How to Treat Kidney Stones Naturally
Kidney stones are quite common and usually affect people aged 30–60 years of age. A kidney stone is a solid mass made up of tiny crystals formed in the kidneys from dietary minerals in the urine. Most of the stones are made out of calcium oxalate. Oxalate is an organic salt that when combined with calcium it produces an insoluble mass which is the most common compound in kidney stones.
Kidney stones are much more common in men than women. Also overweight and obese people are more likely to get a kidney stone than people of a normal weight.
Symptoms of a kidney stone include flank pain which can be quite severe, and blood in the urine. It’s also worth noting that kidney stones are also one of the reasons for leukocytes (white blood cells) in urine. The journal Urology published a report showing that in almost half the patients who had kidney stones removed showed a high urine leukocyte count.
After a kidney stone has formed, your body will try to pass it out of the body in the urine. Small stones may be passed out painlessly in the urine and may even go undetected, but larger stones can be very painful to pass.
People who tend to suffer from kidney stones can reduce the recurrences and prevent new calcium oxalate stone formation by treating kidney stones naturally:
Diet + Water
You should avoid or lower the consumption of foods rich in oxalate such as: chocolate, tea, caffeine, salt, nuts, beets, rhubarb, spinach, wheat bran and phosphate based soft drinks. According to a research also grapefruit juice increases the risk of kidney stones. It is recommended to increase fiber consumption and to drink plenty of water that will make the calcium oxalate more soluble and less likely to form crystals. You can add to your water half a cup lemon juice a day, as lemon juice also helps to reduce stone formation. You can also use apple cider vinegar instead of a lemon: the best way to use apple cider vinegar is to simply mix 6 teaspoons or so in about a gallon of purified water and drink throughout the day.
Magnesium + Vitamin B6
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid. But, when we ingest acetic acid into our bodies it has an alkaline effect. A healthy body needs to be more alkaline than acidic, and calcium oxalate, cystine, and uric acid stones form when the urine has too much acid in it.
For more information read my article on how to use apple cider vinegar for kidney stones.
This is an herb that is indigenous to the Amazonian rain forest of South America. Chanca piedra means in Spanish “stone breaker” and has been used by many cultures as a remedy for kidney stones.
Livestrong website mentions a research on the plant that was done in Germany, Brazil and India that has found the herb to be effective treatment for kidney health, as well as for other ailments. According to the research, the herb was given to more than 100 people with kidney stones, and 94% of them eliminated their stones within two weeks.
What’s good about it is that chanca piedra caused no side effects other than cramping during the passage of the stones. This herb can be prepared as a tea, or it can come as a tablet or tincture form. You should consult your doctor before taking extracts of this plant to avoid interaction with other medications.
Although research on the health effects of the phyllanthus herb is very limited, there’s some evidence that the phyllanthus niruri may help prevent the formation of kidney stones. Phyllanthus is a genus of plant long used in herbal medicine and is commonly used in ayurvedic medicine.
To date, there is not enough information about the safety of long-term use of supplements containing extracts of phyllanthus herb. It’s therefore important to consult with your doctor before taking supplements containing extracts of phyllanthus as it may interfere with other medications.
Uva Ursi (also known as bearberry) is an evergreen shrub that is common in the Northern Hemisphere including the United States. The leaves of the plant contain natural substances with antibacterial properties that are known to improve the function of the urinary system. This plant is used for kidney stones because of the plant’s natural diuretic properties that increase the urine flow so that it is easier to flush the kidney stones out of the body.
Uva ursi is available in tea form, in capsules and in tablets. People who use this plant can experience mild nausea for the initial days of treatment. You must consult with your doctor before using uva ursi as a natural kidney stone treatment to ensure it is safe for you.
If you want to maintain your kidneys in a top condition, read my article about the best foods and herbs to cleanse your kidneys: