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The urinary system includes the kidneys, bladder, ureters and urethra.
Role of the Urinary System
Proper functioning of the urinary system is fundamental to overall health and well being. Maintenance of homeostasis is dependent on the functioning of the urinary system. The roles of the urinary system include:
- The kidneys are a major organ of elimination of wastes from the body.
- The kidneys work in conjunction with the liver, the lungs, the skin, and the bowels to ensure a clean internal environment.
- Excess water, toxic waste products of metabolism, and inorganic salts are disposed of in the form of urine.
- The kidneys are largely responsible for maintaining the acid base balance and water balance of the body.
- The kidneys release a protein called erythropoietin which stimulates the bone marrow to increase the formation of red blood cells. This protein is also involved in maintaining blood pressure.
- Some drugs and their metabolites are eliminated through the kidneys.
- The kidneys produce urine via filtering the blood.
There are many different urinary symptoms and kidney diseases. Below are some of the most common ones treated by naturopathic doctors.
General Urinary Symptoms / Conditions
Other Genitourinary Conditions
- ↑ Therapeutic Herbalism