Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
The creatinine in my blood has been measured at 5.8. How can I lower the creatinine in my blood?
A: Creatinine is a breakdown byproduct of creatine phosphate, which is produced in the muscle at a constant rate. The kidneys are responsible for filtering this byproduct out and excreting it through urine. Normal levels should be between 0.8 and 1.5. If the kidney function is compromised, the filtration is impeded, which causes blood levels to rise. Depending on the specific condition, this could be as simple as dehydration or a urinary bladder obstruction, or it could be as severe as glomerulonephritis or kidney failure. My suggestion if to determine the cause of the elevated measurement first; consult with your primary physician to rule out serious kidney dysfunctions.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and herbal formulas can assist in strengthening your kidney functions and promoting proper excretion. However, you should consult with your primary physician first.