The 10 Best Herbs for Kidney Cleansing

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on August 7, 2014

Herbs can be good for your kidneys

Bean-shaped and located along the posterior side of the abdomen, the kidneys have the heavy responsibility of removing waste and toxins from the bloodstream. These vital organs work with other organs to regulate blood pressure, increase red blood cell production, and synthesize vitamin D. A healthy diet, exercise, and staying hydrated are essential for supporting your kidneys. For a little extra help, consider the following kidney cleansing herbs.

1. Chanca Piedra

Chanca piedra, or “stone breaker,” is a favorite in South America for supporting the kidneys and clinical trials have confirmed the plant’s effectiveness. [1] [2] It’s common in the region and its widespread use has earned it a positive reputation in Ayurvedic medicine as a helpful herb for kidney, bladder, and liver health.

2. Goldenrod

Goldenrod was used extensively among many Native American tribes for promoting urinary tract health. Research has found that the herb tones the urinary tract and is helpful for detoxifying the kidneys. [3]

3. Hydrangea Root

Hydrangea root was popular among Native Americans and early settlers, both of whom used the plant for promoting kidney and bladder health. Hydrangea root acts as a solvent and is thought to smooth the jagged edges of kidney stones. Hydrangea root also appears to help the body properly use calcium, an action that may be helpful for discouraging kidney stones from forming in the first place. [4]

4. Horsetail

Horsetail is a common weed with diuretic properties; it’s helpful for increasing urine output to flush the kidneys and urinary tract. It’s also an antioxidant and offers that realm of benefits to the kidneys and renal system. [5] Whether consumed as a tea or in a capsule, horsetail is a great herb to add to your diet!

5. Celery Root

Both the root and seeds of celery have been used for centuries as a natural diuretic. What positive feature do diuretics have? They can help your body eliminate toxins by increasing urine output. Celery root has long been considered a stimulating tonic for the kidneys as it contains nutrients like potassium and sodium.

6. Gravel Root

Also known as Joe Pye weed, gravel root has a long history of use by Native Americans and early American colonists for promoting kidney and urinary health. Its effectiveness may be partly due to its euparin content — a solvent with potent activity against harmful organisms. [6] This may explain why many believe it’s effective at discouraging infections.

7. Uva-Ursi

Also called “bearberry,” uva-ursi has been used by many cultures. It’s an astringent that can soothe and tone the urinary tract and research has also found evidence to support its traditional use for cleansing the kidneys. [7]

8. Marshmallow Root

As a soothing herb, marshmallow root may calm the tissues of the urinary tract. [8] It’s also a gentle diuretic that encourages urination.

9. Dandelion root

Often mistaken as an annoying weed with no useful purpose, dandelion is actually loaded with benefits — both the leaf and the root. [9] Dandelion root, specifically, is a diuretic and promotes waste elimination.

10. Parsley

A favorite herb among chefs, parsley is an aromatic, flavorful herb commonly used in herbal medicine. As a diuretic, it’s helpful for reducing the build up of toxins in the kidneys and entire urinary tract.

What’s Your Favorite?

How many herbs in this article did you recognize? Have you tried any? There are a supplements available that combine many of these herbs together and make it easy for you, Renaltrex is the kidney support supplement I recommend. It contains the purest ingredients available, is extremely effective, and carefully made in the USA.

If you’ve used herbs to support kidney health, leave a comment and share your experience with us.


  1. Kieley S1, Dwivedi R, Monga M. Ayurvedic medicine and renal calculi. J Endourol. 2008 Aug;22(8):1613-6. doi: 10.1089/end.2008.0020.
  2. Barros ME, Lima R, Mercuri LP, Matos JR, Schor N, Boim MA. Effect of extract of Phyllanthus niruri on crystal deposition in experimental urolithiasis. Urological Research. 2006 December;34(6):351-7.
  3. Melzig MF. Goldenrod–a classical exponent in the urological phytotherapy. Wien Med Wochenschr. 2004 Nov;154(21-22):523-7
  4. Sen Zhang, Hongqi Xin, Xiaoguang Chen. Skimmin, a Coumarin from Hydrangea paniculata, Slows down the Progression of Membranous Glomerulonephritis by Anti-Inflammatory Effects and Inhibiting Immune Complex Deposition. Evidenced-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine. 2013; 2013: 819296.
  5. Cetojevi-Simin DD1, Canadanovi-Brunet JM, Bogdanovi GM, Djilas SM, Cetkovi GS, Tumbas VT, Stojiljkovi BT. Antioxidative and antiproliferative activities of different horsetail (Equisetum arvense L.) extracts. J Med Food. 2010 Apr;13(2):452-9. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2008.0159.
  6. María Florencia Visintini Jaime, Rodolfo H. Campos, Liliana V. Muschietti. Antipoliovirus Activity of the Organic Extract of Eupatorium buniifolium: Isolation of Euparin as an Active Compound. Evidenced-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine. 2013; 2013: 402364.
  7. Head KA. Natural approaches to prevention and treatment of infections of the lower urinary tract. Altern Med Rev. 2008 Sep;13(3):227-44.
  8. Hage-Sleiman R, Mroueh M, Daher CF. Pharmacological evaluation of aqueous extract of Althaea officinalis flower grown in Lebanon. Pharmaceutical Biology. 2011 March;49(3):327-33. doi: 10.3109/13880209.2010.516754.
  9. González-Castejón M1, Visioli F, Rodriguez-Casado A. Diverse biological activities of dandelion. Nutr Rev. 2012 Sep;70(9):534-47. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2012.00509.x.

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  • Roger Christos

    My wife and I just did the four day renaltrex cleanse with the apple cider vinegar and lemon. Since we didn’t really have any kidney problems we didn’t notice any difference. Just thought it would be good to pay some attention to the poor little things. Were we right? I think so. Also have your oregano oil and O2-zap. Thanks for the great products.

  • Global Healing Center

    That’s a good approach and your thoughts are correct. You wouldn’t wait to change the oil in your car until the engine totally locked up, right? Thanks for the kind words!

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  • lynn

    My 20 year old son was recently disgnosed with chronic kidney disease stage four. Each time we visit the nephrologist his creatine has increased. We’ve been doing the alkaline, cranberry and antioxidants combination. What combination do you suggest to prevent his kidneys to not continue to fail? At this time they have not been able to disgnose what’s causing this. I’m a single mother of four, he’s currently a sophomore in college and my budget is tight. Thanks in advance.


  • Ro Marks

    Hello Lynn,
    Search information about “Chanca Piedra” Tea it might help. You might find reviews about it in Amazon. Also a local herbal or chinese store might help.

  • Ashley Lebedev

    Leaky gut & adrenals going down are causing this (lymph builds up when it can’t exit body & putrifies / body becomes more and more acidic – find alllll the work of dr robert morse — watch his YouTube videos on the great lymphatic system & iridology– have him go raw juice immediately & no protein —
    Ginger compresses etc –

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