If you like the idea of natural cures, you may be looking for the best herbs for kidney disease. Many people believe herbs are natures medicine and believe there’s a specific herbs or herbs for every problem we will face.
There are plenty of them that will do wonders for your kidneys and help you overcome this problem. In this article we’ll take a look at the top 7 for kidney disease and:
- How to take them
- Dangers and precautions
- Plus a few other helpful hints to try out
Before we get into everything let’s look why a person may develop kidney issues and some of the symptoms.
Causes And Symptoms Of Kidney Disease
There are many causes of kidney disease and can follow infections of the throat and skin. It can also be associated with other diseases such as influenza, pneumonia, and typhoid. Alcoholic drinks, tea, coffee and spices may also contribute. Unfortunately prescription medicines and ibuprofen can too.
Lack of blood flow to the kidneys and actual direct damage can be a source. So can back up of urine. Major loss of blood, dehydration, blocked urine from prostate problems contribute.
- Loss of appetite
- Dry skin
- Shortness of breath
- Palpation of the heart
- Swelling of the ankles or eyes
- Pain in kidney or blood in the urine
- Unusual paleness
- Chills, headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting
Your kidneys are extremely important to your health and loss of use can be extremely debilitating and even cause death. You kidneys are responsible for cleaning your blood, balancing salt and minerals in your blood and help control your blood pressure.
If you think you have kidney problems it’s extremely important to get a proper diagnosis before you do anything. If you wait too long to treat this issue, you may damage kidneys for life. Only after a proper diagnosis should you consider using herbs.
Alright, let’s get into some herbs now.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
Common Names: Yellow paint root, orange root, yellow puccoon, ground raspberry, eye root, yellow Indian plant, tumeric root, Ohio, curcuma, eye balm, yellow eye, jaundice root.
Part Used: Root.
Medicinal Properties: Laxative, tonic, alterative, detergent, opthalmicum, antiperiodic, aperient, diuretic, antiseptic, deobstruent
Description And Uses: This is the only herb on the list that you will need to combine with other herbs, and should be combined with peach leaves, queen of the meadow, clover, and corn silk; the combination is especially good for kidney problems.
Goldenseal is one of the most useful and most recognized herbs in the herbal kingdom. Many people consider it a “cure all” because of all the diseases and problems it helps with.
It’s extremely important to remove all poisons and toxins from the body so they don’t further infect the kidneys. This means making sure you go to the bathroom often and keep your skin extremely clean. Goldenseal exceeds in both and will aid in digestion and is great for all skin diseases.
Goldenseal is quite expensive as a result of over harvesting. Many products claim to contain goldesnseal but usually contain so little it doesn’t have much of an effect on the body. If you do obtain the root, don’t take if you are pregnant and don’t take too much daily; it can be quite strong. Also, give yourself some rest with it after long periods of taking.
Saw Palmetto Berries (Serenoa serrulata)
Common Names: Pan Palm, Dwarf palmetto
Part Used: Berries
Medicinal Properties: Antiseptic, sedative, cardiac, tonic, diuretic
Description and Uses: Saw palmetto is well known to help with an enlarged prostate which can cause urinary and kidney problems. These helpful berries will also curb frequent urination and ensure you empty you bladder completely.
Saw palmetto is also useful in asthma, throat troubles, colds, bronchitis and coughs. It’s very helpful with excessive mucous discharge from the sinuses and nose. It’s has proven value in all diseases of the reproductive organs, ovaries, prostate, and testes.
Some people believe it to be a powerful aphrodisiac. People on other BPH medications should consult their doctor before taking these berries. Side effects are mild and include upset stomach and headache.
Uva-Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
Common Names: Bearberry, upland cranberry, universe vine, mountain cranberry, mountain box, wild cranberry, bear’s grape, kinnpikinnick, mealberry, sagackhomi, red bearberry, arberry.
Part Used: Leaves.
