Our kidneys are a remarkable filter system: Every day they filter about 180 liters of water over the approximately one million functional units of the kidney (nephrons) - about 1.5 liters of it leave us via the bladder and urethra. Kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder and urethra are mainly used to eliminate fluid and waste. Unfortunately, this complex excretory system is prone to various disorders that interfere with the elimination of metabolic products and disrupt our salt-water balance.
Flushing therapy with stinging nettle
The plant is not unjustly named, everyone knows it through its unpleasant burning leaves. Less well-known, however, are their manifold medical effects. Yet it has been a popular and frequent medicinal herb since antiquity for its invigorating, diuretic, digestive and blood purifying properties. In folk medicine, patients with measles, scarlet fever, paralysis or pleurisy had even been flogged with fresh stinging nettles.
Today, the stinging nettle is recommended especially for flushing the urinary tract. Nettle leaves and weeds are used in inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract and to prevent kidney semolina. Preparations from the root also relieve prostate problems such as urinary urgency and difficulty in urinating.
Often stones block the way
Urinary stones have been around since antiquity, today already 4% of Germans suffer from urinary stones one or more times in their lives. It is calculated with 400, 000 urinary stone patients per year. Especially men are affected by kidney stone formation, but in recent years, the proportion of women increases. Stones are formed by supersaturation with rock-forming salts and minerals, eg. B. by too low fluid intake. The deposits, called sand or semolina, gradually grow into crystals or stones, which settle in the draining organs. The best prevention is to take care of plenty of fluid, so that the kidneys are well rinsed.
Medicinal herbs such as stinging nettle, birch, bean or dandelion are suitable as preventive flushing therapy. A protein-rich diet (many animal products) and oxalic acid foods (spinach, Swiss chard, rhubarb, beetroot) avoid, as well as purine-rich foods (offal, skin of fish and poultry, sardines, herring, mackerel). Make sure you have enough fiber (whole grains, lettuce, vegetables) and use the salt sparingly.
Cystitis - a burning evil
Especially women - due to their shorter urethra - often suffer from urinary tract infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria. Constant and burning urinary frequency are the first signs of bacterial cystitis. Causes are usually hypothermia, a deficient flushing of the bladder or reduced defenses. The best prevention: drink a lot to flush the bladder: At least 2.5 to 3 liters. Teas or a plant nourishing with stinging nettle or birch are also suitable for this.
Patients with chronic cystitis should drink more cranberry or cranberry juice more often, which will reduce the incidence of bacteria. Avoid the bladder and kidney getting cold, jackets and sweaters that go over the hips, change a wet swimsuit immediately and do not sit on cold ground.
A typical men problem
Even men over 40 years of age often have problems with urination. The cause is not due to the excretory organs, but to an enlarged prostate, which presses on the urethra. It is only with hindsight that bacterial colonization can occur due to the obstruction of the urine flow and remaining residual urine in the bladder. Good prevention is a lot of exercise (regular endurance sports) and a normal weight.
Meat-rich diets are suspected to accelerate prostate proliferation, as are high calorie foods (sweets) that are high in animal fats. A high fruit and vegetable consumption, beans, lentils, soybeans or cereals to protect it. A cure with nettle juice relieves urinary urgency and urinary urgency. Presumably, the anti-inflammatory drugs lead to a swelling of the prostate gland.
Relieves the rheumatic pain
Rheumatism is just an umbrella term for many different diseases. Translated it means the "flowing pain". Of course, there is no universal therapy for the nagging suffering with so many faces. In recent times, however, the supportive treatment with stinging nettle is becoming more and more prevalent. The effect is believed to be due to interference with certain tissue hormones, prostaglandins, which have an inflammatory effect.