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The primary functions of the urinary system are to maintain
proper fluid balance in the body and to remove harmful toxins from the blood and
eliminate them as urine. This system consists of:
Imbalances in the urinary system often affect the glandular
and circulatory systems, particularly the reproductive organs, and the major
& Buchu Concentrate
Cranberry juice has become famous as a home remedy for the
prevention of urinary tract infections, particularly in women. Nature's
Sunshine's Cranberry and Buchu concentrate uses a specially prepared concentrate
of cranberry juice that provides all the goodness of fresh cranberries, without
the calories. Buchu (an African herb) has been added for its diuretic
properties. Cranberry inhibits bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall,
while buchu causes the bladder to empty. This combination is beneficial
for both children and adults.
Caution: Pregnancy and nursing.
Potas is an herbal source of potassium, the main mineral
found in the intracellular fluid of humans. This mineral is responsible
for muscle control, iron balance in the tissues and acid/alkaline balance in the
body. Potas assists in moving substances such as nutrients and waste
through the cell walls. Potassium helps to counterbalance high sodium
levels and lowers the effects of hypertension caused by excessive salt intake.
Some research suggests high blood pressure may be the result of insufficient
potassium, rather than excessive salt.
K Formula is an herbal combination which helps fight
infection and reduce inflammation in the urinary system, particularly in the
bladder and kidneys. K Formula helps strengthen and tone the urinary
system, relax muscle spasms, soothe nerves, and stimulate urine flow to reduce
lactic and uric acid build up. It also increases circulation to the
promote healing of tissues damaged by infection or inflammation.
Caution: Pregnancy and nursing.
Uva Ursi, also known as bearberry, has a strong affinity to
the urinary system. This evergreen shrub was used by Native Americans and
early settlers to strengthen the bladder. Before the discovery of
synthetic drugs, uva ursi was the physician's choice as an antiseptic for the
urinary system. The strong astringent properties of the leaves make uva
ursi an excellent diuretic, anti-inflammatory and urinary system tonic.
The leaves have a tendency to turn urine a harmless greenish colour due to its
principle ingredients hydroquinone and arbutin.
This urinary (and glandular) formula contains 14 herbs to
provide nutrients that nourish and strengthen the urinary system (as well as the
prostate and pancreas glands).
Herbs of note include: Juniper berries which act as a
gentle stimulant and diuretic. Golden seal for its anti-bacterial
properties on the mucosa lining of the urinary system. Uva ursi is a
diuretic and urinary system antiseptic and tonic. Dandelion has cleansing
and diuretic properties.
P-14 is a natural herbal source of chromium, iron, magnesium,
manganese, phosphorus, selenium, silicon, sodium, tin and zinc.
Saw palmetto has been referred to as the "plant catheter"
because of its tonic effect on the neck of the bladder and the prostate gland.
it is used to treat excessive urination and frequent night urination due to an
enlarged prostate gland or inflamed bladder.
Horsetail plant contains the highest amount of silicon of all
known herbs. In addition to silicon, horsetail contains large amounts of
potassium, aconitic acid, starch and many fatty acids.
Horsetail has traditionally been used for several ailments
related to the urinary system. It encourages the flow of urine. It
has been used to treat blood in the urine, kidney stones, urinary tract
infections, and irritation of the bladder and urinary tract.
Traditional sources also indicate that Horsetail has a
specific action in the nocturnal urinal incontinence of children, and in urinal
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