|How to Improve Kidney Function with Stinging Nettle|
|Written by Cindy Ausbrooks|
Stinging nettle has been used to improve kidney function for decades. The herb not only cleanses the blood, but it also removes harmful toxins from the kidneys. Nettle can be consumed in a variety of ways to improve kidney function, from teas or infusions to freeze-dried capsules. If you are prone to kidney problems, consider stinging nettle, but make sure to consult your doctor before adding any new supplement to your healthcare regimen.
Perform only one of the following steps. Avoid taking any more than the recommended dosages listed below and only take one type of nettle preparation at a time.
Make an infusion with dried nettle leaf powder, which can be found in your local health food store or ordered online. Combine 2 grams of the powder with 1 cup of boiling water, cover and allow the mixture to steep for 10-15 minutes. Stir well and strain out any solids from the infusion. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day to help improve kidney function.
Purchase a high-quality nettle leaf tincture with a 1:5 ratio. Combine 20 to 40 drops of the tincture with 1 cup of water and drink 2 to 5 cups of the solution per day to improve kidney function. Use warm or cold water, depending on your preference. Many people find warm water makes the bitter taste of the tincture more palatable.
Take 250 to 350 milligrams of standardized stinging nettle leaf extract twice per day to improve kidney function. You may also prefer to combine the extract with water, although the taste is a little better than that of the tincture. The extract may also be taken directly, if you can handle it.
Use nettle seed extract to improve kidney function. David Winston, a well-known American herbalist, reported in 1999 that he used the extract to creatinine levels in six patients with severe kidney dysfunction and degenerative kidney diseases. Combine 20 to 40 drops of the tincture with 1 cup of water and drink two to five times per day.
Drink nettle tea to improve kidney function. Combine 1 tbsp. dried nettle leaves with 1 cup boiling water, cover and steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain out the herbal material, sweeten with honey and serve immediately. Drink 3 to 4 cups a day until symptoms subside. You can also make nettle tea with fresh nettles, but it takes a bit more effort.
Take freeze-dried nettle capsules to improve kidney function. This is a good option for individuals that can't tolerate the taste of nettle, if any such people exist. Nettle is a very pleasant tasting herb, but newcomers to herbal medicine may be put-off by the earthy taste. Take 300 to 600 milligrams of freeze dried stinging nettle in capsule form instead.
Remember, always consult a qualified medical practitioner before adding stinging nettle, or any other herb, to your healthcare regimen. This information is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness, but serves only as an educational overview. Only your doctor can tell you if nettle will be beneficial for your particular condition.
NEVER take stinging nettle supplements with prescription drugs as some severe interactions may occur, including lowering the blood pressure to dangerous levels when taken in conjunction with blood pressure drugs. Also avoid nettle if you are currently taking asthma medication or blood thinners.