The idea of kidney cleansing Teas is far from a new concept. But is there any evidence to support its use in the first place? This is what we’ll be exploring in the following article. We will determine what people mean when they search for a “kidney Tea”, what specific beverages they look for, and whether the notion is grounded in reality. Please keep reading to discover the truth once and for all.

Regardless of the conclusions drawn, rest assured that each Loose Tea recommendation below is, at the very least, delicious. Indeed, the fact that these delectable infusions could, potentially, be health-beneficial as kidney cleansing Teas is just a bonus. Be sure to browse our expansive and ever-growing selection here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, where everything is packed fresh to order.

What is a Kidney Cleansing Tea

What is a Kidney Cleansing Tea?

Your kidneys are located beneath the rib cage in your lower back. Their primary function is to clear the so-called “undesirables” from the body, including the extraction of about two quarts of excess water and other waste products. This process requires approximately 200 quarts of blood. Additionally, the kidneys release three essential hormones: Erythropoietin, Renin and Calcitriol.

Erythropoietin stimulates the bone marrow to make ever-crucial red blood cells. Renin, meanwhile, regulates blood pressure, and Calcitriol is an active form of Vitamin D. Calcitriol also helps maintain calcium levels for bones at the same time as providing chemical balance in the body. What remains to be seen is whether your kidneys need any kind of support to perform their outstanding duties.

Enter the claims surrounding supposed kidney cleansing Teas - “the word “claim” being the keyword because, as of yet, little scientific evidence backs these theories. The reality is that kidneys tend to be self-sufficient so long as you drink enough water and eat enough nutritional food. However, a poor diet, coupled with exposure to toxins and chronic stress, can impair kidney health. But what’s the answer?

Is Hibiscus Tea Good for Kidney Stones

Is Hibiscus Tea Good for Kidney Stones?

Hibiscus Tea is a Herbal Tea from the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant. When brewed, it boasts a uniquely tart flavour considered somewhat similar to cranberries or pomegranates. With its abundance of vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants, its popularity has increased dramatically in recent years due to its  benefits. Could one such benefit be Hibiscus Tea Bags effect on the kidneys?

One preliminary animal-based study (emphasis on “preliminary” and “animal-based”) found that it prevented calcium oxalate crystals from turning into kidney stones. It’s worth noting, too, that its well-documented ability to lower blood pressure could, in turn, have a positive influence on kidney health. Research indicates that three cups a day could make a small yet significant difference.

Is Nettle Leaf Tea Good for the Kidneys

Is Nettle Leaf Tea Good for the Kidneys?

Like its flowery counterpart above, Nettle Tea is a Herbal Tea. It derives from the leaves of the common nettle plant (Urtica dioica), which have had their infamous stings removed. The result is a delicious - if a little surprising - minty infusion from start to finish. Perhaps more important, though, is its ability to promote one’s health and wellbeing in a vast multitude of ways.

Nettle Leaf Tea benefits kidney function through its diuretic qualities (promoting the formation of urine). Some scientists have even found correlations between its consumption and reduced symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BHP), a condition that can cause bladder or kidney damage. In one study, participants given Nettle extract had reduced kidney pain after six months.

Is Green Tea Good for Kidney Disease

Is Green Tea Good for Kidney Disease?

Green Tea is a so-called “real” Tea insofar as it comes from the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant. The difference between each type (i.e. Green, Black, White and Oolong, all of which come from the same plant) is the processing of the leaves. This particular variety undergoes only a minimal amount of oxidation and, as a result, is brimming with health-promoting antioxidants.

Yet the question remains: Is Green Tea good for kidney disease? Unfortunately, such is the scarcity of evidence that we’re not even going to say that it “might” help. The flip side is that, according to a 2019 study, it at least can’t do any harm. The researchers involved in the project concluded that Green Tea does not contribute to the formation of kidney stones, a fact supported by another study conducted in 2016.

Can Ginger Tea Dissolve Kidney Stones

Can Ginger Tea Dissolve Kidney Stones

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a member of the Zingiberaceae family. When it comes to Herbal Tea made from the plant, the most critical component is nestled underground. This is the rhizome - better known as Ginger Root. Brew it once, and you’ll get bold peppery notes with zesty overtones. Brew it frequently enough, and you’ll receive its proven medicinal value with every sip.

Is Ginger Tea good for kidney stones and kidney disease? Similar to Green Tea, there is little evidence either for or against its consumption for such a purpose. Meanwhile, its close relative - in other words, Turmeric Tea for kidney stones - could make matters worse. The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, therefore, urge you to avoid both types if you already have kidney issues.

Dandelion Root Tea for Kidney Stones

Dandelion Root Tea for Kidney Stones

This delightful, wholesome and refreshing Herbal Tea (sometimes called Dandelion Coffee when roasted) comes from a large genus of flowering plants belonging to the Asteraceae family. The taproot found underground is the component used to create a distinctly earthy flavour. Though often deemed a pesky weed in the garden, making it into a cuppa has enormous potential.

Indeed, a 2009 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that it could increase urination for five hours after consumption. The diuretic capacity of Dandelion Root Tea, much like Nettle Leaf Tea, eases pressure on the bladder and kidneys. Combined with its antioxidant strength that prevents the formation of kidney stones, you have here a match made in heaven.

Support the Kidneys with Tea

Drinking Herbal Tea for kidney pain and other issues appears to be an increasingly fashionable trend. While not always grounded in science, there is equally little to suggest that supposed kidney cleansing Teas cause any harm.

You can buy them online or in-store here at our Kent-based factory shop. Alternatively, please browse our range to find something that better suits your needs.

Author: Richard Smith

Partner at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company

Richard Smith is a Tea expert, entrepreneur, and owner of The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Part of a family of renowned Tea planters dating back four generations, he was born in Calcutta (Kolkata), India, where he spent his childhood between Tea Estates in Assam and Darjeeling.

In the late 1970s, having accumulated years of knowledge in the industry, Mr Smith and his mother, Janet Smith, moved to Kent, South East England, to establish a Tea business in the village of Pluckley. Their early days of packing Tea Bags by hand from chests of 10,000 prompted the creation of the company’s flagship infusion known as Pluckley Tea. It remains our most popular product today.

Mr Smith, who studied economics at London Polytechnic, has since specialised in over 1,000 types of Loose Leaf Tea - in addition to around 70 varieties of Roast Coffee - from around the world. These are now available at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, where everything is still packed by hand and fresh to order, not only to honour tradition but to ensure the utmost quality and consistency.