Kidney Care - Kidney & Bladder Support Formula
Viable Herbal Solutions understands today's issues regarding better health and well-being, and we offer you the benefit of our personal, technical & professional experience through the various products we provide. This brief overview is designed as an introduction to the historical benefits of common herbs and plants which are used to produce Kidney Care Kidney & Bladder Support Formula.
Burdock Root is a carrot-like root from the plant Arctium lappa, a biennial herb grown in China, Europe and the United States. Employed as a popular folk medicine around the world, burdock is also consumed as a vegetable in Japan, where it is called 'gobo'. The volatile oils of Burdock seeds are said to be an effective diaphoretic, used to inducing sweating as an aid in neutralizing and eliminating toxins from the body. This activity is widely utilized by herbal practitioner's in support of treatments for liver problems, gallstones, flu, and the kidneys. Studies of Burdock show that it is high in minerals, being a good source of iron. Data also indicates that the root is a good source of the carbohydrate inulin which can account for 45% of the plant mass.
Carrot is an annual or bennial herb, with an erect, much-branched stem, arising from a thick, fleshy tap-root. Carrot is valued as food mainly because it is a rich source of the fat-soluble hydrocarbon, C40H56, the 13 form of which is the precursor of vitamin A. Carrots contain a variety of carotenoids that are responsible for the typical colors of the root. The main pigments of orange carrot are a- and 13-carotene. The seed oil has a sweet anise like odor and the main components identified were 13-bisabolene, Cis and trans - asarene, asarone aldehyde and phenolic compounds such as eugenol 2-hydroxy-4-rnethoxyacetophenone and vanillin. Carrot seeds are aromatic, stimulant and carminative. They are reported to be useful in diseases of the kidney and in dropsy. The seeds are reported to exhibit anti-fertility activity. The Ethanolic extracts of seeds showed diuretic activity. The essential oil from leaves and seeds showed antifungal activity, used as a sunscreen and fragrance component in soaps, creams and lotions. The Aqueous extract of carrot showed hepatoprotective activity. Medicinally used herb as a diuretic, stimulant, treatment of dropsy, flatulence, chronic coughs, dysentery, windy colic, chronic renal diseases and a host of other uses. They possess strong antiseptic qualities, used as a laxative, vermifuge, poultice and treatment of liver conditions. In days gone they grated raw carrot and gave to children to expel worms, and the pulped juice was used as a cataplasm for application to ulcers and sores.
Chamomile is one of the best-known "cure-alls". It is a bitter tonic with many proven properties, including antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and very good sedative properties. Other proven actions of this herb include anti-ulcer, antibacterial, and anti-mycotic effects. The traditional roles of a bitter, including a stimulating effect on the liver, have also been firmly established. Chamomile has had other important historical functions, the most significant of which were believed to be anti-tumor, or anti-cancer, properties. Cultures as divergent as Western Europe, Russia, and India have all used Chamomile for very similar tonic purposes down through the centuries.
Cornsilk is a diuretic, and acts much like parsley in this formulation. Cornsilk is both mild and non-toxic, and is contained in several over-the-counter (OTC) type diuretic products in Europe and America (where it use to be an officially recognized medicinal agent), and is also popular in China. Most herbalists around the world agree that Cornsilk directly reduces painful symptoms and swelling due to several inflammatory conditions, including cystitis, pyelitis, oligouria. hepatitis, and all edematous conditions.
Cranberry has a long history of use as a natural way to promote urinary tract health. But it's difficult to drink enough Cranberry juice each day to get the benefits. Plus, commercially prepared Cranberry juice is high in sugar and full of empty calories. Luckily, a variety of Cranberry alternatives are available to make it healthy and easy to care for your urinary health.
