Herbal remedies can be used to prevent disease as well as provide effective treatment for existing conditions. There are thousands of different herbs that have been used for centuries to provide support to the immune system and assist with general health and wellbeing, and a few can be used to target specific organs within the body. Those who are seeking a natural and effective way to cleanse and strengthen the liver, kidneys and bladder have a wide range of choices when it comes to herbal medicine. It is advisable to consult with a knowledgeable herbalist before starting any new form of herbal treatment.
Cranberries offer many benefits to the urological system, and are a delicious way to provide support for your bladder. According to the Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook, cranberry juice can help protect against urinary tract infections and also reduce inflammation within the body. It is rich in antioxidants, anthocyanins and provides a healthy source of vitamin C. The British Journal of Urology states that several glasses of cranberry juice per day will help to reduce your chances of developing bladder infections and kidney stones.
This herb is useful for protecting the liver and should be taken by those suffering from hepatitis, liver failure, diabetes, cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. Milk Thistle can help to slow the breakdown of the liver, in some cases, and provides a non-toxic and natural way to slow the progression of liver disease. According to the National Library of Medicine, Milk Thistle is an effective antidote for those who have ingested Amanita phalloides commonly known as Death Cap mushrooms. Administering Milk Thistle within 24 hours will reduce the risk of long-term damage to the liver and occasionally, even death.
Astragulus and Angelica Root
These two potent herbs have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine and can help repair damaged tissues and increase kidney function. When used together, the First Hospital and Institute of Nephrology in China claim that they can protect against reduced blood and oxygen supply to the kidneys. A doctor who is experienced in Chinese medicine can advise you on the correct dosage for your condition.
The University of Maryland Medical Center states that dandelion is a natural diuretic and an effective weapon against edema which is a swelling caused by fluid retention. It stimulates and nourishes the bladder and kidneys and allows them to perform their task of eliminating waste from the body. It is an excellent herb for treating any conditions concerning the urinary tract, but should not be taken by those using diuretics without the advice of a health practitioner.
Mayo Clinic: Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
“Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments”; Milk Thistle: Effects on Liver Disease; Valerie Lawrence, M.D., M. Sc., et al.; October 2000 (National Library of Medicine)
British Journal of Urology; Influence of Cranberry Juice on the Urinary Risk Factors for Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stone Formation; T. McHarg; October 2003
Chinese Medical Journal; Astragali and Angelica Protect the Kidney Against Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury and Accelerate Recovery; Q Cai, et at.; February 2001
University of Maryland Medical Center: Dandelion
The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook: Your Everyday Reference to the Best Herbs for Healing; James Duke; 2002
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