Hematuria

Hematuria can give rise to a red or brown color in the urine. If the
amount of blood is small it might not show visually but can be detected
by a number of simple tests. This symptom may be associated with a wide
range of conditions, some minor and others quite severe. Competent diagnosis
is crucial. The bleeding will occur at a site of physical trauma, such as
a stone cutting the tissue or bleeding from a foci of infection.


It is often possible to reduce or stop such bleeding with herbs, but this
does not necessarily mean the trauma has been healed. The suggestions
given here are to be applied within the context of treatments that address
the diagnosed cause.


Actions indicated for this symptom:

Astringents will staunch the bleeding. They may not be
powerful enough in cases such as large kidney stones.

Anti-inflammatories will ease the inflamed tissue thus reducing the
bleeding.

Anti-microbials will facilitate the body ridding itself of any pathogens
present., thus reducing inflammation and the resulting bleeding.

Specific Remedies

A number of the diuretic plants mentioned above have an astringent effect.
The most useful are Periwinkle (Vinca major), Horsetail (Equisetum
arvense
), Ladies Mantle (Alchemilla arvensis) and Shepherd’s
Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)


One possible prescription

Vinca major

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Zea mays

Achillea millefolium equal parts of dried herb.

infuse 2 teaspoonfuls to a cup and drink 1 cup every 2 hours



This combination supplies demulcent, diuretic and mild anti-microbial actions
in addition to the astringency.

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David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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