Botanical: Hydrangea arborescens
Family: Hydrangeaceae (hydrangea) - Saxifragaceae (saxifraga)
Other common names: Seven Barks, Smooth Hydrangea, Common Hydrangea, Wild Hydrangea, Mountain Hydrangea
Enlarged or inflamed prostate? Try Hydrangea Root for improved prostate health. It is an old and reliable American remedy for a healthy urinary tract, helping to alleviate urinary, bladder and kidney inflammation. Hydrangea also helps to relieve kidney-related backache and to expel kidney and bladder stones.
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Hydrangeas are a group that consists of hardy and tender shrubs and woody climbers. They are mostly deciduous plants, although a few of the tender species are evergreen. The plants are natives of the Himalayas, North and South America, and central and eastern Asia. These flowering shrubs have different flower forms, from the large globes of the "mopheads," to the discs of the "lacecaps," to the thick cones of oakleaf and panicle hydrangeas, to Hydrangea strigosa (which is a climbing variety). Four species of Hydrangea are native to North America and are cultivated for their stunning beauty (cultivars have some of the largest flower heads of any plants) and long-known medicinal qualities. Hydrangea arborescens (the smooth Hydrangea) is an ornamental, perennial plant that may reach a height of nine feet and is considered a marsh, aquatic plant that may be found in woodlands and by stream banks. Its relation to water is demonstrated by its name, Hydrangea, which is a derivative of a Greek compound, signifying "water vessel," and it thrives in humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade, avoiding early morning sun in frosty areas. Hydrangea arborescens is commonly used in herbal medicine and is widely distributed across the eastern United States from New York to Florida, proliferating under forest canopies in moist soil along woodland banks and streams. Profuse in the Delaware Valley and Appalachian Mountains, its history in herbal medicine may be traced back to Native Americans who wisely knew of its value in fighting urinary problems. The Cherokees used it as a remedy for urinary stones, as well as a topical treatment for wounds and sore muscles. The early settlers adopted Hydrangea as an important herb in their own remedies and also used it for the treatment of stones. It is considered a sweet, pungent herb with the roots used in herbal medicine. Some of the constituents in Hydrangea include two resins, gum, starch, sugar, albumin, a glucoside (hydrangin), volatile oil, quercetin, rutin, saponin, kaempferol, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc.
Hydrangea has a long history of promoting a healthy prostate and urinary tract. It combats infection and is believed to be very helpful in treating inflamed or enlarged prostate and bladder infection, including cystitis, urethritis and prostatitis, etc. As a diuretic, it promotes the flow of urine and is said to remove bladder and kidney stones and the pain caused by them.
Hydrangea Root stimulates the kidneys to release retained fluid and helps to prevent the formation of gravel. It will also help to pass deposits through the ureters from the kidneys to the bladder. Importantly, the herb is also used to relieve the backache often caused by kidney trouble and dissolve and remove kidney stones.
Further supporting a healthy urinary tract, Hydrangea Root helps treat urine problems, such as frequent urination that may also be accompanied by burning pain, and it has been used to help treat bedwetting problems in children.
Hydrangea Root is believed to be a blood cleanser and may treat lymphatic conditions that are caused by poor blood.
Hydrangea has been used to relieve chronic rheumatoid arthritis and the swelling of arthritis (possibly reducing calcium deposits), gout and edema.
Excessive amounts of Hydrangea Root Herbal Supplement (many times the recommended dose) may cause dizziness, nausea and bronchial congestion.