Solidago – Golden Rod
USES: diuretic (fluid retention), improves renal function, kidney tonic.
HOW IT WORKS: Whilst Solidago has diuretic action, this is not the prime role of the plant. Solidago, aka. Golden Rod, has been shown to have important anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and antiseptic action and seems to strengthen kidney function.
This makes it useful as an agent to counter inflammation and irritation of the kidneys, when infection or stones are present. The diuretic action is also useful in helping to dissolve kidney stones.
Hawthorn – Crataegus oxyacantha
USES: Heart tonic ❤️
Hawthorn berries have been used for many years to improve the efficiency of the pumping action of the heart.
HOW IT WORKS: The precise mode of action is still unclear – although we do know that the plant doesn’t contain digitalis-like compounds.
Flavonoids found in Crataegus have been found to be able to improve the circulation of the heart, and to a lesser extent, the circulation of other parts of the body.
Glycosides present are believed to increase the tone of the heart, improving the force of contraction whilst reducing the rate of contraction – in short, making the heart work more efficiently.
(NB: Let your doctor know if you are using Crataegus in addition to any other prescribed medication for the heart.)