 10 medicinal plant species from nine different  botanical families that are commonly used for the treatment of CKD and other kidney-related  diseases in South Africa. In addition, the study demonstrated that despite medicinal plants  having toxic impacts, they were still the preferred choice of medication for CKD, especially in  developing countries. Conclusion: It is crucial to validate the balance between the risks and benefits of medicinal  plants in CKD treatment to further enhance the credibility of medical plants in drug  development. Contribution: This study contributes to the existing knowledge of medicinal plants used in  CKD treatment primarily in South Africa.