Medicinal Properties: Diuretic, astringent, tonic, mucilaginous
Description and Uses: Uva-ursi has been used for over a thousand years by the Chinese and Native Americans. It’s healing powers for the kidney have been known by those cultures for a long time. It’s also very effective in all urinary problems, which could make kidney problems worst.
It is proven very effective in UTI’s and in some cases, more effective than pharmaceutical options. For it to be helpful for urinary problems your urine must be alkaline. This means you must avoid acidic foods, supplements and citrus fruits.
Additionally many believe this herb can be helpful in:
- Mucous discharge from the bladder with pus and blood
- Excessive menstruation
- Spleen, liver and pancreas problems
Uva-ursi can turn urine a dark green and this is completely normal and not harmful. If you take the recommended dosage you will be fine, with upset stomach being a possibility.
Steep a heaping teaspoonful in a point of boiling water for thirty minutes and drink one half cupful every 4 hours. Take 1 to 2 daily in capsule form.
Wild Alum Root (Geranium maculatum)
Common Names: Cranesbill, spotted cranebill, geranium, wild geranium, tormentil, spotted geranium, wild dovefoot, American tormentil, storksbill, wild cranesbill, crow foot, American kino root.
Part Used: Root.
Medicinal Properties: Astringent, styptic, antiseptic
Description and Uses: Just like uva-ursi it is really useful in kidney disease and helpful in mucous and pus in the bladder and intestines. For mucous discharges it can be combined equal parts with goldenseal with excellent results.
It has many uses and can be used internally and externally. It can be used as a rinse for sores in your mouth and bleeding gums. Also, it’s excellent in hemorrhaging, bleeding wounds, nosebleeds, and profuse menstruation. It can relieve hemorrhoids and piles too.
Make sure to give yourself some breaks after prolonged use. Generally you can steep a heaping teaspoonful in a cup of boiling water for thirty minutes. Drink 1 to 2 cupfuls a day, a large mouthful at a time. Children should drink less according to age.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Common Names: Milfoil, noble yarrow, nosebleed, millefolium, ladies’ mantle, thousand leaf, old man’s pepper, thousand seal, soldier’s woundwort.
Part Used: Entire Plant.
Medicinal Properties: Astringent, tonic, alterative, diuretic, vulnerary, diaphoretic
Description and Uses: This is very effective for kidney disease and kidney problems. It also helps with mucous discharge from the bladder and suppressed urine. I hope you are seeing a common connection between all the herbs; they help with mucous discharge and urination. it’s extremely important to be internally clean and to not infect the kidney further.
It’s also helpful in diabetes and breaking up colds in their beginning stages. In fevers it opens the pores to release toxins and improve circulation.
It’s good with:
- Chicken pox
- Hemorrhages of the lung and bowels
- Digestion problems
- Wounds and open cuts
It’s also extremely effective in stress, anxiety and insomnia. Yarrow has a very sedating chemical known as throne. Yarrow is FDA approved to be used in beverages and is generally considered safe. Always ask a doctor if you are on other medications or pregnant.
Side effects are rare if you take recommended dosage but include rash and diareahha.
Steep a heaping teaspoonful in a cup of boiling water for thirty minutes. Drink 3 or 4 cups a day an hour before meals, and one upon retiring. It must be given warm to be effective. You can add sugar, lemon or honey to improve flavor. Use 1/2 teaspoon to a full teaspoon of the tincture 3 times a day.
Peach (Amygdalus persica)
Part Used: Bark, leaves, twigs, and kernels
Medicinal Properties: Relaxant, demulcent, sedative, aromatic, laxative, diuretic, expectorant.
Description and Uses: You will be using the leaf, blossom and twigs for kidney problems. Most people just think of the peach fruit but the leaves have tremendous medicinal value; you should gather them any chance you get.
Like every herb on this list they are extremely helpful in urinary issues. They can also relieve pain in the pelvic area which happens during kidney problems.
