Definition of Diuretic:

An agent increasing urine flow, causing the kidneys to excrete more than the usual amount of sodium, potassium and water.

Also: Diuretics

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...as a treatment
“...Alfalfa alkalizes and detoxifies the body, acts as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory and contains an anti-fungal agent...”

Anorexia Nervosa

...related topic
“...eating disorder characterized by excess control – a morbid fear of obesity leads the sufferer to try and limit or reduce their weight by excessive dieting, exercising, vomiting, purging and use of diuretics.  Sufferers are typically more than 15% below the average weight for their height/sex/age and typically have amenorrhea (if female) or low libido (if male)...”
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...as a treatment
“...The powdered bark is a diuretic, improves prostaglandin production, and reduces heart-associated risk factors...”


...the condition
“...Because cirrhosis of the liver is the main cause, frequent treatments include ... Diuretics (water pills) taken in the morning to avoid frequent nighttime urination...”

Astragalus Root

...as a treatment
“...Astragalus root is a mild diuretic, and it can help to reduce sweating as well...”

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

...the condition
“...Medications e.g. anti-depressants, diuretics (used for high blood pressure); Medical disorders e.g. esophageal-gastro reflux, chronic tonsil infections; Certain bacteria that produce foul-smelling compounds...”

Bearberry (Uva Ursi)

...as a treatment
“...Uva Ursi is also considered to be a diuretic.  Most products containing Uva Ursi are intended for short-term use because of the strong properties of hydroquinone, and should be limited to 2 or 3 weeks' use.”


...as a treatment
“...Bladderwrack has been used historically as a diuretic as well as for cases of cystic irritations and chronic inflammations of the bladder...”

Broad Beans

...as a treatment
“...The broad bean decoction can act as a diuretic to counter water retention or obesity...”


...as a treatment
“...Historically, Buchu leaves have been reported to have diuretic, urinary antiseptic activity, and as a tonic for the genitourinary system...”

Budd-Chiari Syndrome

...the condition
“...In some cases, treatment for Budd-Chiari syndrome is as simple as breaking up blood clots using anti-clotting medication, as well as diuretics and restricting sodium intake...”


...as a treatment
“...The root has been reported to have diuretic, diaphoretic, antipyretic, anti-microbial and anti-tumor activity...”

Caffeine Intoxication

...relationship to Increased Urinary Frequency
“Caffeine is a diuretic, causing increased urination.”


...recommendation CoQ10 (Ubiquinone)
“...CoQ10 was added to standard treatments for heart failure such as fluid pills (diuretics), digitalis preparations, and ACE inhibitors...”


...as a treatment
“...Celery seeds have been used as diuretics, sedatives, anti-convulsants, anti-hypertensives, and for relief of rheumatoid arthritis...”

Chanca Piedra (Break-Stone)

...as a treatment
“...The diuretic, hypotensive and hypoglycemic effects of Phyllanthus niruri were documented in a 1995 human study, which showed a significant diuretic effect, and a significant reduction in systolic blood...”


...as a treatment
“...Cilantro has also been used as a genital deodorant, for bladder disorders, coughs, headaches, diuretic, tonic, relief of rash and rheumatism...”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“...Ascites (excess abdominal fluid) is treated with diuretics, fluid and salt restriction, and removal of fluid (paracentesis)...”


...as a treatment
“...The dried or fresh herb is alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, aperient, astringent, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, tonic and vulnerary...”


...as a treatment
“...Caffeine is the main active element in coffee and it has been used therapeutically in the form of a diuretic, an analgesic as well as a digestive tonic...”

Congestive Heart Failure

...the condition
“...These include medications such as diuretics and invasive procedures such as a balloon angioplasty with coronary stenting...”
...recommendation Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
“...Bananas are a rich source of potassium and need to be avoided in persons taking potassium-sparing diuretics.”
...recommendation Diuretics
“Potassium-sparing diuretics such as Aldactone or Dyrenium help the body to retain potassium and are often used in congestive heart failure patients, often along with the other two types of diuretics...”


...as a treatment
“...Among the drugs that may interact with corticosteroids are: Insulin and diabetes medicines; Heart medicine such as digitalis; Diuretics (water pills); Medicine containing potassium or sodium; Immunizations (vaccinations); Cyclosporine (Sandimmune); Blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin); Estrogen drugs, such as...”


