Kidney bean pod is a diuretic that can be used to help support kidney and bladder problems. Kidney bean pod can also be used for edema, dropsy, sciatica, and joint pain and to lower sugar in the blood. A longer use of the pods may clear up acne.
Kidney bean pod tea according to a naturopath, Dr. Chinyere Ogbonna, can be useful for dropsy, sciatica, chronic joint pain, kidney and bladder problems, uric acid accumulations, and loss of albumin in the urine during pregnancy. She said, "When applied externally, extracts of kidney bean promotes restoration of irritations and sores." Prolonged use of the decoction made from the beans can be used to help support difficult cases of acne.
Properties and indications on kidney bean according to Encyclopedia on Medical Plants by Dr. George D. Pamplona-Roger shows that the pods contain several amino acids, especially arginine, and vitamins A, B, and C, mineral salts, trace elements, bran, and starch. The report shows that kidney bean pods present three basic properties:
- Diuretic (encourages the passing of urine) due to the mineral salts and arginine. They lack the undesirable effects of some chemical diuretic substances such as loss of potassium. This property can be useful for edema produced by coronary or renal insufficiency, and for pre-menstrual retention of liquid. They can also be tried to help support joint pain and kidney stones, since they promote the reduction of uric acid.
- Cardiotonic (improves the functioning of the heart). This property of kidney bean pods is similar to that of foxglove, though much milder. They increase the strength of heart contractions and its general performance.
- Hypoglycemic (reduction of blood sugar). A decoction of kidney bean pods is used to decrease the blood sugar level.
Java Tea has a mild diuretic action, useful for flushing the kidneys and urinary tract. It also supports spasms of the smooth muscle in the walls of the internal organs, making it valuable for gallbladder problems. Researchers have found it to be mildly antiseptic as well. Java Tea can be used for:
- Kidney and bladder stones
- Liver and gallbladder problems
- Urinary tract health concerns
Java Tea is also taken for joint pain, although its effectiveness for these problems has not been verified. While it's not exactly clear how java tea works, it has been customarily thought that some or all of the active compounds within java tea help to open the ureters - the tubes leading from the kidneys to the bladder - allowing small stones to be passed. It is for this reason that java tea can be used for improved urinary flow and irrigation of the urinary tract. In vitro and animal studies demonstrate the diuretic, antihypertensive, and hypoglycemic effects of java tea.
Horsetail can be used to help support kidney and bladder stones, urinary tract health concerns, wounds and burns. Horsetail gains its name from the bristly appearance of its jointed stems. Its ability to draw excess water from the body makes it useful for flushing infections and kidney stones from the urinary tract. Horsetail also alleviates painful urination, can help reduce inflammation of the prostate gland, and helps reduce some cases of adolescent bed wetting. Out of all known herbs, Horsetail contains the highest amount of silica, which is an important nutrient for healthy hair, skin, nails, and connective tissues throughout the body.
Corn Silk is helpful for any irritation of the urinary system. Corn Silk can be used to help support renal problems in children, and also as a urinary demulcent combined with other herbs in supporting bladder concerns, and prostatitis. Corn Silk was used traditionally as a mild diuretic. Chinese research indicates that Corn Silk reduces hypertension and helps reduce blood clotting time. Corn Silk has been used in complaints of high uric acid such as joint pain. It supports painful swelling, and can be used to help support a wide range of genito-urinary complaints. Even though it is a diuretic, Corn Silk can also benefit frequent urination by soothing bladder irritation. Corn Silk can be used to help soothe irritation, to the kidneys and bladder, often caused by burning and painful urination. Corn Silk alleviates the irritation of the bladder and urinary tract by coating the membranes lining the urinary system walls. Corn Silk may also alleviate prostate health including difficulty in the beginning of urination. Corn Silk can also be tried to help support the formation of sediments in the kidneys, support inflammation caused by urinary tract problems and help reduce water retention in the body.