Traditional Research | Kidney Support Compound

Stinging Nettle seed (Urtica dioica)*

A rich source of essential fatty acids. In old herbals, Stinging Nettle seed was also recommended for goitre, tuberculosis and malarial fevers.

Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus)*

Used in TCM as a superior tonic remedy. It has immune amphoteric, cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective activity. It is frequently used as a “Fu Zheng herb” to strengthen the immune system and reduce side-effects of chemotherapy. Because it is an immune amphoteric it can also be used to regenerate a disordered immune system and treat autoimmune disorders (including those that affect the kidney) and allergies (Matkovic, et al 2010).

Processed Rehmannia root (Rehmannia glutinosa)*

or Shi Di Huang is used as a blood (xue) tonic and is part of the classic Women's Four Herb Tea as well as other important Chinese formulas. It is useful for deficient blood patterns with pale skin, insomnia, dizziness, irregular menses and palpitations.

Stinging Nettle leaf (Urtica dioica)*

A nutrient rich herb used for increasing bone density and stimulating bone healing. Stinging Nettle is also indicated for skin that is 'papery' and tears easily and brittle finger nails.

Cordyceps mycelium (Cordyceps sinensis)*

Now grown on organic soybeans, originally this fungus grew on caterpillars. Once a rare and costly herb, it is now widely available and used by athletes to improve performance and to strengthen the lungs and immune system. Cordyceps is also used to calm anxiety.


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Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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