Some genuine well-wisher would come to know about the treatment. They would have heard about it from someone who claimed to know someone who benefited. They would call or send a message that I 'have to try this'. We would all get excited. We would go and meet the person who gave the medicines - the nature of this person varied from a practitioner of the methodology to a businessman to a complete quack.
They would give us the medicines. Give us a chart of the diet restrictions. And give us false hopes that I would be cured in a certain amount of time. Many of them did not charge any money for their medicines. That gave the whole thing an aura of respectability.
"If they are not doing this for money, it has to be genuine."
As I keep stressing in many of my posts, there is an undeniable, much stronger mental impact in a chronic disease like this. These alternate therapies literally rape your mind repeatedly. There is so much hope to start with. You subject yourself to severe diet restrictions in addition to the restrictions imposed by the regular doctors. You bear everything. To what end? Nothing comes out of it. Within a few weeks or months, you start losing hope and eventually give up. Only to pick up another thread a little later.
One major problem I have with these people is that many of them have no basis behind their assurances. It's like they all want to try their therapies on me. If it works, great. If not, no harm done. My family and I gave a lot of respect to these practitioners. More than the conventional allopathic doctors.
I have yet to see for myself anyone being cured of kidney disease by any alternate therapy.
Its not as if I believe that there is no substance in alternate therapies. But it is extremely difficult to find the right practitioners. I wonder why this whole industry is unregulated. There are no standards, no formal books or established procedures. Yet thousands of gullible sufferers including me go to these people again and again in the hope that their conditions will be cured.
We are all looking for light at the end of the tunnel, not realizing that this tunnel is not so short.