Natural & Herbal Medicines to Lose Bodily Fluids

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Many people take diuretics to relieve obstructing bodily fluids; but instead of artificial drugs, you can instead use herbal medicines. Rid excess fluid naturally with help from an acupuncture physician and registered herbalist in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Bob Linde. I'm an acupuncture physician and registered herbalist. Today, I'm going to talk to you about natural and herbal remedies to help lose body fluids. So, of course, we're talking about diuretics, or basically a water pill, but doing it with herbs. Many people are using diuretics in order to both lose weight, which is not always very safe, or because they've got a heart problem. So, if you're going to try to use herbs in either of these functions, it's important that you work with somebody who is well-trained in herbal medicine, because we can actually cause some serious problems in our electrolyte imbalances if all we do is get rid of our excess body fluids through excess urination, or sometimes even through the stool. So, do be careful, you don't want to get dehydrated, but there's one herb that I really enjoy using as a very mild diuretic, and that's corn silk. This is something that certainly you can go down and find at your Chinese herbalist, Western herbalist, or at your local grocery store just by retaining the hairs when you buy a nice ear of corn. We can use it fresh or dry, and basically you want a good handful of it, and go ahead and make a strong tea out of it, let it steep in your French press for about 10 to 15 minutes. This can be indulged in a couple of times a day, and will just ever so slightly increase your urination. You probably don't want to do it at night because you don't want to get up to urinate. Another thing that works very, very well is celery. Some people will go out and buy celery seed, but honestly I think most people should just enjoy a nice stalk of celery. It's very effective for just a little bit of fluid retention. But, go ahead and find your corn silk. Put a good handful of corn silk in your French Press, add some hot water and let it steep for 10 or 15 minutes. Enjoy a cup every day. So, this is Bob Linde, talking to you about herbal diuretics or natural and herbal remedies to help lose body fluids. So, please enjoy your herbs.

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