Monday, September 26, 2011

Diuretic herbs

Diuretic herbs are also referred to as aquaretics because they increase urination without depleting electrolyte. These herbs reduce the water retention capacity of the body by causing the individual to urinate more frequently than usual. These herbs decrease the water retention by clearing the excess water present in the tissues. The process of clearing the excess water present in the tissues is referred to as forced diuresis.

Diuretic herbs are used in treating many diseases naturally and most of the times they do not have any side-effects on the human body. The herbs are used as a remedy for many diseases, like, kidney diseases, hypertension, edema, urinary tract infections, etc. The herbs can also be used for the treatment of excess fluid retention, drug overdose, promoting urination, etc. These herbs should be consumed under the supervision of a herbal practitioner or a person qualified in medicine.

Some of the diuretic herbs include saffron, sage, hops, fennel, chicory, mint, hops, skullcap, yarrow, golden seal, dandelion, nettle, marshmallow and spearmint. These herbal diuretics are safe and consumed by many people. Information related to a few of them is underlined below:

Linden: It is used as a medicine for headache, cold, fever, cough, high blood pressure and infection. It also reduces the smooth muscle spasms along the digestive tract and it is used as a sedative drug.

Yarrow: It eliminates the toxins and unwanted fluids present in the body via urination. The volatile oil of this herb creates a strong inflammatory effect.

Dandelion: Dandelion, a natural herb, cleanses the liver and blood stream. It amends the performance of the spleen, pancreas, kidneys and liver.

Green Tea: This herb is used as a stimulant by many people. It helps to heal wounds, controls bleeding and also improves heart health.
Stinging Nettle: The root of nettle plant consists of primary diuretic properties, however, other parts of this plant are used for the purpose of cleansing human system.

Consumption Diuretic Herbs
Many herbal diuretics can be taken in the form of capsule, tea or as an extract. Some of them can be consumed raw or can be eaten with salads, like mint, dandelion, sage, chicory, etc. For making tea using herbal diuretic, add a teaspoon of dried herb to a cup of boiling water. The tea should be steeped for 10-15 minutes in the container. After steeping, strain it and finally add honey to it. It is advised to have 1-4 cups of diuretic herb tea every day or 1-3 capsules per day can also be consumed. Before consuming the herb, its property should be well known and it should be consumed accordingly. Most of the herbs can be consumed in the form of capsule or tea; but it is always better to consult a herbal practitioner before taking any such step.

Side Effects of Diuretic Herbs
Different natural diuretic herbs have different side-effects. They are safe only if taken in moderate amounts. Over-dosage of the herb can give rise to problems or symptoms, like, reduction in blood volume, dehydration, nausea, diarrhea, etc. If the above symptoms persist, discontinue the consumption of these herbs.

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