...as a treatment
“...As a diuretic (dandelion has been called wet-a-bed) it is often used for the kidney, bladder and even in some weight loss products...”


...the condition
“...Caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics, further increasing your water needs...”
...our question about Soft drink consumption
“...Even though soft drinks generally contain caffeine (a mild diuretic) and/or sugar (the body tries to get rid of excess glucose through increased urine output), the overall effect of soft drinks is to reduce the risk of dehydration.”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“When taken in larger amounts, caffeine is a diuretic that causes the kidneys to remove more water from the body.”


...as a treatment
“...A diuretic is a drug or other substance that increases a person's urine and salt excretion...”


...relationship to (Prescription) Drug Side-Effects
“...Diuretics cause dehydration, blood electrolyte changes, heart effects and/or direct side-effects.”

Edema (Water Retention)

...the condition
“...Sometimes the syndrome can occur in women with eating disorders who are taking diuretics or even laxatives in order to lose weight...”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...Sometimes a mild diuretic will help reduce fluid retention but can worsen the edema of idiopathic cyclic edema...”

Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...the condition
“...Other drugs which are common causes of impotence include antihypertensives, diuretics, narcotics, antidepressants and tranquilizers...”

Eucalyptus Blue Gum

...as a treatment
“...many topical arthritis creams and analgesic ointments, eucalyptus stimulates blood flow and warms the area, relieving pain in muscles and joints; Stimulant: Eucalyptol acts to stimulate blood flow; Diuretic; Antispasmodic; Antimalarial: Its antiseptic properties give it some antimalarial action; Earache: Inhaled eucalyptus fumes open the Eustachian tubes, draining fluids and relieving pressure...”

False Unicorn

...as a treatment
“...False unicorn is considered to be a tonic and diuretic.  It has had a history of use for various complaints of the female reproductive system...”


...as a treatment
“...Key Actions ... diuretic...”


...as a treatment
“...Gentian is reported to have a choleretic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial action.”


...as a treatment
“...It has diuretic properties, making it useful in various urinary tract and kidney preparations...”

Gotu Kola

...as a treatment
“...Gotu Kola is an adaptogen; alterative (depurative); antirheumatic; antiseptic; antispasmodic; bitter; mild diuretic; peripheral vasodilator; nervine & relaxant (large dose becomes sedative); vulnerary & connective tissue eutrophic; vermifuge...”

Gout / Hyperuricemia

...the condition
“...Women develop gout at an older age than men and have twice the prevalence of hypertension, renal insufficiency and exposure to diuretics.  The onset of gout before age 30 in men or before menopause in women is unusual and raises concern about an associated inherited enzyme defect or renal disease...”
...relationship to Dehydration
“Gout can be caused by dehydration and the use of diuretics such as coffee or alcohol.”
...recommendation against Aspirin
“Among the more common predisposing factors for hyperuricemia are kidney failure from any cause, diuretics, dehydration, hormonal diseases, alcohol consumption and using low doses of aspirin...”
...recommendation Caffeine/Coffee Avoidance
“Intake of diuretics (chiefly coffee and alcohol) should be reduced/avoided as far as possible.”

Gravel Root

...as a treatment
“...It was used to treat typhus and other ailments by the Native Americans and early settlers and is still considered a safe and effective diuretic.  Gravel root was used by the native North American Indians as a diaphoretic to induce perspiration and break a fever...”


...as a treatment
“...Other activities attributed to hibiscus are uterine and intestinal antispasmodic, bactericidal, appetite suppressant, diuretic and mild laxative...”

High Levels Of Triglycerides

...the condition
“...In some cases elevated triglycerides may be due to an underlying medical condition or to the use of prescribed drugs such as beta-blockers, diuretics, estrogen (contraceptive or hormone replacement therapy), glucocorticoids, isotretinoin, protease inhibitors and tamoxifen...”

Horsetail Grass

...as a treatment
“Early Medieval herbals indicate Horsetail's extensive use in folk medicine as a diuretic and astringent in general kidney and bladder conditions and edematous conditions of the heart and lungs...”


...as a treatment
“...The most common use for hydrangea is for the kidneys and bladder because of its effective diuretic quality which helps increase the flow of urine...”


