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What are the best herbs (and foods) to boost kidney function?

Drink your water! Water remains one of the best things you can do to improve kidney function. Without enough water, your kidneys will NOT function properly. Many holistically-trained physicians recommend drinking about your body weight in ounces of pure (clean) water per day. And, of course, avoid drinking tap water for obvious reasons.

A clean source of spring water that has been properly tested for impurities is a great way to stay hydrated. If you cant get good quality spring water; then you may want to invest in a reverse osmosis (RO) water purification unit which can be attached to your sink or, if you can spend the money, get a system for the entire house.

You can also drink unsweetened herbal teas. Just make sure you avoid caffeine and sugary drinks, since these can be dehydrating. And, by all means, do NOT drink (or eat) any product with artificial sweeteners which is extremely toxic to the entire body.

Watermelon is a wise choice. This delicious, hydrating treat is an excellent kidney tonic. It has diuretic properties, so it helps your body produce more urine. The more urine you excrete, the more waste products are being removed from your body which is good for your overall health and well-being. Even the National Kidney Foundation recommends a watermelon spritzer for better kidney health. Of course, a diet filled with water-rich vegetables (and fruits) would be ideal much better than drinking spritzers for health.

Give yourself a squeeze of lemon. Half a cup of lemon juice, per day, will help prevent kidney stones from forming. Simply add it to water and let it dilute so you can drink it easily without it being too sour.

Lemon juice is a simple, inexpensive way to safeguard your health. Dr. Allan Jhagroo, a kidney health specialist at the University of Wisconsin, recommends sugar-free lemonade to his kidney stone patients. Again, just be sure that none of your sugar-free drinks containaspartame which is a neurotoxin.

Ginger is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb which helps to effectively move toxins through the kidneys. There is plenty of research to suggest that ginger has a positive effect on kidney function. You can use it in a variety of ways, such as an extract or as a daily tea. You can also chop it up raw and put it in salads and smoothies to get the same kidney boosting benefits.

Best of all, unlike toxic pharmaceutical drugs, none of these suggestions increase your risk of sickness or disease symptoms. Remember, healthy kidney function is a must for strength and vitality. So, stay hydrated and be well.


The 10 Best Herbs for Kidney Cleansing

Published on May 16, 2014, Last Updated on August 7, 2014

Bean-shaped and located along the posterior side of the abdomen, the kidneys have the heavy responsibility of removing waste and toxins from the bloodstream. These vital organs work with other organs to regulate blood pressure, increase red blood cell production, and synthesize vitamin D. A healthy diet, exercise, and staying hydrated are essential for supporting your kidneys. For a little extra help, consider the following kidney cleansing herbs.

1. Chanca Piedra

Chanca piedra, or stone breaker, is a favorite in South America for supporting the kidneys and clinical trials have confirmed the plants effectiveness. [1] [2] Its common in the region and its widespread use has earned it a positive reputation in Ayurvedic medicine as a helpful herb for kidney, bladder, and liver health.

2. Goldenrod

Goldenrod was used extensively among many Native American tribes for promoting urinary tract health. Research has found that the herb tones the urinary tract and is helpful for detoxifying the kidneys. [3]

3. Hydrangea Root

Hydrangea root was popular among Native Americans and early settlers, both of whom used the plant for promoting kidney and bladder health. Hydrangea root acts as a solvent and is thought to smooth the jagged edges of kidney stones. Hydrangea root also appears to help the body properly use calcium, an action that may be helpful for discouraging kidney stones from forming in the first place. [4]

4. Horsetail

Horsetail is a common weed with diuretic properties; its helpful for increasing urine output to flush the kidneys and urinary tract. Its also an antioxidant and offers that realm of benefits to the kidneys and renal system. [5] Whether consumed as a tea or in a capsule, horsetail is a great herb to add to your diet!

5. Celery Root

Both the root and seeds of celery have been used for centuries as a natural diuretic. What positive feature do diuretics have? They can help your body eliminate toxins by increasing urine output. Celery root has long been considered a stimulating tonic for the kidneys as it contains nutrients like potassium and sodium.

6. Gravel Root

Also known as Joe Pye weed, gravel root has a long history of use by Native Americans and early American colonists for promoting kidney and urinary health. Its effectiveness may be partly due to its euparin content a solvent with potent activity against harmful organisms. [6] This may explain why many believe its effective at discouraging infections.

7. Uva-Ursi

Also called bearberry, uva-ursi has been used by many cultures. Its an astringent that can soothe and tone the urinary tract and research has also found evidence to support its traditional use for cleansing the kidneys. [7]

8. Marshmallow Root

As a soothing herb, marshmallow root may calm the tissues of the urinary tract. [8] Its also a gentle diuretic that encourages urination.

9. Dandelion root

Often mistaken as an annoying weed with no useful purpose, dandelion is actually loaded with benefits both the leaf and the root. [9] Dandelion root, specifically, is a diuretic and promotes waste elimination.

10. Parsley

A favorite herb among chefs, parsley is an aromatic, flavorful herb commonly used in herbal medicine. As a diuretic, its helpful for reducing the build up of toxins in the kidneys and entire urinary tract.

Whats Your Favorite?

How many herbs in this article did you recognize? Have you tried any? There are a supplements available that combine many of these herbs together and make it easy for you, Renaltrex is the kidney support supplement I recommend. It contains the purest ingredients available, is extremely effective, and carefully made in the USA.

If youve used herbs to support kidney health, leave a comment and share your experience with us.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


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2. Barros ME, Lima R, Mercuri LP, Matos JR, Schor N, Boim MA. Effect of extract of Phyllanthus niruri on crystal deposition in experimental urolithiasis. Urological Research. 2006 December;34(6):351-7.

3. Melzig MF. Goldenroda classical exponent in the urological phytotherapy. Wien Med Wochenschr. 2004 Nov;154(21-22):523-7

4. Sen Zhang, Hongqi Xin, Xiaoguang Chen. Skimmin, a Coumarin from Hydrangea paniculata, Slows down the Progression of Membranous Glomerulonephritis by Anti-Inflammatory Effects and Inhibiting Immune Complex Deposition. Evidenced-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine. 2013; 2013: 819296.

5. Cetojevi-Simin DD1, Canadanovi-Brunet JM, Bogdanovi GM, Djilas SM, Cetkovi GS, Tumbas VT, Stojiljkovi BT. Antioxidative and antiproliferative activities of different horsetail (Equisetum arvense L.) extracts. J Med Food. 2010 Apr;13(2):452-9. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2008.0159.

6. Mara Florencia Visintini Jaime, Rodolfo H. Campos, Liliana V. Muschietti.Antipoliovirus Activity of the Organic Extract of Eupatorium buniifolium: Isolation of Euparin as an Active Compound. Evidenced-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine. 2013; 2013: 402364.

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Herbs for Improving Kidney Function

Last Updated: Jul 23, 2015 | By Sarah Terry


Many herbs can improve kidney function. Most herbs do so in preventing common kidney and urinary-tract infections or by acting as a diuretic to flush out excess fluid and kidney stones. Some herbs act in more of a preventive capacity--some in an ongoing health-boosting capacity and others as treatments of existing kidney problems.


The use of cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) in both juice and dried form is likely the most commonly known natural remedy for treating and preventing kidney problems. Cranberry fruits can treat bladder and kidney diseases, as well as prevent urinary