Nettle leaf and schisandra berries would be my first choices. Both strengthen the kidney blood vessels and tubules. Nettle leaf also dissolves both uric acid and calcium oxalate stones.
Schisandra is also good for the adrenals, liver, eyes, and immune system.
Nettle leaf also supports the adrenals, liver, thyroid, intestines, nervous system, and helps to control inflammation and allergic responses.
As for milk thistle supposedly being the best for the liver, I disagree. It is the best known historically, but this does not make it the most effective. There are quite a few herbs I prefer over milk thistle as far as liver support goes. For example turmeric, schisandra berry, and phyllanthus. Turmeric is equally effective in protecting the liver as milk thistle and is a much stronger antioxidant. The advantage of milk thistle is its ability to stimulate regeneration of liver cells. They do this anyway, but milk thistle accelerates this process.
as you know, we are all different. I tried so many things here on curezone for my kidneys and did not start (key word, start, LOL) to deflate until i used the asparagus extract. I also now drink 4-herb Essiac Tea , and will for life, which is great for everything especially your liver and I am on my 2nd parasite detox (I like to rotate between humaworm and Intestinal Freedom with wormwood...ho, ho, ho) I also use Colon enhancer colon cleanser while parasite detoxing...and in between i work on my liver and kidneys some more with Liver Chi (as i am chronically ill) and asparagus extract for my kidneys.....if your not chronically ill, i'm sure the 4-herb Essiac tea is enough. I also take DE (diatomaceous earth/food grade) daily and will for life. I also do a weekly Liver Flush but not the full blown HC anymore (did those for over 2 years) I'm now doing the mini magnesium citrate flushes and watch those parasites, liver flukes and huge "gummy bear essence" worms just pour out of me......after 5 long and grueling years i am finally getting it right and I believe in 2009/10 I will finally heal fully! Of course, you are what you eat and we follow an alkaline diet (except on christmas eve and day and new years eve and day where i will prepare healthier versions of our traditional ethnic foods, then back on the wagon with our alkaline diet and we have eliminated anything WHITE years ago) I still bake on occasion but I make healthful substitutes and use Whey protein powder in lieu of flour with 2T of sprouted spelt flour only, for rising, and in lieu of butter/oils i use Organic Almond butter and in lieu of Sugar i use Stevia (nu-stevia by nu-start, tastes good) and fruits and they turn out great! So happy healthy Holiday and New year to you and ALL!
Before beginning my parasite detox i also went on Colloidal Silver for 2 mos along with the 4-herb essiac tea and a couple of other things the 4-herb gave us so much energy and lifted brain fog! I did this to kill infection and cut candida....i also worked on my kidneys in preparation with the asparagus extract.....then after the 2 mos i began parasite detoxing and switched from colloidal silver to olive leaf and grapefruit seed extract etc....I think i will continue to use a bottle of colloidal silver quarterly....... I also use a Terminator Zapper every single night for 8-10 hours.... be well......
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