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Updated 18 February 2013

Hydrangea

Hydrangea has been long-used in maintaining urinary health the health of the prostate gland, relieving cystitis and easing lower back pain associated with kidney problems.

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When one thinks of Hydrangea, colourful blossoms may spring to mind before medicinal herbology.

But this plant, biologically known as Hydrangea arborescens and more affectionately called seven barks, has been long-used in maintaining urinary health and more recently to maintain the health of the prostate gland, relieve cystitis and ease lower back pain associated with kidney problems.

In fact, the Cherokee Indians were among the first to use this herb to assist the body expel excessive water and toxins. The name seven barks comes from the seven layers of colourful bark peeled of the plants stem.

  

Parts used

  • Roots
  • Rhizomes

Active compounds

  • Flavonoids
  • Kaempferol
  • Quercetin
  • Hydrangin
  • Saponin
  • Volatile oil
  • Manganese
  • Chromium

Hydrangea is used for

  • maintaining urinary health
  • diuretic properties
  • Relieving cystitis
  • Relieving back pain associated with kidney inflammation or kidney stones

Dosage

The herb itself: stir 2 teaspoonfuls of the root in a cup of water, bring to the boil and simmer for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

A tincture: 2-4 ml of the tincture 3 times a day.


Safety

Do not take Hydrangea when pregnant or planning a pregnancy in the near future. The herb should also be avoided in the case of chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, infants under the age of two should not be given this herb.

Discontinue taking the herb should you experience any of the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Heavy feeling in the chest
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

(Zaakirah Rossier/ Health24/ updated October 2010)

 
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