Home Remedies For Kidney Stone
The kidneys and the bladder play important roles in the body. The main function of the kidneys is to remove excess fluid and waste products from the body through urine. They also regulate the body’s potassium and sodium levels, as well as its pH balance, and produce hormones that affect other organs, including erythropoietin (which stimulates red blood cell production) and renin (which helps blood flow). Since the kidneys are such a vital body organ, any injury or disease that interferes with kidney function has the potential to be very serious. Kidney disease is actually a catch-all term that includes diseases ranging from kidney stones and urinary tract infections to more serious disorders such as glomerulonephritis and polycystic kidney disease.
Although each kidney condition has its own unique characteristics, certain symptoms are associated with the majority of kidney problems.
These include a frequent urge to urinate, chills, fluid retention (puffiness in the face and limbs or resulting weight gain), back pain (felt just under the ribs), vomiting, fever, pain, nausea, loss of appetite, and a burning sensation during urination. The urine may be cloudy or bloody. Both kidneys are usually affected by kidney disease. If the ability of the kidneys to filter blood is seriously damaged, excess fluid and waste may build up in the body. This causes symptoms of kidney failure and severe swelling.
The bladder is a hollow organ with muscular walls that is part of the urinary tract. Urine continuously drains into the bladder from the kidney. In an adult, the bladder can hold about two cups of urine. As the bladder fills, it causes discomfort and, hence, the urge to urinate.
Bladder infections and inflammation can occur in any area of the bladder and servicing tissue. The most common bladder disorder, cystitis, is an infection or inflammation of the bladder. Symptoms of cystitis include a frequent urge to urinate (even though the bladder may be empty), excessive night urination, and dark or cloudy urine with an unpleasant or strong odor. Lower abdominal pain and a painful, burning sensation on urination may accompany the infection.
There may be blood in the urine, and you may suffer chills, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and back pain. In addition to the herbs listed below, other beneficial herbs include barberry, bilberry, horsetail, marshmallow, sarsaparilla, and speedwell.
- 1 teaspoon Oregon grape root
- 1 teaspoon wild cherry root
- 2 cups water
- Place the above herbs in a pan and cover with the water; bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 3o minutes; cool and strain. Place a tablespoon of the resulting tea in an 8-ounce glass of water and stir well. Drink one to two tablespoons at a time, up to one cup a day.
Improve urine flow
- 1 teaspoon horseradish root
- 1 teaspoon queen of the meadow
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1 cup boiling water
- Combine the above herbs and cover with the boiling water; steep for 3o minutes; strain. Take one tablespoon of the mixture in a glass of apple juice, three or four times daily.
- Kidney stones are crystals that form in the kidneys or the bladder. These crystals are composed of calcium salts, uric acid, or struvite, a kind of crystal that contains magnesium. A passed stone’s appearance is a clue to its composition. Calcium stones— the most common kind—may be mulberry-shaped. Uric acid stones are shaped like footballs and are reddish-brown or tan. Struvite stones are the color of maple syrup and are faceted.
- Kidney stones usually cause no symptoms until they are dislodged. A dislodged kidney stone can cause excruciating, radiating pain originating in the flank or kidney area, along with chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating, frequent urination, pus and blood in the urine, and odorous or cloudy urine. Struvite and uric acid stones may form “staghorn” that imbed the stone into the kidney. Embedded stones also can cause extreme pain.
- Possible causes of kidney stones include Cushing’s syndrome, or overactive adrenal glands; cystinuria, or elevated levels of the amino acid cystine in the urine; and sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease. Diet is another important factor in the formation of kidney stones. Stones can form in response to hepatitis, yeast infections, and especially bacterial urinary tract infections, which can infect the stones themselves.
- The diagnosis of kidney stones is made by locating the stone or by ultrasound, in which sound waves are used to produce a “picture” of the urinary tract. Small stones may be simply monitored to see that they do not grow. Large stones may be treated with lithotripsy, in which high-frequency sound waves are used to crush the stone. If lithotripsy does not work, surgery may be necessary. Herbal therapies should be used preventively, rather than during acute attacks.
- Use the Japanese beverage Lysimachia or kinsenso tea, available from Japanese grocery stores, to increase urination and help the kidneys flush out small stones. Take 1 to 2 cups daily for three to four months.
- Eat adequate amounts of fiber. Low fiber consumption is associated with a high risk of stone development.
- Use any magnesium supplement that does not include calcium. Magnesium reduces the rate at which the digestive tract absorbs calcium and lowers the concentration of calcium in the urine.
- To avoid the formation of new stones, do not consume large amounts of alcohol or fat.
- Avoid high-protein and “crash” diets. They greatly increase the acidity of the urine, which can promote the development of some types of stones.
- Limit vitamin C supplementation to between 2,000 and 4,000 milligrams daily for periods of no more than two weeks at a time, taking care to drink at least eight glasses of water daily. Higher dosages, continuous use of vitamin C, or use of vitamin C during periods of dehydration may contribute to stone formation.
- To prevent new calcium stones from forming, avoid dairy products, meats, beet greens, black tea, cocoa, cranberries, nuts, parsley, pepper, spinach, Swiss chard, and especially rhubarb.
- To prevent new uric acid stones from forming, avoid purine-rich foods, such as anchovies, herring, mackerel, sardines, shellfish, and yeast.
Author: Dr Izharul Hasan