Good health is a gift that flows from harmony. Think of an orchestra that produces the most beautiful music when all the instruments are in harmony: the body also produces beautiful music when all the organs and systems are in balance. Problems occur when one of these elements go out of balance - out of tune - and causes a cascade of negative effects throughout the body. The dominoes fall where they shouldn't, and when this happens, we say we do not feel well.
Where could all this start?
Swiss naturopath Alfred Vogel was of the opinion that the body’s health was dependent on the regulating action of both the liver and kidney. He viewed these organs as the filtration system of the blood. Just as we have to change the oil, fuel and air filters of our cars, we also have to ensure that our liver and kidneys are in good working order.
Sometimes the human body shows signs of liver and kidney problems long before pathological tests do. There is a big difference, however, between a liver and kidneys that are 'sick', and organs that are overworked, slow and struggling with reduced function. If the liver and kidneys have deteriorated seriously, you have to consult a healthcare professional for diagnosis and help. The information we're talking about here, based on advice from Alfred Vogel, is to help you keep these two vital organs healthy with the aim of preventing problems from developing.
So how do you know that your liver function needs help? Typical liver warning signs include:
Alfred Vogel called the liver the regulator of the body, which is a good description. Each and every chemical process in the blood starts with enzymes that emanate mostly from the liver. The liver not only cleans the blood, but also produces cholesterol, gall, hormones, and enzymes; in fact, it performs an estimated 500 different functions daily! It also stores iron and glucose for future needs. Vitamin A, B, D, E and K are stored in the liver; the liver transforms saturated fats into unsaturated fats as and when the body requires energy. It also breaks down haemoglobin and re-uses it in the body. Excess amino-acids are broken down and discarded as urea which is then excreted by the kidneys. You can see why your liver deserves attention and support!
Cleaning out waste and toxins
The kidneys work continuously with the liver to purify the blood of waste products and material that can be toxic. The kidneys also have to ensure that there is not too much water in the blood otherwise the volume of blood becomes too high for the small arteries and high blood pressure may result. In order to control the amount of water in the blood, the kidneys use a wonderful method of substituting salt, potassium and magnesium with each other inside the cells of the kidneys and in the blood. The kidneys have to calculate this very accurately to ensure that the perfect amount of these minerals is in the body and won't be detrimental to one’s circulation.
The trained eye can look at the colour of urine and tell how well the kidneys are working, and how healthy the liver and gallbladder are. Just think: urine consists of what was in the blood a moment ago! The kidneys regulate the water and pH-balance (acid-alkaline levels) in the blood which has a direct influence on the chemical landscape of the whole body. Did you know that the kidneys are responsible for new red blood cells produced in the bone marrow? The kidneys can also help to protect protein in the urine, thereby ensuring that we do not lose muscle mass.
Another important job for the kidneys is to expel acid from the blood, which helps to regulate its acid/alkaline balance. Most people are aware that a constant acid state in the body can be detrimental to your general health. You therefore have to drink water to help the kidneys - enough to produce clean urine at least once a day. Most people do well with two to three litres of water per day. If one considers everything that the kidneys do for the body, you can understand how our health could be in danger if things started going out of balance and the kidneys weaken or become sick.
The kidneys do give us warning signs of distress so we can take corrective action - and they include:
Two excellent herb tonics
Alfred Vogel gave a lot of attention to the liver, gallbladder, kidneys and bladder because of their extreme importance in maintaining general health, and developed two excellent herb tonics for these organs. He always treated the liver and the kidneys simultaneously because their filtration systems are so closely related. Most of his patients used these tonics until he was sure that they were on their way to good health.
A. Vogel Boldocynara liver and gallbladder drops consist of extracts of four different fresh herbs. The main ingredient is artichoke (Cynara scolymus), a plant that Vogel considered one of the best liver cleansers. Artichoke helps to get the gall flowing, regulates cholesterol and helps stimulate liver function while being a tonic for the liver at the same time. Dandelion, boldo and mint help to support the cleansing action in the liver by gently assisting with digestion, flatulence, a spastic colon and constipation. This was definitely a formula which Vogel counted on to help support liver function.
A. Vogel Nephrosolid kidney and bladder drops also consist of extracts of four different fresh herbs. Solidago (Golden Rod) is the main ingredient and has been used for years by skilful doctors to assist with kidney function. Solidago has an antiseptic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect on the urinary tract. It is very efficient for bladder problems, with the potential to prevent kidney stones and even assist in excreting existing ones. Equisetum, rest harrow and birch make up the rest of the herbal formula that helps fight acidity and regulate water levels.
People who are healthy and who wish to revitalise their liver and kidneys can use Boldocynara and Nephrosolid three times a day for six weeks. For good cleansing, do this three or four times per year. People who take regular chronic medication would benefit from taking Boldocynara and Nephrosolid three times per day for six weeks, after which it should be taken once a day to support the liver and kidneys to process residue from the medication. Someone who consumes a lot of coffee or alcohol may feel slightly nauseous when commencing with Boldocynara and may wish to initially halve the dosage.
Alfred Vogel always believed that nature was good, and with these two herbal gifts from him, the liver and kidneys can produce the most beautiful music - and send a positive domino effect rippling through your body.
We received a letter from a lady who suffered from severe pain on the right side of the ribcage and back, as well as migraines, nausea and constant bladder infections. She felt faint frequently and sometimes could not move. Medication was of no help. She heard about Boldocynara and Nephrosolid on a radio show, used them and says now that these products are the greatest invention! Her pain, nausea, infections and kidney problems have gone and she insists that it was thanks to Boldocynara and Nephrosolid.