Dandelion Root acts by straining and filtering toxins & wastes from the bloodstream. Dandelion exhibits hypoglycemic effects in experimental animals, and its beneficial effects on liver complaints have been well documented by both Asian practitioners and American physicians. It stimulates bile production, and helps the body get rid of excess water produced by the diseased liver. Dandelion extracts are said to also benefit the spleen, and improve the health of the pancreas. Dandelion Root has also been shown to have potential for fighting cancer. It is important to note here that this herb has been shown to uniformly remedy chronic liver congestion, and has also been used in medical practice to successfully treat hepatitis, swelling of the liver, jaundice, and dyspepsia with deficient bile secretion.
Goldenrod is useful for the treatment of upper respiratory catarrh, whether acute or chronic. Goldenrod helps to thin mucus secretions and relieve congested mucus. It promotes urination, cleans the kidneys, reduces inflammation, and prevents infection. Goldenrod also helps with hayfever.
Gravel Root exhibits diuretic, anti-lithic, and anti-rheumatic properties. Gravel Root is used primarily for kidney stones or gravel. In urinary infections such as cystitis and urethritis, Gravel Root may be used with benefit. Ellingwood considered it to have the following symptomatology: "Irritation of the bladder in women from displacement and chronic inflammation of the uterus; and suppression of urine, partial or complete, during or after pregnancy." He recommends Gravel Root in the following conditions: dropsy, strangury, gravel, hematuria, disease of the kidney and bladder from an excess of uric acid, chronic endometriosis, leucorrhoea, chronic uterine disease, threatened abortion, ovarian and uterine atony, dysmenorrhoea, dysuria, constant desire to urinate, intermittent fever, and severe bone pains.
Horsetail is a rush-like perennial related to ferns. The hollow, jointed stems of this flowerless plant contain large amounts of silica and silicic acids (5-8%). Silica is used by the body in the production and repair of connective tissues while accelerating the healing of broken bones. Our bodies use silica to maintain and repair the nails, hair, skin, eyes and cell walls. Horsetail is also used for its diuretic and astringent properties, making it a useful treatment for cystitis, bladder and prostate problems, and kidney stones. Horsetail (silica) reduces the risk of excessive bleeding and contributes to the building of healthy blood cells. Research has shown that Horsetail increases the number of phagocytes (enzymes that kill germs and other foreign substances), which improves the functioning of the entire immune system. Horsetail contains 5% of the saponin equisetonin, and several flavane glycosides, including isoquercitrin, galuteolin, and equisetrin, which most likely account for its diuretic activity. Horsetail also contains aconitic acid, calcium, PABA, fatty acids, fluorine, Vitamin B-5 and zinc.
Hydrangea is an old native North American remedy for urinary stones, adopted by settlers and later established in herbal medicine. This herb has also been used historically for effectively treating kidney and bladder stones, cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and edema. Hydrangea is a sweet, pungent herb that is both antiseptic and diuretic, and has the ability to soothe irritated tissues and reduce the formation of urinary stones. The plant, which has white undersides to the leaves, is occasionally grown for foliage effect. Its cultivars have some of the largest flower heads of the species, consisting almost entirely of sterile flowers.
Juniper Berry as a medicinal remedy, has a long history of use employed as a treatment for numerous diseases by ancient Greek and Arab healers, as well as native American Indians. Juniper Berries contain a volatile oil, terpinen-4, that acts as a kidney irritant to stimulate increased kidney filtration and output. For this reason Juniper is commonly utilized as a diuretic to treat conditions involving the kidneys and bladder, to increase urine output, and for relief from symptoms of gout and kidney stones. While generally recognized as a safe herb, pregnant women are cautioned to avoid consuming Juniper products due to the likelihood of increased contractions of the uterus.
Marshmallow in an herbal form might sound unusual to someone unfamiliar with herbology. But long before the white squishy balls were sitting in supermarket stores, the plant was growing in marshes. The plant is a member of the mallow family, which prefers wet places such as marshes for its habitat - hence the name. Its high mucilage content makes it an appropriate supplement for the respiratory system.
