Urinary System Diseases

Urinary Stones

urinary system diseases: two whole onions and one cut in half on display
Onions for urinary system diseases

Urinary stones is one of the urinary system diseases consisting of calculi formation in a liquid environment, in this case, urine. Calculi form because of precipitation or solidification of substances usually dissolved due to physical or chemical reasons. These dissolved substances form a solid core called calculus. The size of the stones varies wildly, from that of sand grains, easy to eliminate, to larger stones.

These herbs exert a preventative action which is notable in stone formation. They even can dissolve, in some cases, already formed calculi. The following herbs must be taken during specific periods to exert their effects: between one and six months and stopping one week per month.

Herbs for Urinary Stones

CarrotKneehollyLemon tree
NettleOnionPrimrose
Apple treeWhite birchEryngo
Wild strawberryGromwellRestharrow
Winter cherryMadderSaxifrage
Sand spurryIndian cornMeadowsweet
Horsetail  
Flaxseeds in a bowl next to a jar with flaxseed oil
Flaxseeds for urinary system diseases

Kidney Colic

This condition is also called renal or nephritic colic and is an ailment that manifests itself as a very intense pain that starts in one or both kidneys and goes towards the groin area. It is produced when a calculus becomes blocked within the urethra, a fine duct that joins the kidneys with the urine bladder. The pain is triggered by spasms of the tiny muscle which forms the walls of the urethra, which is trying to expel the stone inside it.

Phytotherapeutic herbal treatment is based on antispasmodic and diuretic plants, able to relax the spasms of the urethra and increase the production of urine. In external applications, hot poultices of linseed flour are very useful.

Herbs for Kidney Colic

PassionflowerVervainRoman chamomile
AsafetidaAbelmoskGerman chamomile
Lemon VerbenaFlaxBiznaga
ArbutusWhite birchGromwell
Pellitory of the wallMadderSaxífraga
Arenaria rubra  
Goldenrod flower in a garden
Goldenrod for urinary system diseases

Edema

An excessive accumulation of liquid in tissues. It may be caused for renal reasons, when kidneys are inflamed (nephritis) and do not produce enough urine, or for circulatory reasons. Water and sodium chloride passing from blood to tissues occur in both cases. An upsurge in body weight and a decrease in urine volume happen when there is edema. Plants recommended here have a mild and safe diuretic effect, which will eliminate liquids retained in tissues.

Herbs for Edema

Yellow bedstrawMouse-earWhite birch
Wild teaselEryngoCammock
GoldenrodIndian cornAsparagus
Javan teaHorsetail 

Dropsy

General edema manifests itself by total body swelling. It is usually due to heart insufficiency or severe metabolic disorders. Phytotherapeutic treatment, which must be applied under medical control, is based on plants with diuretic and sudorific properties, promoting the elimination of liquids and cardiotonic, which improve heart performance.

Herbs for Dropsy

Lily of the valleyFoxgloveWild teasel
Dwarf elderJaborandiBlack elder

Hematuria

This condition is the existence of blood in the urine. When the causative agent is known, take these plants orally with hemostatic and astringent properties, acting on the urinary organs that bleed.

Herbs for Hematuria

HorseweedSmartweedFive-finger grass

Nephritis and Nephrosis

Nephritis, also called glomerulonephritis, is an inflammation of kidneys, usually with autoimmune causes, which manifests itself through a lack of urine, and the little passed is bloody. Other symptoms are facial edema (swollen face) and high blood pressure.

Nephrosis is another kind of kidney affliction that manifests with the emission of significant amounts of proteins into the urine. In both cases, medical assistance is required. These plants can, however, promote the regeneration of the afflicted renal tissues.

Herbs for Nephritis and Nephrosis

HawkweedApple treeGrapevine
Canoe birchCherry treeSarsaparilla
European goldenrodCacaoIndian corn
PumpkinStorkbillBorage

Pyelonephritis

An infection of the pelvis and renal tissues is usually caused by diverse microorganisms. Its symptoms are high fever and kidney pain. Phytotherapeutic treatment is based on plants with antibiotics, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties on the urinary organs, especially kidneys.

Herbs for Pyelonephritis

WoodruffBearberryBuchu
Scotch heatherCherry treeNasturtium
bilberries in a bowl and bilberry smoothie in a glass
Bilberry for urinary system diseases

Urinary Infection

Germs causing urinary infections are sensitive to chemically synthesized antibiotics; however, they quickly become resistant to these substances. Antiseptic and antibiotic substances contained in medicinal herbs have less intense action than synthesized antibiotics. Still, they undergo fewer resistance reactions from germs, do not suppress body defenses, and reduce the inflammation of urinary organs. When correctly used, these plants can solve urinary infections of several types, especially in chronic repetitive cases.

Herbs for Urinary Infections

GarlicBilberryMyrtle
Master of the woodWitch grassArbutus
ArberryHeatherWild cherry tree
EchinaceaThymeTropaeolum majus

Cystitis

The inflammation of the urinary bladder is usually caused by bacteria ascending through the urethra from the exterior. It tends to repeat itself, especially in women. Medicinal herbs mainly exert a preventative action in these cases, and they must be taken from one to three weeks after the acute phase has passed.

Herbs for Cystitis

Rusty backGarden violetGalium verum
FlaxPsylliumBear’s grape
BuckuPellitory of the wallSolidago virga-aurea
Arenaria rubraMaizeCucurbita pepo

Urethritis

This condition is the inflammation of the urethra, the tract which joins the urinary bladder and the exterior. Bacteria usually cause it, and in many cases, it appears with cystitis. Medicinal herbs which fight urethritis are taken orally and/or in washings with a urethral catheter.

Herbs for Urethritis

WalnutCouch grass
Mountain boxBarosma betulina
Copaiba 

Enuresis

This condition is the involuntary emission of urine, especially when sleeping. This ailment is quite frequent in children and teenagers. Phytotherapy provides plants such as cypress, which are quite helpful in improving the muscular tone of the urinary bladder, thus its ability to retain urine. Refreshing and balancing herbs for the nervous system are also beneficial, such as St. Johns wort.

Herbs for Enuresis

CypressSt. Johns wort

Urinary Incontinence

It is usually caused by mechanical reasons, such as detachment of the urinary bladder in women, as a consequence of labor. Men can experience the same as a result of prostate surgery. Cypress is effectively taken both in infusions and applied in sitz baths.

Herbs for Urinary Incontinence

Italian cypress

REFERENCES

George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 550, 551, 552, 553, 554, 555. Print. [urinary system diseases]

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