A unique herbal formula to enhance proper cleansing and health for the liver, kidneys, and urinary tract, while helping the body to eliminate infections.
L-K-U™ is a unique formula containing herbs known for their special ability to enhance the health of the liver, kidneys and urinary tract organs. Some of these herbs have been clinically proven to help decongest the liver and gall bladder while serving as astringents or cleansing agents. It also contains infection fighting herbs for the kidneys and urinary tract organs.
L-K-U™ contains Silymarin Seed, Dandelion Root, Juniper Berry, Uva- Ursi Leaf Extract, Cornsilk Extract, Cranberry Juice Concentrate, Buchu Leaf Extract, Bladderwrack, Gravel Root, Marshmallow Root, Curcuma Longa, Artichoke, Cubeb Berry, Licorice Root Extract and Potassium Gluconate.
Now, let's look at these ingredients in detail!
SILYMARIN SEED (Milk thistle) has a long history as a medicine plant. New recent studies have shown this wonderful plant in a brand new light. Milk thistle is now recognized as possibly the best herb where liver complaints exist, especially conditions affecting the parenchyma i.e. hepatitis. The major advances in recent years was when the action principle was isolated and its chemical constitution was established. The flavonol was given the name silymarin.
DANDELION ROOT (Taraxacum officin-ale) was historically considered to be a good diuretic (increased the flow of urine), a laxative, a cholgogue (promised flow of bile into intestines by contracting bile ducts) and an anti-rheumatic agent. It is believed to be effective for gall bladder inflammation and indigestion, as well as used against gall stones, jaundice, scanty urine and muscular rheumatism. Dandelion was used to remove excess water from the body where liver problems were present. The root was said to affect all forms of secretions from the body and thereby remove poisons from the system. A water extract of the root showed a strong antitum or effect in Ehrlich Ascites carcinoma and mammary carcinoma in mice due to a cytoytic activation or macrophages. Both the root and leaf have been used traditionally to treat various types of cancer.
JUNIPER BERRY (Juniperos communis) through recent research, has been employed as urinary antiseptic particularly for treating cystitis. Juniper also serves as a natural diuretic and carminative. Early information about juniper was available from the American Indians, they used the plant for stomach aches and colds. By the 17th century juniper berries had become known in Europe and America as being an effective relief for gas, scurvy, worms and dropsy.
UVA-URSI LEAF (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Spreng) was historically believed to be an excellent diuretic, urinary antiseptic and astringent. It was considered one of the best herbs to stimulate kidney activity and rid the body of excess fluids and toxins.
CORNSILK EXTRACT (Zea mays L.) are the dried stigmas from unripe corn. This traditional herb was classified as demulcent (soothing agent), as a diuretic (removes excess fluids) and was said to help increase the flow of fluids especially where inflammation existed. It was said to free the circulation of urea and relieve irritation arising from an excess of urates and phosphates.
CRANBERRIES (Vaccinium oxyococcus) have been used to fight urinary infection. They contain hippuric acid which passes from the body as an acid, thereby helping to maintain the normal germ fighting acidity of the urinary tract. Cranberry juice is considered useful in cystitis or bladder infection. Cranberries are high in benzoic acid, a natural anti-fungal substance.
BUCHU LEAF EXTRACT (Barosmabetulina) is said to expedite healing where chronic complaints of the genito-urinary tract exists. Buchu is also widely used where enlargement of the male prostate gland exists and relieves irritation of the membrane of the urethra. Buchu is now being used also in the first stages of diabetes.
BLADDERWRACK (Fucus vesiculosis-L.) is a type of seaweed found along both the coasts of North America and the Atlantic shores of Europe. It has been widely used in the treatment of goiters and thyroid gland enlargement. It was subsequently found to be essential for the functioning of the thyroid. Bladderwrack, like other seaweeds, contains concentrations of iodine. It is further known for its value in helping to overcome obesity.
GRAVEL ROOT (Eupatorium purpureum) properties claimed in gravel root are diuretic, lithotriptic, astringent, nervine and stimulant. Gravel root is claimed by many natural health experts to have a rejuvenating effect on the kidneys, bladder, nerves and to relieve joint pain. It does so by helping to eliminate uric acid deposits in the joints. Gravel root is also used where female complaints exist such as endometriosis, leukorrhea and chronic uterine disease.
MARSHMALLOW ROOT (Althaea officinalis) contains from 15-20% mucilage along with natural steroids and lecithin. Traditionally considered to be one of the best demulcent (soothing and coating herbs) known to herbology. It was also classified as diuretic, emollient (external soothing agent) and vulnerary (promotes healing of cuts and wounds). Marshmallow was said capable of arresting decay and earned the name mortification root.
CURCUMA LONGA (Zingiberaceau) is one of the most popular names in herbal medicine and is from one of the oldest known plants to mankind, the ginger plant. The best ginger is from the Island of Jamaica. In China, the warm pungent tang of ginger tea is made by boiling pieces of fresh ginger root in water. It has long been prescribed for colds, coughs, flu and hangovers. The Chinese say that ginger has the power to strengthen the lungs and also the kidneys. It serves as a carrier for other herbs to enter the system more easily.
ARTICHOKE (Cynara-scolymus) is primarily used as a cholagogue-diuretic. The extracts of the leaves and root are said to be helpful in preventing arteriosclerosis and have also been used for jaundice, dyspepsia, liver insufficiency and chronic albuminuria.
CUBEB BERRY (Piper-cubeba) uses have varied in the past but have always stood the test when used as an antiseptic, carminative and diuretic. It works well as a urinary tract stimulant. The oil in cubeb acts as an antiseptic against the disease gonorrhea.
LICORICE ROOT EXTRACT (Glycyrrhiza) serves as a demulcent, or a general soothing agent, in this formula. It is also known to serve as a diuretic, expectorant, laxative and helps to remove mucus congestion from the body.
POTASSIUM GLUCONATE is a mineral salt added as a supplement to replace potassium loss during cleansing. It is possible to lose potassium while using urinary tract cleansing herbs. For this reason potassium gluconate is used because it is completely water soluble and will not overload the system.