Herb Library: Natural Herbs and Herbal Supplements Directory: Diuretic




Natural Diuretic Foods and Herbal Supplements

Natural diuretics are herbs that increase the flow of urine and removal of fluids from the body. Diuretic herbs may be used to assist in removing fluids when used for backache, prostatitis, sciatica, kidney stones, bladder ache, lymphatic swelling, scalding urine, gonorrhea, skin eruptions, Premenstrual Syndrome, water retention, and obesity.

The removal of excess fluids may increase the removal of important vitamins and minerals from the body, such as calcium, potassium, and other important electrolytes. It may be necessary to supplement with other nutrients to help compensate for the loss of these nutrients when using a natural diuretic.

Diuretic herbs you can consider include:

  • Dandelion cleanses the bloodstream and liver. Dandelion is used as a natural diuretic. Dandelion improves the functioning of the kidneys, spleen, pancreas, and stomach.

  • Green Tea in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine has been used as a stimulant, diuretic (to promote the excretion of urine), astringent (to control bleeding and help heal wounds), and to improve heart health.

  • Linden is used in connection with colds, cough, fever, infections, high blood pressure, and headache (particularly migraine), and as a diuretic (increases urine production), antispasmodic (reduces smooth muscle spasm along the digestive tract), and sedative.

  • Stinging Nettle has detoxifying properties that extend beyond the urinary system, but its diuretic action makes it particularly effective in this area. Overuse of nettle is not a concern as with juniper. Though the nettle root has the primary diuretic properties, all parts of the plant facilitate cleansing.

  • Yarrow diuretic action aids the elimination of fluid and toxins from the system via the urine.

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