Diuretics are herbs that increase the flow of urine. They allow the body to eliminate fluids without losing minerals, which is usually the case with diuretic medications.
Ailments used to address
Diuretics are used to treat fluid retention, obesity, bloating, lymphatic swellings, swollen feet, dropsy, edema, congestive heart failure, nerve inflammations such as lumbago and sciatica, infections of the urinary tract, high blood pressure, skin eruptions, and kidney stones. Diuretics can paired with demulcents, especially when dealing with kidney stones.
Some diuretics work well especially with discomforts pertaining to particular areas of the body such as Circulatory system (Lily of the Valley, Broom, Dandelion and Yarrow); Digestive system (Agrimony, Blue Flag, Boldo, Borage, Dandelion, Parsley); Respiratory system (Cleavers, Elder, Yarrow); Reproductive system (Bearberry, Saw Palmetto); Muscles and skeleton (Yarrow and Gravel Root); Nervous system (Borage and Bugleweed); Skin (All diuretics but especially Cleavers, Couch grass and Dandelion).
Examples of diuretic herbs
- Elder Berries
- Glavel Root
- Hawthorn Berry
- Hibiscus Flower
- Lily of the Valley
- Nettle Leaf
- Oat Straw
- Red Clover
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