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Urinary System

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:

  • Kidneys

  • Bladder

  • Ureter

  • Urethra

Imbalances in the urinary system often affect the glandular and circulatory systems, particularly the reproductive organs, and the major blood vessels.

Cranberry & 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

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

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 incontience.






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