Your kidneys help to filter out waste and toxins, regulate fluid and mineral balance, help regulate blood pressure, secrete several hormones and regulate acid-base balance amongst other functions. Your kidneys also hold your jing which is regarded as the essence of life, the substance that nourishes, fuels, and cools the body.
Many factors can contribute to lowered kidney function some of which include:
- Heavy metal toxicity. Especially cadmium and mercury which slowly destroys the glomerular (the basic filtration unit) of the kidneys.
- High protein intake, processed foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
- Many over the counter and prescription drugs.
- Dehydration really stresses the kidneys out.
- Impaired liver function. When the liver becomes overburden and cant keep up its job the kidneys will take on many of the detoxification tasks the liver would normally do.
- Continued kidney infections.
- Exhaustion due to overwork and a hard-driven lifestyle
In Chinese medicine, the skin is associated with the kidneys. The body will use the skin as a secondary route of detoxification if the kidneys are no longer processing the metabolic waste correctly and as such skin problems that appear to have no known cause can often be associated with kidney dysfunction.
There are many mineral-rich herbs that provided support for the kidneys some of which include:
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Cleavers (Galium aparine) and Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale) which help increase urine output to flush the kidneys and urinary tract which helps to promote waste elimination.
Nettle leaf and seed (Urtica dioica) is a mineral-rich herb that is extremely nourishing to the kidneys. The seeds of Nettle provide excellent support whenever there is kidney damage, failure, dialysis, and other major problems in the structure/function of the kidneys. The leaf of Nettle has a primary action to increase water output and urination. However, Nettle leaf also has an effect on the liver that includes general detoxification and purification of the body, but particularly in regards to protein metabolism and purification of water-soluble toxins, thereby taking any additional pressure off the kidneys.
Rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa) has specific energetic properties that tonify the kidney’s, boost their energy and optimise their function.
Goji berry (Lycium barbarum) is a tonic herb to promote improved energy and healthy function of the kidneys.
Declining kidney function can manifest as fatigue, exhaustion, poor concentration, infertility, early menopause, andropause, prostate problems, chronic inflammation, high blood pressure, heart irregularities, irregular uterine bleeding, bladder weakness, mild dizziness, tinnitus, knee and leg weakness, lower backache, poor eyesight, fluid retention and reduced sexual vitality.
Take care of the health of your kidneys