Kidney cleansing herbs are beneficial to urinary tract. They may prompt elimination of toxic waste through urine as well as dissolve kidney stones and crystals.
Kidney FunctionThe kidneys are organs that process blood to filter out waste products and extra water. During breakdown of protein, the kidneys eliminate waste matter and toxins such as urea, ammonia, bacterial toxins, hydrogen, electrolytes, heat, and carbon dioxide. Apart from this function, the kidneys control blood pH by regulating amounts of solutes and ions. They maintain body’s fluid balance by removing excess fluid from the body. The kidneys produce hormone renin and angiotensin which help to control the blood pressure. These organs also produce hormone known as erythropoietin that stimulates production of red blood cells. Another hormone that the kidneys produce is called calcitriol that regulates the levels of phosphate and calcium in the blood. Active form of vitamin D is created with the help of this hormone.Kidney Cleansing Herbs
Herbal diuretics are used for relieving symptoms of many conditions including high blood pressure (hypertension), fluid retention (edema), arthritis, urinary stones and the urinary tract infections such as cystitis. Diuretics prompt urination thereby encourage removal of waste products from the body. Some herbs act as urinary antiseptics and herbs beneficial to mucous lining of the urinary tract. These herbs prevent formation of the stones in the urinary tract.
Several herbs are beneficial to kidneys and the urinary tract. Most of them are herbal diuretics with antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
This herb is a tonic diuretic. Couch grass relieves irritation, congestion and inflammation. It is helpful in urinary infections. Couch grass has antibiotic quality and it is used in inflammatory processes such as rheumatism. It may help for kidney or bladder irritation.
Uva ursi is the most often used diuretic. This herb has antiseptic quality and contains chemical that promotes growth of healthy cells. It is effective in fighting against kidney infections such as E. coli, proteus, klebsiella, staphylococcus and pseudomonas. However, when the infection spreads to the urinary tract uva ursi shouldn’t be used.
Horsetail has an astringent property in the genitourinary system. This herb is a mild diuretic. It is used for inflammations such as rheumatism. It can lower the level of lead in the body as well. Horsetail has been traditionally used for cystitis, prostatic enlargement, prostatitis, blood in the urine, irritable bowel, edema in the lower limbs, arthritis and urethritis.
Well known diuretic that is used as a remedy for urinary stones and edema is parsley. It shouldn’t be used in pregnancy.
Nettle, as a diuretic, prompts elimination of uric acid. It has an antibacterial effect and may be used for treating arthritis, rheumatism, chronic cystitis and prostatic hypertrophy.
Corn SilkCorn silk is a remedy for inflammation of the urinary tract, cystitis, prostatitis, urethritis, night time urination and edema. This herb is a diuretic with antiseptic and antibiotic effect.