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 Herbal Actions: Diuretics 

Circulatory system: As already pointed out, the cardio-active remedies have a diuretic effect because they increase blood flow through the kidneys. Remedies for this system include Lily of the Valley, Broom, Dandelion and Yarrow. The first two are cardio-active and the others are tonic. All diuretics help remove water from the body and can be of benefit for the cardiovascular system. Care should be taken to ensure the right ones are used in the specific condition being treated. Broom should not be used in high blood pressure, for example.

Respiratory system: If pulmonary congestion is occurring due to heart problems, then most of the diuretics will be of value. Remedies that have an affinity for this system include Boneset, Cleavers, Elder, Yarrow and Eucalyptus.

Digestive system: Some of the laxative herbs act as diuretics as well. Here we can mention Agrimony, Blue Flag, Boldo, Borage, Celery Seed, Dandelion, Parsley, Pumpkin Seed.

Reproductive system: The antiseptic diuretics often work in the same way on the reproductive system. Of special relevance is Bearberry. Saw Palmetto is a mild diuretic.

Muscles and skeleton: Because of their cleansing action, many diuretics help in problems of muscles and bones. Boneset, Celery Seed, Yarrow and Gravel Root are but a few.

Nervous system: Borage and Bugleweed are the only real diuretics to impact the nervous system directly. However, if there is much tension, using a nervine to relax may allow more urine to be passed.

Skin: All the diuretics potentially help the skin by an inner cleansing process. Especially important are Cleavers, Couch grass and Dandelion. An important point is that some diuretics act as diaphoretics when drunk hot.

A Selection of Important Diuretics

Agrimonia eupatoria
Sambucus nigra
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Gravel Root
Eupatorium purpureum
Blue Flag
Iris versicolor
Crataegus spp.
Peumus boldo
Juniperus communis
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Kola vera
Sarothamnus scoparius
Lily of the Valley
Convallaria majalis
Barosma betulina
Tilia europaea
Lycopus europaeus
Petroselinum crispum
Arctium lappa
Saw Palmetto
Serenoa serrulata
Celery Seed
Apium graveolens
Sea Holly
Eryngium maritimum
Galium aparine
Stone Root
Collinsonia canadensis
Corn Silk
Zea mays
Wild Carrot
Daucus carota
Agropyron repens
Achillea millefolium
Dandelion lf.
Taraxacum officinalis

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David Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMHWhilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary wholeness and responsibility for it......more
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