Dr. Ron’s Research Review – February 12, 2014

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This week’s research review focuses on botanical medicines for kidney disease.

"Botanical medicines used for kidney disease in the United States" by Dr. Yarnell, ND was recently published. (Yarnell 2012)

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibiting Herbs

Allium sativum (garlic) bulb,

Liliaceae Crataegus spp (hawthorn) herb,

Rosaceae Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) fruiting body,

Polyporaceae Lespedeza capitata (round-headed lespedeza) herb,

Salvia miltiorrhiza (Chinese sage, dan shen) root,

Nephroprotective Herbs

Parietaria judaica (pellitory-of-the-wall) herb,

Urticaceae Rheum palmatum (rhubarb, da huang) root,

Silybum marianum (milk thistle) seed and silymarin extract,

Asteraceae Urtica dioica (stinging nettle) seed, Urticaceae

Immunomodulating/Adaptogenic Herbs

Astragalus membranaceus (astragalus, huang qi) root

Cordyceps spp (cordyceps, dong chong xiao cao) mycelium

Codonopsis spp (codonopsis, dang shen) root

Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) and

G. uralensis (gan cao) root

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Botanical medicines used for kidney disease in the United States

         (Yarnell 2012) Download

Herbal medicines are being used with greater frequency by practitioners of natural medicine in the United States. Many categories of herbs are used, primarily angiotensin antagonists, nonspecific nephroprotective, and immunomodulating/adaptogenic herbs. The most common herbs in each category are discussed both from a historical and scientific perspective. For the first time, a case series of the use of the proposed herbal angiotensin antagonist herb indigenous to the United States, Lespedeza capitata, is reported based on the author's clinical practice.


Yarnell, E. L. (2012). "Botanical medicines used for kidney disease in the United States." Iran J Kidney Dis 6(6): 407-18. [PMID: 23146977]