2. Hydrangea Root
Hydrangea root is a solvent that may smooth the ragged edges of kidney stones, which will make it easier for your body to excrete them. It also helps the body use calcium properly. Researchers are currently looking into the efficacy of hydrangea root with patients fighting autoimmune diseases, arthritis and diabetes.
The herb is commonly available as tinctures or dried roots in capsules. However, do note that it’s thought to be safe only for a few days, and the dose should be under 2 grams at a time.
This plant seems to have some great health benefits for the kidneys. For starters, it’s used to detoxify the kidneys and tone the urinary extract. Secondly, clinical trials in animals also suggest that goldenrod might reduce inflammation, fight infections and work as a diuretic, which increase the passing of urine.
It’s often taken as a tea or tincture. However, do be careful: allergies to these plants exist and are even quite common. If you’re allergic to ragweed, marigolds or chrysanthemums, it’s better to pass on goldenrod, too.
Horsetail, which is usually taken as either a capsule or a tea, has many benefits to the kidneys. It’s known to reduce edema and bladder and kidney stones, prevent UTI’s and help with incontinence. It’s also a known diuretic and antioxidant.
However, it’s not all rosy with this herb. Horsetail contains something called thiaminase, which breaks down the vitamin thiamine. Therefore, extended use of horsetail may lead to a thiamine deficiency. Also, make sure the horsetail comes from Equisetum arvense, Equisetum hyemale, or Equisetum telmateia. Equisetum palustre is known to be toxic to cattle.
5. Gravel Root
Gravel root or Joe Pye weed has been associated with kidney health for a very long time already. It contains a substance called euparin, which is a solvent that has potent activity against harmful organisms and may protect against kidney infections. It is also used for UTIs, gout and kidney stones.
It can, however, be unsafe to consume if you’re not careful. If you want to try this herb, look for ‘hepatotoxic PA-free’ on the label. Otherwise, it might contain hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids which may cause liver damage.