Goldenseal studies have shown the herb may have the ability to kill microbes, reduce inflammation, and possibly stimulate immunity. Goldenseal is often recommended for kidney and bladder issues because of its berberine content which is thought to have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Goldenseal’s ability to counter microbes and parasites make it useful in conditions such as vaginitis and urinary tract infections, and digestive ailments such as infectious diarrhea. Other uses for goldenseal include: topical inflammations, cancer, whooping cough, pneumonia, fever and sour stomach. Pregnant women should avoid goldenseal.
Dandelion has been used for centuries to treat liver, gall bladder, and kidney ailments, weak digestion, and rheumatism.
In Europe, the dandelion plant is being used as a diuretic and a way to combat potassium loss from frequent urination. The plant has also been known to stimulate bile production therefore aiding in digestion.
Never eat any dandelion plants that have been treated with pesticides or weed killer.
Queen of the Meadow was used by the Native American Iroquois and Cherokee tribes as a way to treat kidney and urinary problems. Queen of the Meadow has been used to achieve a diuretic effect and to treat gallstones and rheumatism. In modern holistic medicine, Queen of the Meadow is still used for assisting with: fluid retention, rheumatism, edema, bursitis, cystitis, gall and kidney stones, gout, kidney infection, neuralgia, uterine ailments, arthritis, and tissue swelling.
Parsley has a higher vitamin C content than oranges and also contains Vitamin A Vitamin B, potassium, iron, chlorophyll, calcium, phosphorus. Parsley reportedly clears liver and spleen obstructions and the root may possibly possess the ability to break kidney stones and relieve bladder infections. It also may help alleviate the symptoms associated with jaundice, fainting and dropsy.
Juniper Berries are thought to be beneficial for Type I Diabetes and may be especially helpful to the pancreas. Ancient cultures in Greek, Rome and Arabia used the berries from the Juniper tree to improve digestion and to aid in bile production; the berries were also used to alleviate gas. Juniper berries are still used for these purposes and are under the microscope for other health benefits as well. The findings suggest that these small berries may be beneficial in lowering blood sugar, promoting kidney health and possibly even weight loss.
Marshmallow is used for all swollen or inflamed tissues in the body. The plant soothes the urinary system and is thought to be very beneficial to the lining inside the kidneys and bladder. Marshmallow is also recommended for people who suffer from intestinal disorders such as diarrhea, indigestion, Gastro esophageal reflux, Irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.
Uva Ursi is an herb which has been used for bladder and kidney problems and may possibly lower high blood sugar. For some alternative health practitioners, Uva Ursi is recommended for people who have developed a resistance to antibiotics or an allergy to sulfa drugs. Uva Ursi is most effective at the first sign of infection and has also been used to help calm arthritis inflammation, dissolving kidney stones as well as other liver and pancreases issues. The antiseptic powers of this herb may even help oral infections.
Cleavers has been used for many upper respiratory infections such as tonsillitis and asthma. It is also commonly used as a blood cleanser and is said to help eczema, psoriasis, edema, jaundice, high blood pressure, enlarged lymph nodes and urinary tract problems. It may also be used as a compress for burns, skin abrasions, ulcers and inflammations.