Every Tuesday, Dr. Mark Carney formulates a special tincture at a reduced rate for our Thriveology Community! All Thriveology tinctures are masterfully crafted with the finest-sourced herbs, strictly of superior quality.
Here’s the second tincture in our DETOX series and I have to ask: Are your kidneys healthy? A person can lose up to 90% of their kidney function without experiencing any symptoms.
The primary function of the kidneys is to filter the blood. All of the blood in our bodies pass through the kidneys several times a day, and the kidneys’ job is to remove waste, control the body’s fluid balance, and regulate the electrolytes. The kidneys can be damaged for many reasons, including diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney stones, infections, cancers, and certain medications such as: Lithium, Ciclosporin, Mesalamine, and NSAIDS (ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen sodium). Symptoms of an overburdened kidney do not typically show until kidney disease is advanced, but can include swollen ankles, swollen feet, swollen hands, fatigue, shortness of breath, poor appetite, foggy brain, increased need to urinate (especially at nighttime), insomnia, and erectile dysfunction in men.
Keeping your kidneys healthy is like changing the air filter in your house— if you don’t change it out, the furnace filter will blow debris through the rooms. This tincture works by supporting the kidneys in several key ways. – Dr. Mark Carney, RND, LAc.
What’s Inside: Apium graveolens (Celery Root) – The benefits of Celery Root include its diuretic action, its ability to neutralize the body’s pH levels, and its stimulation of the kidneys to help rid the body of toxins. Medical studies have shown Celery Root to be effective at curing some types of kidney disease. Many people with kidney dysfunction lack normal levels of potassium, of which Celery Root is an excellent source.
Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) – Horsetail is a powerful astringent herb that works by cleaning the kidney of any harmful bacteria. Like many other herbs in this tincture, Horsetail is also a diuretic that helps flush out toxins. Unlike many diuretic herbs, Horsetail also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which assist in a healthy flow of the body’s liquids.
Parietaria diffusa (Pellitory-of-the-Wall) – Pellitory-of-the-Wall is named after its habit of growing in old, dry walls, and has been used medicinally for over 2,000 years. This plant is taken for fluid retention, urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney pain, and kidney stones. Pellitory-of-the-Wall has a restorative action on the kidneys, supporting them and strengthening their health and function.
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Uva-Ursi) – Commonly called Kinnikinnick, Uva-Ursi is a ground cover that grows in Colorado’s mountains and has been used for centuries as a mild diuretic and astringent botanical. Uva-Ursi is used to treat urinary tract infections such as cystitis, nephritis, urethritis, pyelitis, and pyelonephritis. Uva-Ursi strengthens the tone of the urinary tissues and also contains the glucose Arbutin which has an antiseptic effect on the urinary mucous membranes.
Fouquieria splendens (Ocotillo) – Ocotillo is a plant indigenous to the Sonoran Desert and the Chihuahuan Desert in the Southwestern United States. Ocotillo is used as a treatment for fluid retention and to alleviate urinary tract infections. Ocotillo is absorbed from the intestines into the mesenteric lymph system, which stimulates better visceral lymphatic drainage.
Solidago canadensis (Goldenrod) – Regarded as a sign of good luck and found primarily in North American meadows, Goldenrod aids in cleansing the kidneys and bladder. Goldenrod also counters inflammation and helps tone the lining of the urinary tract, lessening the risk of bacterial infection.
Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow Root) – Mallow Root, commonly called Marshmallow, has been used medicinally since ancient times. Marshmallow eases swelling in mucous membranes that line the colon and urinary tract, increases urine flow, fights infection, and heals tissues.
Petroselinum crispum (Parsley) – Commonly used as a garnish, this abundant leafy green has been shown to increase urine production, flushing harmful toxins out of the kidneys. Parsley contains apiol and myristivin, two powerful ingredients which encourage its diuretic abilities. Because of this, Parsley has been proven to rid the kidneys of stones and bacterial build up.
What You Can Expect: You may experience decreased swelling in hands and lower legs, improved energy, clearer thinking, lower blood pressure, and normalized urination. You also may notice a decrease in cravings for salt.
Contraindications: If you are taking medications, check for potential interactions with these herbs, especially if you have a kidney disorder. In general, anybody with a medical condition should check with their health care provider before taking herbs. Specifically, do not use if you are taking Coumadin, are lactating or are pregnant. Tinctures do contain small amounts of alcohol so do not use if you are avoiding alcohol.
Dosage: The effect of tinctures vary, because each of us are unique. The average recommendation is 45 drops 2x/day. Shake well before dispensing each dose. The liquid can be taken straight, or mixed into water or another beverage. For fastest absorption, hold the liquid under your tongue for ten seconds, then swallow.