One herbal property that you should be aware of is diuretics.
Herbs that increase the flow of urine are called diuretics. This is a good thing to know because there are several conditions that may benefit from increased urine flow in order to eliminate toxins from the body through the urine. Some of these include water retention, obesity, lymphatic swelling, infections of the urinary tract, kidney stones, and skin eruptions. Diuretics also support the kidneys to aid in detoxification.
Some diuretic herbs include juniper berries, uva ursi, horsetail, parsley, and burdock. We have our very own diuretic formulas – our Kidney & Bladder Tincture and Kidney Rebuild Tincture. Shop these products on our website here!
When you take a diuretic, it is best to take a demulcent along with it such as slippery elm or marshmallow root. A demulcent relieves irritation and inflammation by coating the tissues with a soothing substance. This can buffer the effects of the diuretic and soothe any inflamed tissues. The kidneys are fragile and therefore it is better to take a gentle approach. We recommend you schedule a Botanical Medicine Consultation so we can assist you in choosing the best herbs for your specific condition. Give us a call at 605-254-1437 or email us at [email protected].
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Amy Willis MH, CTN
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Amy Willis M.H.