Diuretic (Makes-you-pee, mutravirechana, mutra virechaneeya) Foods & Herbs List: An Ayurveda Perspective
Diuretic Recipes Diuretic Ingredients Diuretic Herbs & Supplements
AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
Diuretics are herbs and foods that increase diuresis. Every herb introduces a phytochemical that your body wants to clear, so most herbs have some diuretic quality to them. This is important to remember - just because an herb is listed as a diuretic, doesn't mean it is a strong diuretic.
Diuretics have the following benefits:
Herbal diuretics tend not to have the side effects of pharmaceutical diuretics. For example, Thiazide (a diuretic pharmaceutical) can cause cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, and electrolyte imbalance. Herbs often supply, rather than deplete Potassium, magensium and other vital minerals.
Urine production (diuresis) is affected by:
There are several types of diuretics:
Compare with diaphoretics, which release water via sweat. And, with laxatives, that release fluids via the bowels.
OTHER HERB ACTIONS AFFECTING KIDNEY-BLADDER-URINARY
HELPFUL FOR*'Diuretic' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Diuretic' may aggravate, or be aggravated by, these symptoms and causes below.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.