We usually think of Hydrangeas as a beautiful summer blooming shrub with it’s large leaves and colorful pom-pom flowers. It may surprise you that the wild species, Hydrangea arborescens, has been used by Native American Indians for hundreds of years for urinary and kidney troubles. Native to the eastern US, Hydrangea was used by the Cherokee as a remedy for kidney and bladder stones.
Currently, western herbal medicine considers hydrangea root a diuretic tonic for the genito-urinary system helpful for cystitis, urethritis, enlarged prostate and prostatitis. Hydrangea root is also used for the treatment of kidney and bladder stones by aiding stones to pass and dissolving those that remain.
Hydrangea can be used as a tea, tincture or encapsulated formulas. Combines well with Bearberry (Urva usi), Marshmallow and Gravel Root (Joe-Pye) for kidney stones and in prostate problems it combines well with Horsetail, Corn Silk and Saw Palmetto.
The following article is for educational purposes and not intended for diagnosis. Always consult your health practitioner when needed.