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Dr. Mariana S. Markell, M.D.

Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist)

Dr. Mariana Markell is a nephrologist practicing in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Markell specializes in the care and treatment of the kidneys. As a nephrologist, Dr. Markell most typically treats conditions like kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, post-kidney transplantation, diabetic nephropathy, acute renal failure, polycystuc kidney disease, high blood pressure and more. Nephrologists are also experts on kidney transplantation and dialysis. They are usually referred to by primary care physicians for problems related to the kidneys, and while they can perform tests to diagnose kidney disorders, they do not perform surgeries.
38 years Experience
Dr. Mariana S. Markell, M.D.
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • New York Med Coll- Valhalla Ny
  • Accepting new patients

Do ayurvedic treatments like massages boost kidney function?

Ayurveda is a system of healing that involves multiple modalities including diet, use of herbs and supplements, and even enemas. There are no published studies suggesting that READ MORE
Ayurveda is a system of healing that involves multiple modalities including diet, use of herbs and supplements, and even enemas. There are no published studies suggesting that any Ayurvedic treatment will "boost" kidney function and in fact any "cleanse" can be harmful if kidney function is low, because of effects on the salts in the blood called electrolytes (like potassium or magnesium). That being said, dietary approaches that include vegetarianism or veganism, which are part of Ayurveda have been shown to prevent worsening of kidney function in some cases, and help with high blood pressure and diabetes control. Also, massage may lower blood pressure, as may meditation by reducing stress hormones, and lower blood pressure helps preserve kidney function.

So, the answer is that I do recommend certain parts of the Ayurvedic tradition including massage, meditation and plant based eating, but I do NOT recommend herbal supplements (except on an individual basis in discussion with a physician) or cleanses. And there is no therapy at this time that will "boost" kidney function, only keep it from getting worse for a time.