Herbs that Lower Uric Acid
Uric acid is a chemical substance produced from purine metabolism. Foods that contain purine are organ meats, legumes and alcohol. Purine is metabolized by the body with the help of an enzyme called xanthine oxidase (XO) then uric acid is produced. Uric acid is a waste product of the body which is normally excreted by the kidneys via urine. In the case of kidney problems this substance cannot be excreted effectively and will build up in the blood leading to azotemia. The following herbs are best in reviving kidney function, lower down uric acid and creatinine level.
Indigenous cinnamon is an aromatic evergreen tree originated from Taiwan. The bark and roots are well-known as a cooking spice and traditional healers use the leaves as a remedy for fungal and bacterial infections. Essential oil from indigenous cinnamon contains an active ingredient called cinnamaldehyde which has an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effect. Researchers have found that cinnamaldehyde is effective in lowering uric acid level. However, remember not to combine cinnamon with other blood-thinning medication or hypertensive medications without consulting your physician.
Silver birch is a deciduous tree common in Europe and in some parts of Africa and Asia. The flowers and leaves sap are edible and used in cooking cuisines. Silver birch has diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic effect. Silver birch contains methyl salicylate which is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor that prevents the formation of uric acid. This herb is contraindicated to individual who are pregnant or have high blood pressure.
Cherries are found to be significantly effective in lowering uric acid level in the blood. Herbal books say that black cherry juice is most effective. Dilute the concentrated black cherry juice with 8 oz. Of water and take one tablespoon daily to prevent build up of uric acid.
Fevervine is a vine originated from China. In Chinese medicine, traditional healers use the leaves to treat pain, rheumatism and arthritis. There is a study conducted by H. Yan in 2008, they found out in the study that the extract of fevervine significantly lowers uric acid level by inhibiting the activity of xanthine oxidase. This study shows the benefit of fevervine in correcting hyperuricemia. Consult your physician before taking fevervine with other anti-hyperuricemia medicines.
Burdock root has the ability to clean the toxins in the bloodstream and promote excretion of uric acid through the urine. The recommended dosage is 25 drops of burdock root extract diluted in 8 oz. of water and taken 3-4 times a day.
Fresh Lemon Juice
Drinking fresh lemon juice stimulates the formation of calcium carbonate within the body. Calcium carbonate is a substance that can neutralizes acids in the blood, including excess uric acid. Furthermore the lemon juice contains citric acid that dissolves uric acid crystals in the body thus lowering serum uric acid level.
These are the common herbal medicine found to be effective in lowering uric acid levels. All dosages provided above are just recommendations, it is still best to consult your physician before starting herbal therapy.