Planetary Herbals Stone Free 820 mg. 90 TabletsPlanetary Herbals Stone Free is a unique combination designed to support the kidneys, liver and gallbladder. Planetary Herbals Stone Free's comprehensive formula is twofold - it aids normal fluid elimination and bile production and assists with the body's natural cleansing processes. Primarily detoxifying botanicals, the herbs in Planetary Herbals Stone Free act to flush, cleanse and detoxify, ridding the body of mineral and other waste and fat-soluble toxins.In dealing with the elimination of waste and toxic substances from the body, the kidneys, liver and gallbladder can, over time, become overburdened. Planetary Herbals offers you Stone Free, a unique blend of turmeric root, gravel root, dandelion root extract, ginger root, lemon balm leaf, marshmallow root, parsley root, dandelion root, and licorice root. These herbs have been used historically to support the kidneys, liver and gallbladder and promote healthy organ function. Dandelion root and turmeric root are bitter substances that can support the body's normal bile flow. Parsley root and marshmallow root have been used historically for supporting normal fluid elimination. Created for Planetary Herbals by licensed acupuncturist and clinical herbalist Michael Tierra. A clinician since 1972, Michael is an authority on the world's herbal traditions, and has authored several respected herb books. Purifying Support for the KidneysHealthy kidney function involves the filtration of waste products (including various minerals) from the blood, and the excretion of liquid waste through the urine. Primary kidney supporting herbs - such as gravel root, parsley root, and marshmallow root - have traditionally been used to aid normal fluid elimination and general genitourinary health, thereby helping to ensure the smooth passage of urinary waste through the urinary tract. Gravel root's flushing and cleansing action helps to rid the body of mineral waste. Classified as a tonic, parsley root stimulates and improves the eliminative function of the kidneys and assists in the balance of fluids in the body. Marshmallow root, in particular, is rich in mucilage; its coating action is known to soothe, moisten, and protect the genitourinary tract.Bitter Substances and the Normal Flow of BileOne of the liver's main methods of detoxification is in the manufacture and secretion of bile - a carrying agent for the elimination of toxic substances from the body. Stored in the gallbladder and then released into the small intestine, bile also serves in the digestion of fatty acids and absorption of fat-soluble nutrients; it emulsifies fats, and therefore is essential in the proper health of the gallbladder. However, if bile is not properly metabolized, it can mix with excess minerals, affecting its normal excretion functions. Herbs that support liver and gallbladder health have been used for centuries in traditional herbology. Known as cholagogues, they stimulate the production of bile, or promote the discharge of bile into the duodenum, and also flush and detoxify the gallbladder; this in turn helps to emulsify fat deposit build-up common with high fat, low fiber diets. Dandelion root and turmeric, two such cholagogues, are bitter substances that support digestion and help facilitate the body's normal flow of bile. In addition, turmeric's cleansing action helps to detoxify the liver. Licorice root, another cholagogue, is a soothing lubricant that assists the body's natural cleansing processes and the excretion of toxins and waste. Ginger root and lemon balm leaf further aid in digestion and elimination.Lifestyle RecommendationsTo support liver and gallbladder health avoids the excessive consumption of saturated fats and supplement with Planetary Herbals Digestive Grape Bitters. For additional kidney support, drink plenty of pure water and avoid excess consumption of foods high in oxalates or oxalic acid, such as coffee, chocolate, cocoa, tea, rhubarb, spinach, and other plant foods.Combining Tradition and Modern ScienceStone Free™ is a unique combination developed exclusively for Planetary Herbals by world-renowned herbalist Michael Tierra, L.Ac., O.M.D. Like the rest of the Planetary Herbals product line, Stone Free™ exemplifies Planetary Herbals' commitment to herbalism at its best-combining the wisdom of traditional herbalism with the advances of modern science. Backed by the traditions of Western and Chinese herbalism and years of clinical experience, this formula offers you the vital support needed for optimal kidney, liver and gallbladder health. The result: an herbal formula you can rely on for ongoing wellness!FAQDoes Planetary Herbals have vegetarian products and if so which ones are they?Products that are for vegetarians have descriptions on the label that identify the specific product as vegetarian. If the label does not specify vegetarian, then the product may contain ingredients unsuitable for those specifically adhering to a vegetarian diet.I have allergies to various things and would like to know how to find out if Planetary Herbals products are hypoallergenic?Planetary Herbals declares the presence of any of the major food allergens. They also frequently describe on the label the specific components that the product does not contain to help you make a personal assessment of the suitability of the product for your specific allergic condition. Please check the label regularly, as some formulas change, as do allergens. You should always check with your healthcare professional before taking any dietary supplement if you have any health concerns.How does Planetary Herbals determine the "suggested use," "recommended dose," or "serving size," that are on the labels of your products?Each product is researched carefully by their product development and research team to determine the amount of product to be used that is both safe and effective. It is always important to read the label of the product in detail to clearly identify important usage information. If you have a specific dose or serving size concern, you should always check with your healthcare professional prior to utilizing any dietary supplement.Where do the ingredients for Planetary Herbals products come from?Their ingredients come from a variety of sources that are located all over the world and they must meet their strict requirements. Ingredients are sampled and inspected for both purity and potency. The specific locations or sources of their raw materials are proprietary to their business as many competitors attempt to reproduce their formulations.I am currently taking one of Planetary Herbals' dietary supplements. Can this item be mixed with other supplements?In many cases, though it varies for each individual's health needs, supplements can be combined. Of course, you should always read the labels of all the products you are considering to see if any contra-indications exist. Planetary Herbals highly recommends that you take personal responsibility for informing yourself to tailor your nutritional program to meet your own health goals. If you have a health question not clearly answered on the labels, consult with your healthcare professional.Is it safe for me to take Planetary Herbals dietary supplements if I have a specific medical problem?Planetary Herbals is in this business because they care about people's health. Anyone with a medical condition that has a concern about using a supplement product should always consult with their healthcare professional.About Planetary HerbalsPlanetary Herbals have been developed by expert herbalists, focusing predominantly on the thousands of years of experience of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese herbalism, the hundreds of years of experience of Western herbal practitioners, and the more than 30 years of clinical experience of professional herbalists such as Michael Tierra, Lesley Tierra, Jill Stansbury, and Alan Tillotson.Planetary Herbals offers the best of classic herbal traditions, integrating herbal formulas used continuously for literally hundreds of thousands of years, with the latest finding of clinical pharmacological research.The Planetary Herbals philosophy encompasses much more than herbal magic bullets. Each product is designed to promote health, not just make people feel better. Planetary Herbals' Full Spectrum singles are designed to provide the best in single ingredient products; each formula is skillfully blended according to traditional and modern principles. Integral to this philosophy is attention to detail regarding quality of raw materials, individual responsibility for self-healing, environmental awareness, and education.Planetary Herbals' VisionThe majority of the world's population has relied upon plants for health and healing since the beginning of time. Planetary Herbals recognizes this and is committed to ensuring that their time-tested herbal traditions continue to evolve, grow, and flourish.Planetary Herbals' MissionTo integrate traditional herbal wisdom, modern pharmacological science, and human clinical experience into each botanical product, in order to provide consumers and health professionals with reliable, expertly crafted, high quality herbal supplements.