...recommendation Increased Water Consumption
“If the patient and doctor choose long-term follow-up over surgery, the patient should try to drink lots of water, get plenty of exercise, and avoid certain diuretics, such as the thiazides.”
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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

...recommendation Salt Intake Reduction
“...If you are taking medication for high blood pressure, particularly diuretics, let your doctor know that you are reducing your salt intake...”
...recommendation Diuretics
“Thiazide diuretics, such as Esidrix or Zaroxolyn, can be used to lower blood pressure.”

Hyponatremia (Low Blood Sodium Level)

...the condition
“...Certain types of cancer cells produce vasopressin, leading to hyponatremia; Diuretic drugs used to treat high blood pressure by increasing the excretion of sodium into the urine...”
...recommendation Reduced Water Consumption
“Mild hyponatremia is treated by reducing water intake and monitoring the use of diuretics.”

Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)

...the condition
“...This can be caused by any of the following ... Drug-induced, including alcohol toxicity, anesthesia, antianxiety agents, antihypertensives, calcium channel blockers, diuretics, general anesthetics, antiarrhythmics, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, narcotic analgesics, tranquilizers, vasodilators...”

Increased Urinary Frequency

...the condition
“...Common causes of frequent urination include ... Medications (Diuretics)...”

Irrigation Therapy

...related topic
“Washing out a cavity or wound with a fluid; irrigation of the kidney parenchyma and the urinary tract by addition of increased amounts of liquid, usually a mild herbal teas with aquaretic or diuretic properties.”


...as a treatment
“...people simply do not consume enough each day and many of the liquids that we do drink – such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and artificially-flavored drinks – contain substances (diuretics) that promote water excretion...”

Kidney Stones (Urolithiasis)

...the condition
“...Diuretics and potassium citrate are often very effective at preventing stone formation...”
...our question about Diuretic use
“Excessive intake of diuretics may give rise to excess calcium in the urine.”

Leg Cramps At Night

...the condition
“...Certain drugs, such as diuretics have also been cited as a cause of leg cramps...”


...as a treatment
“Alternative names: Stoneseed Lithosperma possesses antirheumatic, astringent, contraceptive, and diuretic properties...”

Low Sex Drive

...recommendation Conventional Drug Avoidance
“...Diuretics and anti-anxiety drugs may have this side-effect also.”


...as a treatment
“...Intake of diuretics is another major cause of loss...”

Magnesium Requirement

...the condition
“...Treatment with diuretics (water pills), some antibiotics, and some cancer medicines such as Cisplatin, can increase the loss of magnesium in urine...”

Meniere's Disease

...the condition
“...Meniere's disease has been treated with antihistamines, motion sickness drugs, anti-dizziness drugs, diuretics, and vasodilators with very little relief of symptoms...”
...recommendation Diuretics
“Meniere's disease patients are often given a diuretic such as Dyazide in order to reduce nausea symptoms and shorten attacks.”

Muscle Cramps / Twitching

...recommendation Conventional Drug Avoidance
“Medications such as diuretics or water pills can lead to cramping due to loss of sodium and potassium.”

Natural Progesterone

...as a treatment
“...fibrocystic breast disease, helps protect against breast cancer, maintains the uterus lining, hydrates and oxygenates the skin, reverses facial hair growth and hair thinning, acts as a natural diuretic, helps eliminate depression and increase a sense of well being, encourages fat burning and the use of stored energy, normalizes blood clotting, and is a precursor to other important stress...”

Nephrotic Syndrome

...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...Some patients benefit from the use of diuretics (which allow the kidney to produce more urine) to decrease swelling...”


...the condition
“...In addition to aging, nocturia may also be symptomatic of the use of diuretic substances (including caffeine and alcohol), prescription drugs, edema from heart failure, insomnia, pain and prostate or bladder disorders.”
...recommendation Alcohol Avoidance
Diuretics such as alcohol and caffeine may increase urine output and cause nighttime urination.”

Oregon Grape Root

...as a treatment
“...Oregon grape rhizome and roots have the following properties: alterative, antibiotic, antiseptic, astringent, bitter taste, cholagogue, cooling, diuretic, emetic, laxative, thyroid stimulant...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...recommendation Diuretics
“Some diuretics are useful against osteoporosis: Thiazides lower urinary calcium excretion, resulting in a positive calcium balance and increased bone mineral density and a reduction in fracture rates due...”

