On 12/15, I wrote about treatment for Paul's dizziness and hand numbness, and mentioned at the end that the treatment was continued for his kidney problem. This morning, he came to my clinic with the blood test result tested on 12/20/2010. The result showed that his kidney function has been significantly imporved. The following was the data comparison of the test result with the previous ones.
Test date Creatinine GFR
(normal range: 0.7-1.3) (normal range: 90-120)
01/27/2010 1.3 57
09/25/2010 1.5 48
10/18/2010 1.3 57
12/20/2010 1.1 69
Creatinine is a breakdown product of creatine, which is an important part of muscle. It is removed from the body by the kidneys. Creatinine test is used to evaluate kidney function. If kidney function is abnormal, creatinine levels will increase in the blood because less creatinine is released through your urine. Females usually have a lower creatinine than males, because they usually have less muscle mass. Creatinine levels also vary according to a person's size and muscle mass.
GFR is the abbreviation of glomerular filtration rate. GFR test is used to check how well the kidneys are working. Specifically, it estimates how much blood passes through the tiny filters in the kidneys, called glomeruli, each minute.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, normal results range from 90 - 120 mL/min. Older people will have lower normal GFR levels, because GFR decreases with age. Levels below 60 mL/min for 3 or more months are a sign of chronic kidney disease. Those with GFR results below 15 mL/min are a sign of kidney failure.
Paul's last blood test (12/20/2010) showed that his creatinine is within normal range now and his GFR is increased, close to the normal range. This two data indicated that his kidney function has been significant improved. Paul and his wife are very happy. He brought a pot of poinsettia flower to me when he came today. I told him that the treatment is better to continue further for better result.
Treatment reslut from Paul has significant demonstared the advantage of traditional Chinese medicine for health problems that modern medicine unable to treat.
- Willow Liu
- Diamond Bar, California, United States
- I am currently an acupuncturist in my own clinc and a holder of diplomas of Oriental Medical Doctor and Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM). I got my B.S. of Chinese Materia Medica, M.S. of Medicine, Ph.D. of Natural Product Medicine in China, then trained as a post-doctoral research scientist in Columbia University in New York. I was a professor of Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, an AvH research fellow in Dusseldorf University in Germany, a professor in South California University of Health Science in the U.S., and the editor and author of the book: Traditional Herbal Medicine Research Methods-Identification, Analysis, Bioassay, and Pharmacological and Clinical Studies (In English, contracted with John Wiley & Sons, will be published in January 2011). I enjoy to spent time to explore all aspects related to health and illness and to be challenged with diseases or symptoms that allopathic and other doctors failed to treat or relieve. I like to combine the knowledge of traditional and modern medicine in the treatment. Please drag down for the content!