Do you understand what herbal diuretics are? Take a look at this article to understand better and discover a few examples of herbal diuretics as well
The word ‘diuretics’ means the increased production of urine by the kidneys, or the production and elimination of urine by the kidneys. Urine is, for the most part, water with the addition of electrolytes, excess electrolytes and excess minerals, potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, and so on.
Herbal diuretics or any diuretic, whether it’s herbal or pharmaceutical, is designed to help stimulate the kidneys to form and produce urine and to help expel and lessen the water volume in our body, whether it’s contained in tissues or in interstitial areas (which would be edema), or in lessening blood volume.
There are pharmaceutical diuretics, of course, and they work through different pathways.but we’re not talking about that, we’re talking about herbal diuretics.
Know about irritating and non-irritating herbal diuretics
We classify herbal diuretics under a couple of large categories such as irritating and non-irritating diuretics. Irritating herbal diuretics stimulate the kidneys to produce more urine. These herbal diuretics are actually irritating the kidneys towards urination, and for that reason we would not want to utilize these particular herbs on a constitutional basis or on a long-term basis.
Herbal diuretics might be very useful to help with a condition that you’re trying to get ahead of or to resolve.
Terms that would fall into this category include diuretic herbs that have very strong high-level constituents of essential oils, particularly in the cedar family, thus white cedar and juniper berry are both irritating diuretics and therefore should not be used long-term. These herbs, however, can be used very efficiently and effectively for trying to clear an infection. Berberine containing herbs would fall into this category as well. Some other examples of other herbs that fall into this category include goldenseal and goldthread.
Now let’s consider the non-irritating herbal diuretics diuretics, which is what we’re looking for more essentially, and within them also non-irritating potassium enriching diuretics. So many herbs fall into this category of non-irritating herbal diuretics, including dandelion leaf, also dandelion root, but especially the leaf. Not only do these herbs help to stimulate the kidney to produce more urine, but they do not irritate the kidney in doing so. In fact, some of these herbs are actually beneficial and renal protective. Some like dandelion leaves and parsley are so rich in potassium that they actually do not do what pharmaceutical diets are famous for, which is depleting the body of potassium, then entailing that you take potassium pills alongside the pharmaceutical.
Many herbs fall into the category of herbal diuretics, and they’re used frequently for helping to balance water metabolism as well as treat edema or elevated blood pressure due to too much water/blood volume.
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