Nettle leaf and schisandra berries would be my first choices. Both strengthen the kidney blood vessels and tubules. Nettle leaf also dissolves both uric acid and calcium oxalate stones.
Schisandra is also good for the adrenals, liver, eyes, and immune system.
Nettle leaf also supports the adrenals, liver, thyroid, intestines, nervous system, and helps to control inflammation and allergic responses.
As for milk thistle supposedly being the best for the liver, I disagree. It is the best known historically, but this does not make it the most effective. There are quite a few herbs I prefer over milk thistle as far as liver support goes. For example turmeric, schisandra berry, and phyllanthus. Turmeric is equally effective in protecting the liver as milk thistle and is a much stronger antioxidant. The advantage of milk thistle is its ability to stimulate regeneration of liver cells. They do this anyway, but milk thistle accelerates this process.
as you know, we are all different. I tried so many things here on curezone for my kidneys and did not start (key word, start, LOL) to deflate until i used the asparagus extract. I also now drink 4-herb Essiac Tea , and will for life, which is great for everything especially your liver and I am on my 2nd parasite detox (I like to rotate between humaworm and Intestinal Freedom with wormwood...ho, ho, ho) I also use Colon enhancer colon cleanser while parasite detoxing...and in between i work on my liver and kidneys some more with Liver Chi (as i am chronically ill) and asparagus extract for my kidneys.....if your not chronically ill, i'm sure the 4-herb Essiac Tea is enough. I also take DE (diatomaceous earth/food grade) daily and will for life. I also do a weekly Liver Flush but not the full blown HC anymore (did those for over 2 years) I'm now doing the mini magnesium citrate flushes and watch those parasites, liver flukes and huge "gummy bear essence" worms just pour out of me......after 5 long and grueling years i am finally getting it right and I believe in 2009/10 I will finally heal fully! Of course, you are what you eat and we follow an alkaline diet (except on christmas eve and day and new years eve and day where i will prepare healthier versions of our traditional ethnic foods, then back on the wagon with our alkaline diet and we have eliminated anything WHITE years ago) I still bake on occasion but I make healthful substitutes and use Whey protein powder in lieu of flour with 2T of sprouted spelt flour only, for rising, and in lieu of butter/oils i use Organic Almond butter and in lieu of Sugar i use Stevia (nu-stevia by nu-start, tastes good) and fruits and they turn out great! So happy healthy Holiday and New year to you and ALL!
Before beginning my parasite detox i also went on Colloidal Silver for 2 mos along with the 4-herb Essiac tea and a couple of other things the 4-herb gave us so much energy and lifted brain fog! I did this to kill infection and cut candida....i also worked on my kidneys in preparation with the asparagus extract.....then after the 2 mos i began parasite detoxing and switched from Colloidal Silver to olive leaf and grapefruit seed extract etc....I think i will continue to use a bottle of colloidal silver quarterly....... I also use a Terminator Zapper every single night for 8-10 hours.... be well......
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Parsley is one of the best detoxifiers for the kidneys. You can make parsley tea. Take a bunch of parsley, crush with your hands and simmer in a quart of water for about 5 minutes. Cool, strain and drink.
Any diuretic herb will help flush accumulated toxins (dandilion, burdock root). Search up a diuretic formula and break down the ingredients, or pick up a herbal kidney cleanse. I used the one by Renew Life and definitely saw results.
Since your posting in this forum I would assume you have some considerable motivaion for a kidney detox, and will suggest a non-herbal approach called dry skin brushing. Your kidneys are so interrelated with your skin that skin is sometimes called the "third" kidney. Keeping your skin in good health can help greatly. Definitely look up dry skin brushing, it will help clean the lymphatic system and reduce the toxic load on your kidneys. Also look into the sauna detox that involves Niacin. Both will help greatly (but be careful not to overdo the niacin).
Finally, beer is supposed to be good for your kidneys, specifically Guinness. Beer (and alcohol in general) reduces your blood pressure, and helps prevent calcium from building up in your kidneys. I'll add to that my own slightly offbeat theory, that beer so perfectly feeds the yeast in your system, that they stop dying and excreting toxins for a few moments to enjoy the feast, and your kidneys get a little break from those particular toxins (more for discussion than anything else).
Of course, avoid beer if you are cleansing, have a Candida overgrowth, or are gluten intolerant.
I have personally found the bags under my eyes look less severe after a beer or two, and that I look more hydrated. It's a slippery slope, though, so make sure you don't over do it, or you will dehydrate yourself and make any kidney condition worse. Also find a lower Sugar dark beer - Guinness is the best and it might surprise you to know that it is low in both alcohol and calories compared to your standard lager.
I think if I had to choose one, it would be parsley root in organic tincture form.
One can also buy it in a few produce departments..meijers sells it and if you can get fresh, make a tincture from some of it and one from the tops and after it is ready take 60 drops (2 dropperfuls 3-5 times a day. Also make a tea by boiling (preferably in distilled water which releases more of the valuable phytochemicals that help diseases for 15 minutes with a little of the tops and strain and drink. you can also juice it. You can also use dried bulk herb parsley root o make tinctures if fresh is not available.
it is important to note, though, that generally a single herb does not cure and detox but rather a comprehensive program. I outlined a very comprehensive program below in this forum 5 months ago that should help kidney patients no matter ho far gone they are told they are. Schulze said many got off dialysis and get a dead kidney working again in his book on the kidneys and he used the full incurables program with supporting herbs, foods etc specific for the kidney (or for whatever disease one was fighting to cure)
it is best to use organic tinctures when using herbs (organic or wild crafted contains 7-10 times more pytochemicals that prevent and cure diseases and the tinctures are more absorbable and last many years as well) The usual dose is 60 drops 3-5 times a day depending on how bad one is. Herbpharm is a brand I like or make your own tinctures using organic, bulk herbs and 80 proof vodka. Of course, herbdoc sells the best (schulze's) but he doesn't have a lot of single herbs but mostly formulas..his kidney tea, tonic and 5 day cleanse are quite good.
Some of the herbs I mentioned in my 30 steps and other posts for the kidney are (not an herb but very helpful) cordeceps and Agaricus bisporas extract (mushroom), parsley root (with parsley attached), burdock tincture, and more.
As from the previous responses there are a good list of herbs that you can chose from that will be beneficial for your kidneys, if I may suggest two additional supplements that have been shown to improve kidney function. The first supplement that I would suggest using is Pyridoxamine(http://tinyurl.com/7n2kry), its a form of Vitamin B6 that has been shown to reduce damage to the kidney. The second supplement I would recommend is Agmantine, it's a byproduct of Arginine and increases the filtration rate of the glomerulus, unfortunatly it is a little bit harder to find on the net, you can run it through yahoo or google and you might come up with something.
Green, ripe nettle seeds are great for kidneys. They are a kidney and adrenal trophorestorative. Reported to increased kidney function to 100 percent after 3 months. I would take it with a cold infusion of nettle leaf. Waiting for the nettle seeds to be ripe, probably in summer. Long wait...