Looking for a natural way to cleanse your kidneys? In addition to drinking plenty of water (which is important to do every day), here are some botanicals that are traditionally used for the occasional kidney cleanse:
Uva Ursi (Bearberry). Uva Ursi is an astringent herb that can have an antiseptic effect on the kidneys, and as such has been used to address conditions such as urethritis (inflammation of the urethra) and cystitis (inflammation of the bladder).
Horsetail. Horsetail is high in silica and is also an astringent. It is also a diuretic, which means it helps you produce more urine, flushing out infectious agents and irritants. The high silica content might also help restore damaged, irritated tissue in the urinary tract and help tone the bladder.
Parsley. Parsley is a potent diuretic. It is believed to help rid the body of excess urea and other acidic metabolites. It is also highly nutritious.
Nettle. Nettle is packed with important vitamins and minerals including chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamins A, B2, C and E, calcium, potassium, and iron. Like parsley, it is a powerful diuretic that is believed to rid the body of urea along with harmful bacteria.
If you’re interested in doing a kidney cleanse, talk to your health care professional about which of these or other botanicals might be good for you.