Palo Azul bark has been used for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for kidneys.
Because of this, it is often called Kidney Wood.
In this article, we sift through the data to reveal recent research behind this ancient natural remedy. This article looks to scientific studies and research that has been published about Palo Azul tea.
Palo Azul is better known in South and Central America where it is a native plant that has been used to treat kidneys for hundreds of years.
How Palo Azul & Your Kidneys Work Together
Palo Azul is known to be a natural diuretic. A diuretic is a substance that promotes diuresis or the increased production of urine.
In medicine, diuretics are used to treat heart failure, liver cirrhosis, hypertension, and you guessed it, certain kidney diseases.
Palo Azul has been used for hundreds of years by the Aztec people for its diuretic properties. After Europeans landed in South and Central America they started to export Palo Azul to Europe for it's medical benefits.
Palo Azul tea is best purchased and prepared as a tea.
Recent studies have shown many other mechanisms at work when consuming Palo Azul. We get into the details of the science below.
The Function of Your Kidneys
Your kidneys are a critical organ in your body. Their job is to clean your body of waste. That waste is combined with extra water from your blood and flushed out of your body as urine.
The kidneys are susceptible to many diseases that can inhibit the natural function. For this reason, it is important to keep your kidneys healthy.
Recent Medical Literature Review*
Though Palo Azul has been used as a traditional remedy for hundreds of years we wanted to look at current research being done at some of the top research institutions in the world.
After reading over 25 studies and papers we found the following take aways.
A Natural Diuretic
A study in 2016 by BDPS concluded that Palo Azul does act as a diuretic helping the urinary system to excrete water and sodium. These results support the traditional uses of the bark.
Above we talked about how diuretics are used to treat kidney disease. Palo Azul is a natural diuretic but there are even more benefits of preparing the tea.
Increased insulin resistance
It is thought that kidney disease is the result of defective insulin signaling in the kidneys.
A 2016 study from Japan found that Palo Azul has numerous physiological effects that contribute to the prevention of metabolic syndromes.
Metabolic Syndrome includes the combination of the following conditions high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat, and high cholesterol. The World Journal of Nephrology states that Metabolic syndrome is associated with chronic kidney disease markers. Although the mechanism remains unclear for this it is widely documented.
Their conclusion was that Palo Azul may improve insulin resistance conditions by facilitating the formation of myotubes by promoting myocyte differentiation.
Stop Common Kidney Stones
Another study looked at how isoflavones (a crystalline compound found in plants) from Palo Azul protected against kidney stones.
They were looking to see if the isoflavones could stop the creation of calcium oxalate (the medical name for the most common type of kidney stones).
They found that the isolated isoflavones in Palo Azul stopped the formation of calcium oxalate crystal growth in rats.
They also put in their conclusion that you can take Palo Azul as a preventative measure to avoid kidney stone growth.
Palo Azul in Natural Medicine
It is stated that Palo Azul (Kidneywood) helps issues with kidney stones and urinary tract sediment because of the plant's alkalinizing nature (reduce acid). It should be noted small clinical trials have seen reducing the dietary acid load slows the decrease in kidney function.
Charles Kane goes on to write that the acidic precipitants will dissolve back into the urine and then reduce pain and urinary tract irritability from lithic deposits.
It was found that the extracts from the wood produced a significant inhibition of inflammation. These results supported the use of Palo Azul as an anti-inflammatory.
Nephritis is a disease that involves the inflammation of kidneys and surrounding tissue.
Blood Glucose Levels
The extracts from submerging Palo Azul in water was found to significantly decrease the blood glucose levels in diabetic rats. These results correlate with traditional uses of Palo Azul to decrease glucose levels.
Glucose is commonly known as you blood sugar. Multiple studies have looked at the glucose regulation and the kidneys.
Excess glucose in your bloodstream can cause kidney damage as they have too much blood to filter. It is known that high levels of glucose can increase your risk of kidney damage.
How to Consume Palo Azul
We have many clients that continue to purchase Palo Azul tea for their kidneys. It is best to consume as a tea made from the bark of the tree.. The taste is quite mild and is easy to make. We send detailed instructions with every package of fresh Palo Azul bark.
There are no known side effects of the tea and you can drink 3-4 measuring cups a day.
It has been used for hundreds of years for kidney health. Yet recent studies have helped better understand the popularity of the tea. They have helped to uncover multiple mechanisms that help promote kidney function.
If you are interested in purchasing Palo Azul tea you can buy directly here (we offer free shipping).
*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis from a physician.