The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs located at the back of the abdomen. Their job is to filter the blood in order to remove toxins and to maintain the body’s fluid and electrolyte balance. The end-product of this process is urine. Many kidney problems are a result of high blood pressure, so it is important to avoid too much fatty food and salt. Over-use of drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen can also damage the kidneys. You should aim to drink four to six glasses of water every day in order to help your kidneys to function efficiently. Too much alcohol can damage the kidneys (and liver) too.
Dandelion leaf is a safe and gentle herb for stimulating the kidneys and helping them to function efficiently. It contains bitter glycosides, carotenoids, potassium, iron and other minerals, and is regularly used by herbalists to treat fluid retention which often causes swollen ankles and generally puffy skin. This can be the result of cardiac and circulatory problems which should be addressed as a priority because, if left untreated, permanent damage can occur.
Dandelion leaf is a natural diuretic, comparable to the drug Furosemide. The usual effect of a kidney-stimulating drug like this is a loss of potassium from the body, which in turn aggravates any existing cardiovascular problem. Fortunately, dandelion leaf is one of the best natural sources of potassium and is therefore a perfectly balanced and safe diuretic.
The above information is for guidance only, and is not intended to take the place of diagnosis and treatment by a qualified practitioner. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or taking any other medication, you should seek advice from a health professional.