08 July, 2011
Kidney disease can encompass various disorders involving different kidney functions. In many cases, symptoms are not noticed until the problem is quite severe. Several herbs make excellent medicinal teas that can treat kidney stones and other related ailments. In some cases, the herbal teas may act preventively, helping you avoid long-term difficulties. Herbs can produce side effects, so if you choose to use herbs for prevention or treatment of kidney disorders, consult your health practitioner first.
Chinese rhubarb tea may be useful in end-stage kidney disease, helping to prolong your life by slowing down the progression of kidney failure, according to the “Helio Acupuncture Book, Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica." Chinese rhubarb has been found effective in dissolving several types of kidney stones. You may develop side effects from taking Chinese rhubarb in the form of internal bleeding, diarrhea and cramping. It is necessary to use this herb according to strict dosage guidelines, and you should only use it under the supervision of a trained practitioner familiar with its properties and your case.
Dandelion, the common herb found in many American lawns, possesses exceptional medicinal properties especially suited to urinary tract disorders. Dandelion can be used either as a tincture, a dried herb or cooked like any other leafy, green vegetable. The fresh or dried herb makes a wonderful herbal tea. It stimulates urine output, flushing fluid buildup and toxins from the body and cleansing the kidneys in the process, according to herbalist Phyllis Balch in her book "Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies." Dandelion tea is especially useful when the individual suffers from gout or urate kidney stones, helping to dissolve uric acid deposits in the joints and the kidneys, and flushing the excess during urination. Because dandelion acts as a diuretic, do not use it if you take prescription diuretics, unless under the supervision of your health practitioner.
Marshmallow root tea possesses properties, which may be helpful in flushing kidney stones and treating urethritis. It creates a thin film of mucus known as mucilage that coats the lining of the urinary tract, protecting it from ongoing damage from toxins, according to Balch. In addition to its medicine properties that relieve kidney disorders, marshmallow root also contains compounds that treat the entire digestive tract. There are no known side effects recorded from drinking marshmallow root tea, and it is considered safe when used according to directions from your practitioner.
Buchu contains a volatile oil that possesses antibacterial properties, according to Drugs.com. It is often employed for relief of inflammatory processes in the urinary tract, and may be helpful in the treatment of cystitis, kidney disease and urethritis. It acts as a diuretic. The herb buchu is actually derived from the leaves of three individual plants and combined to make a tea. Buchu tea promotes urine production and flushes the system of toxins. Pregnant or nursing women should not use it. In too high a dose, buchu can cause kidney irritation. Only use buchu under the supervision of a knowledgeable practitioner familiar with its use.
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Urinary Tract Infection in Women
- Drugs.com: Buchu
- "Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: The Definitive Home Reference Guide to 550 Key Herbs with all their Uses as Remedies for Common Ailments"; Andrew Chevallier; 2000
- "Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies"; Phyllis A. Balch; 2002
- “Helio Acupuncture Book, Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica”; Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble; 2003
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