When first starting my kidney cleanse here in Costa Rica I was unable to obtain  a few ingredients that are part of Hulda Regehr Clark’s Kidney Cleanse program, so I started looking around for substitutes. The hydrangea root was easy to find. It is the main ingredient in her formula. So with that as w base I wanted to find substitutes for the Gravel Root and the Marshmallow Root. The search took me to places such as The ARK Herb Farm on the slopes of Poás Volcano, to the open air general market in downtown San Jose. What I found are the herbs below.

Guapinol Bark Hymenaea Courbaril

 The bark from the Jatoba tree more commonly referred to as Guapinol has been used for kidney cleansing. It’s scientific classification is Hymenaea courbaril. It is a hard thick bark that should be ground before soaking for a mixture to be used.

Nisparo Leaves Eriobotryia Japonica

kidney-detox-recipe-nisparo-3Hoja de Nisparo is another herb using the leaf as a kidney stone dissolver. The scientific name is Eriobotryia japonica. In the USA and England it is referred to as Loquat. In Spanish speaking countries such as mine, Costa Rica, it is called Nispero Japonica. The word nispero is a Japanese word meaning “wooly bunch”. The underside of the leaves have a soft white coating. This nisparo tree grows all over Costa Rica naturally in the Sa Jose metropolis area in an altitude of 15,00 meters.

Corn Silk

 Those fine silky strands on your ears of corn can be used as a tea that, according to naturalistic medicine is good for  dissolving kidney stones. The reason why corn silk is used in the treatment kidney stones is that it is a natural diuretic. The tannins and the saponins that are found in corn silk are the active ingredients. The kidneys are stimulated to produce more urine and this reduces the concentration of salts in the kidneys. The increased amount of urine also drains away small bits of stones that have recently formed in the kidneys or may have broken off from large stone pieces to be released in the bladder and to the urethra. Harvest the herb just before it turns brown on the cob. Clean and dry the herb out if you are going to store it. otherwise use it fresh.

Cola Cabillo Equisetum sp.

The ancient plant Cola Caballo is in a taxonomical family all by itself  called Equisetaceae. It is a diuretic , astringent and mineralizer. The active ingredient is it’s high amounts of silicon in a bio-available form. Cola de Caballo is used to tone the urinary tract and prostate gland while dissolves kidney stones. Cola de Caballo also helps strengthen connective tissue and is used to treat osteoporosis. It is a flowerless, bushy ground cover distinguished by branched, jointed, hollow and striated stems with scale-like leaves.

Cana Agria  Costus spicatus

costa-rican-kidney-cleansing-herbs-cana-agriaCana Agria’s scientific name is Costus spicarus. The violet scented roots are useful for cystitis, kidney stones, and urethritis. They grow in the Atlantic as well as the Pacific coastal regions of Costa Rica. You can spot them along the highway leading to these two coastal destinations in the lower wet areas.