About Diuretic (Makes-you-pee, mutravirechana, mutra virechaneeya) in Ayurveda
Herbs 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.
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AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON DIURETICDiuretics are herbs and foods that increase diuresis.
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.
Herbal actions common to many herbs listed in Diuretic:
BITTERBitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
ASTRINGENTAstringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
PUNGENTPungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
COLDCold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
DRYDry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
HOTHot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
VULNERARYAn herb used for the treatment of wounds.
ANALGESICRelieves or reduces feelings of pain without eliminating sensation.
DETOXICANTAn herb that decongests, dislodges or improves metabolization of toxins from the body, transforming or altering fluids to a more healthy state.
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
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ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
CLEARClear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
SWEETSweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
LIGHTLightness is identified by reduced weight.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
HEMOSTATICAn herb that stops bleeding.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his 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.