Kidney Herbs for Infection
Artichoke, Globe * Asparagus * Astragalus root * Birch bark & leaf * Chanca Piedra * Cleavers * Corn Silk * Cranberry * Dandelion * Eleuthero ginseng Root * Figwort * Fo-Ti Root * Goldenrod * Horsetail * Joe-pye weed * Oak Bark * Parsley * Pumpkin Seed * Rehmannia root * Sheep Sorrel * Stinging Nettle *
Herbs used for kidney infection and kidney stone treatment are often diuretic, increasing the flow of urine to wash out toxins. They are often blended with demulcents that coat the urinary lining and promote tissue healing. When you drink herbal teas, you get the full benefit of these diuretic and antibacterial herbal properties, while naturally increasing your fluid intake.
Weedy Kidney Medicine Some of the most effective kidney remedies are dismissed by many as common weeds; goldenrod , Joe Pye (Gravel or kidney root) , and stinging nettle are most valued by herbalists for treating kidney infections and dissolving kidney stones, yet all three plants are despised by farmers as useless weeds. Good for kidney and urinary infections and kidney stones, goldenrod also helps to ease backache caused by these conditions. Because of its cleansing and eliminative action, it can also be used to treat RA arthritis. Joe Pye herb is a diuretic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and febrifuge. Gravel root may be used to ease urination in cases where kidney stones are present, and can help relieve edema associated with gout and rheumatism. Mountain Rose Herbs Frequent use of nettle tea, a cup or more daily, rapidly relieves and helps prevent water retention. Nettle is a superb nourisher of the kidneys and adrenals. (Weed, Susun. "New Menopausal Years)
Backyard Wildcrafting Roasted dandelion root, the scourge of suburban lawns everywhere, makes a tasty drink when prepared as an herbal coffee. Dandelion is a gentle laxative, supporting the liver and kidneys and keeping the bowels in a healthy condition. This gentle herb offers great advantages to dyspeptics (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and does not cause wakefulness. Research is ongoing to confirm the traditional use of oak bark decoctions in treating kidney stones. There are indications that the bark not only dissolves stones but also stops the growth of the bacteria surrounding them. Mountain Rose Herbs
Kitchen Helpers Although we tend to think of the artichoke and parsley only in terms of how they taste, these medicinal foods are also used to treat kidney diseases and protein in the urine. Parsley is chiefly used in herbal medicine for its diuretic properties, a strong decoction of the root being of great service in gravel, stone, and jaundice. (Grieve, Maud)
- Bearberry (Uva Ursi) bladder infection tea
- Centaury Tea
- Corn Silk Tea
- Dandelion Tea
- Goldenrod tea
- Marsh Mallow tea
- Parsley root diuretic tea
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- Steven Foster and Yue chongxi. "Herbal Emissaries" Healing Arts Press, (1992) TCM practitioners use eleuthero for lower back or kidney pain, and deficiency of yang in the kidney or spleen
- Weiss, Gaea and Shandor. " The Healing Herbs" Rodale, (1985) Dock root has a reputation as an effective tonic and cleanser for the whole system. Herbalists use it to strengthen the circulatory system, the blood, liver, kidneys, and bladder. Docks effectiveness as a laxative has be substantiated by scientific research.
- . Hydrangea Root and Powder , Mountain Rose Herbs, (): Studies have shown Hydrangea arborescens root to be a powerful antioxidant, lending credence to the its use by American Eclectic physicians, and the Native Cherokee in the treatment of kidney stones,and as a poultice for wounds, burns and sore muscles. Hydrangea root can be prepared in herbal teas, or in sugar syrup, capsules and extracts. The powdered root is most effective as a diuretic.