Parsley is the foremost diuretic to be recommended when urination is painful and incomplete due to an enlarged prostate squeezing the urethra so tightly that urination is difficult. The presence of apiol and myristicin as well as other flavonoids in Parsley will stimulate urination and provide relief. There is much talk of overdoses of pure apiol being harmful to the kidneys and liver. However, one need not fear poisoning from the plant itself. Parsley works best in blends with other herbs, such as Buchu and Cornsilk.
Rehmannia Root is native to China, Japan, and Korea. Rehmannia is a perennial herb with reddish-violet flowers. This plant contains Vitamins A, B, C, and D, amino acids, cerebroside, dammelittoside, melittoside, rehmaglitin, and other substances that have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. In Oriental medicine, the Root is used to replenish vitality, strengthen the liver, kidney, and heart, and for treatment of a variety of ailments like diabetes, constipation, anemia, urinary tract problems, dizziness, and regulation of menstrual flow. In China, Rehmannia Root is often recommended for insomnia, restlessness, night sweats, chronic fever, and hot flashes.
Uva Ursi is also referred to as Bearberry, Mountain Cranberry and Mealberry. The leaves of this small shrub have been used as an herbal folk medicine for centuries as a mild diuretic and astringent, and in the treatment of urinary tract infections such as cystitis, urethritis and nephritis. Uva-Ursi contains a plant glycoside, arbutin, which breaks down in the body to form hydroquinone, a chemical compound that serves as an effective urinary antiseptic and astringent. Uva-Ursi contains other compounds, among them ursolic acid, which are also known to be effective diuretics.
Chondroitin Sulfates act like "water magnets" within joint cartilage (whereas glucosamine helps to form the proteoglycans that sit within the spaces in the cartilage 'netting' to act like "water holders"). A long chain of repeating sugars, Chondroitin helps attract fluid into the proteoglycan molecules, which acts both as a spongy shock absorber for the bones, and also as a mechanism to sweep body nutrients into the cartilage for nourishment & lubrication. Additionally, Chondroitin inhibits the destructive action of certain enzymes which naturally degenerate the cartilage, interferes with other natural enzymes which tend to impede the transport of nutrients to cartilage, stimulates the production of cartilage matrix molecules, and enhances synergistically the action of the glucosamines.
Magnesium compounds are classified as minerals. In nutrition, the term "minerals" refers to chemical elements that are necessary for proper functioning of the body. Our supply of minerals comes almost exclusively through the food chain - plants take them from the ground and incorporate them into organic compounds that we consume by eating either the plants or the animals that ate the plants. The main exception is table salt, which provides sodium and chlorine (and iodine if iodized) in inorganic form. Minerals are grouped into two types: macrominerals are found in relatively large amounts in the body; microminerals are found in smaller amounts (less than .005 percent of body weight).
Along with three microminerals (cobalt, molybdenum, and selenium) macrominerals of specific importance to good health include calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and sulfur. Magnesium occurs in both plant and animal tissue. It is essential as an enzyme activator, and is involved in the formation & maintenance of body protein.
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) is necessary for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration, and growth. It aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Foods high in riboflavin are milk, yogurt, cheeses, meat, leafy green vegetables, whole and enriched grains.
Vitamin B-6 is necessary for the synthesis & breakdown of amino acids, the building blocks of protein; aids in fat and carbohydrate metabolism; aids in the formation of antibodies; maintains the central nervous system; aids in the removal of excess fluid of premenstrual women; promotes healthy skin; reduces muscle spasms, leg cramps, hand numbness, nausea & stiffness of hands; helps maintain a proper balance of sodium & phosphorous in the body.
Although small amounts occur in most plant and animal tissues, Vitamin B6 is still a relatively little-known vitamin, perhaps because recognized deficiency problems are rare. Vitamin B6 takes part in many enzyme reactions and is particularly important for brain and nervous system functions. Vitamin B6 is water-soluble and is sensitive to oxygen and ultraviolet light. Many other foods contain Vitamin B6, but definitive information is not yet available.
DR. FAIZUL HUQ
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