Natural herbs form the basis of homeopathic remedies.
Homeopathic medicine offers dozens of remedies for the kidneys. Diuretics increase the flow of urine, helping to wash out toxins, bacteria and even kidney stones. Demulcents coat the urinary lining, creating a protective barrier against irritation. Other compounds have antiseptic properties or strengthen the immune system. A homeopathic practitioner will take your symptoms into account when prescribing remedies.
Your homeopathic physician may recommend dandelion and couch grass for cleansing since they act as diuretics, ease inflammation and reduce the discomfort of infection. Natrum Muriaticum is useful for bringing the body’s fluids into balance. Oxydendrum Arboreum treats edema and is especially useful when used for bladder irritation and for patients with suppressed urination. If you have backaches associated with painful or sensitive kidneys, Solidago Virgaurea may be your remedy of choce. Diuretic herbs that may be used along with or as part of a homeopathic treatment are stinging nettle, asparagus root, birch leaf, horsetail, lovage and parsley.
Couch grass is a demulcent as well as a diuretic, and also relieves pain and inflammation. Coltsfoot not only acts as a demulcent but also relieves muscle spasms and is an anti-inflammatory. Marshmallow root is a demulcent and may help with passing kidney stones. Other herbs your homeopath may use for their demulcent properties are corn silk, slippery elm, mullein and Irish moss.
If you have stinging, burning pain, your remedy may be Apis, which comes from honeybees. Other homeopathic remedies include Arsenicum, derived from arsenic, for inflammation, water retention or kidney abscess; Terebinthina, a turpentine derivative, for dull, burning pain; Cantharis, for rapid-onset burning pain; nitric acid, for sharp, splintering pain.
Prescribing a homeopathic remedy takes time and patience because it is individualized to you and your symptoms: There are no standard remedies. Under the United States Food, Drug and Cosmetic Acts, homeopathic remedies are considered drugs. As such, USFDA labeling regulations apply, but the FDA does not require homeopathic products to meet efficacy requirements.