A strong heart is necessary, too, to push the blood through the
kidneys. Often a kidney problem is linked to the heart disorder.
Kidneys are made of tubes that get finer and finer. It takes
pressure, namely strength, to push the blood through them so
wastes and extra water can be let down the kidney tube. Think of
the kidneys as a colander full of tiny holes of various sizes that
let certain things through them but not bigger things. These holes
are constantly being adjusted by the adrenals which sit right on
top of the kidneys and “supervise”.
If the elderly person is not producing four cups of urine in a
day (24 hours), it is not enough. The body cannot get enough
cleansing action from less than four cups. More liquid must be
consumed. If most of the urine is passed in the night this reflects
on unhealthy kidneys. Use the kidney herb recipe—but only half
a dose (so it will take six weeks instead of three to see good
effects). As the tiny “colander” holes open up there is freer flow
and many more trips to the bathroom result. The urine loses its
awful odor (no ammonia, acetone and bacteria!) and gets a clear
look that shows no sediment. Now that water and wastes (urea
and uric acid and other acids) can leave the body quickly through
more holes, it takes less pressure from the heart to get blood
pushed through the kidneys. This brings relief to the heart
because its work is easier. The heart and kidneys work together.
Like horse and wagon the heart provides the power and the kidneys
This is why heart medicine and diuretics are commonly given
together. Diuresis (urine flow) helps the heart and a stronger
heart helps the kidneys. Similarly, they fail together. In the old
days this was called dropsy. Urine that should have left the body
is backed up in the tissues. Sometimes it shows up in pockets that
hang like giant oranges from the skin.
Even (especially) when the strongest diuretics (MaxzideTM,
LasixTM) fail to work, even when coupled with strong heart
medicine (DigitoxinTM), the kidney herb recipe can bail you out
of the emergency.
The secret is in the varied actions of different herbs. This
makes them work together. Be very careful to keep the herb tea
sterile by reheating every fourth day. Freeze unused larger
amounts. If too much is drunk at once, especially on the first day,
a stomach ache can develop and a pressure felt in the bladder
that is most uncomfortable. Go extra slow on the first few days,
even though you find it quite tasty, so there is no discomfort (only
lots of bathroom visits).