Parkinson's Disease

...the condition
“...Certain diuretics (reserpine), antipsychotics (chlorpromazine), and heart drugs (verapamil) have all been implicated in causing or worsening Parkinson's disease symptoms as has the "designer drug" MPTP...”


...as a treatment
“...The root was used as a diuretic and the juice to treat kidney ailments...”

Phosphorus Deficiency

...the condition
“...Some medications, such as certain antacids and diuretics can also lower phosphorus levels...”


...as a treatment
“...The use of thiazide diuretics can severely reduce potassium levels...”

Potassium Need

...the condition
“...Potassium loss is increased by excessive fluid loss from sweating, urination (diuretics), diarrhea (laxatives) or the use of aspirin and some other drugs...”

Premenstrual Syndrome

...the condition
“...Some of the more regularly prescribed medications include ... Diuretics...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“...Pyridoxine acts as a mild diuretic, reducing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.”

Premenstrual Syndrome PMS H (Headache)

...the condition
“...Dopamine suppresses aldosterone formation in the adrenal glands and, in the kidneys, is natriuretic and diuretic.  Symptoms of PMS-H include...”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...the condition
“...Natural progesterone is a natural diuretic and prevents the cell's uptake of sodium and water, thus preventing hypertension...”


...recommendation Hydrangea
“...Like most diuretic herbs, hydrangea is an excellent choice for treating inflamed or enlarged prostate glands...”

Red Clover

...as a treatment
“...Red clover also has diuretic properties...”

Reduced Water Consumption

...as a treatment
“...has become a common belief that we need "2 liters or 8 glasses" of water daily and that beverages containing caffeine or alcohol do not count because they increase the excretion of water or have a diuretic effect.  As far as we know, this belief has never been scientifically tested, and there is little evidence to support it...”

Rosy Periwinkle

...as a treatment
“...Periwinkle has been shown to lower blood sugar and to act as a diuretic.  In testing the plant as a drug source for diabetes in the 1950s, an extract was found that proved successful in treating juvenile leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, and other cancers that were...”

Salt Sensitivity

...the condition
“...One method used involves administering a saline solution followed by a diuretic and noting if blood pressure drops more than 10mm...”


...as a treatment
“...Other activities associated with sarsaparilla are hepatoprotection, diuretic, and antiinflammatory activities...”

Scotch Broom

...as a treatment
“...Scotch broom exhibits diuretic (tops), cathartic (tops and seeds), emetic (seeds), antiarrhythmic, antirheumatic, cardiotonic, and vasoconstricting properties...”


...as a treatment
“...Furthermore, squawvine is recognized by practitioners of alternative medicine for its effectiveness as a diuretic.  It is used to treat such urinary conditions as suppression of urine...”

Stinging Nettle

...as a treatment
“...Nettle leaf powder has been described as diuretic, antispasmodic, antiallergic, and hemostatic...”

Susceptibility To Hangovers

...the condition
“Alcohol is a diuretic (causing loss of fluid), which results in a loss of essential salts such as potassium and magnesium...”

Test Serum Uric Acid Levels

...as a treatment
“...In particular, diuretic drugs such as thiazide drugs can cause uric acid levels to go up...”


...related topic
“A class of diuretics that increase the excretion of sodium and chloride and accompanying volume of water.”


...as a treatment
“...In the late 1800s, the US Pharmacopoeia listed thuja as a treatment to stimulate the uterus and as a diuretic.  Thuja is an evergreen in the cypress family, native to eastern North America...”


...as a treatment
“...consumption of apple cider vinegar could lead to lower potassium levels, which could increase the risk of toxicity of cardiac glycoside drugs such as Lanoxin (digoxin), insulin, laxatives and diuretics such as Lasix (furosemide)...”


...as a treatment
“...Antagonists (things which impair assimilation or retention) include alcohol, chelating compounds, diuretics, oral contraceptives, penicillamine (causes zinc to be chelated and excreted along with intended heavy metals), prednisone/prednisolone: causes increased urinary excretion of zinc...”
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