The leaves help with coughs, bronchitis, stop vomiting, and with morning sickness during pregnancy. It’s also healing for irritation in the lining of your stomach. Some believe if you boil the buds in vinegar it can make a good remedy for baldness and spark hair growth.
If you are making an infusion, steep one level teaspoonful of the leaves in a cup of water, or one ounce of the leaves to a pint of boiling water. Take two or threes cups during the day as needed, taking the first cup before breakfast.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Common Names: Brandy mint, balm mint, curled mint, lamb mint
Part Used: Leaves, oil
Medicinal Properties: Aromatic, stimulant, stomachic, carminative, rubefacient
Descriptions and Used: This is a well known remedy and has tremendous medicinal value. Besides being an excellent stimulant it is well known to help with:
- Digestion Problems
- Irritable syndrome
- General Pain
You should replace all coffee and teas with peppermint tea. It’s delicious and strengthens your heart. It also strengthens and cleanses your entire body. There aren’t really any side effects, sensitive people may get irritated skin.
Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried peppermint for every boiling cup of water. Steep for 10 minutes and strain. You can drink up to 3 cups a day.
How To Take These Herbs And Dangers
I included popular ways of taking each herb in the descriptions above. There are more than one way to take herbs though, and popular ways include:
- Infusions (for flowers, leaves, stems
- Decoctions (The harder stuff like roots and bark)
I created an in depth guide that describes each version and how much of the herb you will need and how long it takes. You can read it by clicking below:
Learn More About Herbal Preparations
Typically herbs are safer than over the counter drugs and prescription medicines; the latter two are made with harmful chemicals that weren’t meant to be in the body. Every pill comes with a price and takes you farther and farther from optimal health.
However you have to make sure to always take the recommended dosage of any herb and to respect their strength. Don’t combine herbs with drugs, they don’t mix well. Also, consult a doctor before taking if you are pregnant.
When giving to children, weak or debilitated people and the elderly give 1/3rd to 2/3rd of the recommended dosage. Pay attention to your body and how it reacts and act accordingly.
Other Helpful Hints
You are going to want to keep good hygiene and evacuate the bowels regularly; you need to eliminate all toxins to avoid further infection. Take a warm shower everyday to keep the skin clean and drink 2 to 3 cups of pleurisy root and sage tea during. This will open the pores and cause perspiration which is excellent for removing all poisons from the body.
Finish the shower with cold water and thoroughly dry off. This will close the pores and tone up the body.
You want your diet light and nourishing. Eliminate all stimulating and heavy foods during this time. Restrict food with lots of salt and protein. Sprouted soybeans and lentils may be eaten.
These foods are particularity good:
- Vegetable broths
- Fruit juices (avoid citrus fruits if using uva-ursi)
Try and not to mix vegetables and fruits during the same meal.
A Few More Words
I hope you learned something new after reading this and are encouraged by it. Herbs are a gift and the way nature intends to cure. Be sure to check with your doctor before you self medicate, especially when it comes to your kidneys.
If you are looking to purchase any of these herbs I would like to recommend Starwest Botanicals. This is where I buy my herbs and they have never disappointed. They are one of the biggest suppliers of herbs and herbal products and come with 100% satisfaction gurantee.
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Natural remedies and cures just come across as being much more pleasant that artificially created ones. I didn’t know until now that there was so many natural herbs that are useful for kidney disease. Seeing peppermint on this list was a surprise for me. This would be a very helpful page for someone in this condition.
there are literally thousands of herbs. Way more than one person could really know. They are fascinating though and very relieving
Wow, what a great source of information you have provided here! There is so much that I learned and I am going to print this off so I can refer to it.
I always knew that herbs are beneficial, but I had no idea to what extent! All the extra tips you’ve given are very helpful as well.
It’s good to know that herbs and medications do not go well together – I didn’t realize that. Thank you for such a wonderful article, I’m sure many people are going to benefit from it!
Thanks! Make sure to keep checking in for more herb information. There’s so much out there