Chinese medicine holds hope preventing polycystic kidney disease

There was increasing evidence that Lei Gong Teng (Radix Tripterygii Wilfordii) treats arthritis effectively. It has been used to treat cancer, inflammation, and auto-immune diseases and, more recently, also has been tested in Phase I clinical trials as an anti-tumour agent. This new study found that this Chinese medicine also may stop cyst formation in polycystic kidney disease.

The research holds out hope for what would be the first treatment for the disease other than kidney transplant or frequent dialysis.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers led by researcher Dr. Craig Crews at Yale University.

“If we were able to slow the rate of cyst formation by even 10 percent a year, compounded annually, patients would not die from this disease. A relatively small effect would have an enormous clinical benefit,” Crews said.

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  • Anonymous

    I have PKD and just started acpuncture for blood pressure. Is ther more info on acupuncture and PKD?


    If your acupuncturist is qualified in Chinese Herbal Medicine do discuss it with him. Alternatively seek a qualified TCM herbalist.

  • Lisakramer_hunt

    Hi Dr. Vitalis,
    I am an acupuncturist practicing in Canada and am wondering if you have more information regarding acupunture treatment for polycystic kidneys, ie specific case studies, points found useful, etc.

    • Vitalis

      Hi Lisa,
      The best place to start your research is The other place is
      If you find anything interesting, please post it here! 🙂