Kidney Stones • Natural Home Remedies

Kidney stones are small masses of salts and minerals that form in the kidneys. When a large stone travels through the urinary tract, it can cause pain.

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One’s chances of getting a kidney stone are increased by dehydration, genetics or the presence of certain medical conditions. Caucasian males have higher rates of incidence.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Pain in the groin
  • Pain in the vicinity of the kidneys
  • Pain urinating
  • Blood in the urine
  • Fever and chills with an infection

PREVALENCE

According to the NCBI the latest studies indicate the prevalence of kidney stones in the US was 8.8% (one in eleven people). Risk factors are obesity, being a white male, and/or having diabetes.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Doctors would diagnose with imaging tests or ultrasound. Most people pass stones within a couple days by drinking plenty of fluids. If a stone does not pass on its own, lithotripsy (shock waves) can break the stone into smaller pieces. Surgical removal is an option. Another way is removal by ureteroscope.



SELF-TREATMENT

DIET

A healthy body is always the first line of defense against disease conditions. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

FOODS TO PROMOTE HEALING

  • More vegetables, less meat
  • Sprouted grains
  • Vitamin A-rich foods
  • Watermelon

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Alcohol, which is dehydrating
  • Antacids that are calcium-based
  • Avoid foods high in oxalic acid
  • Caffeine, which is dehydrating
  • Calcium supplements (unless advised by a doctor) and in particular, synthetic calcium
  • Grapefruit juice
  • High-oxalate foods (dark greens, black tea, beans, beets, chocolate, nuts, strawberries, wheat bran)
  • Processed foods
  • Processed red meats
  • Protein (no higher than recommended amount to sustain your LBM)
  • Salt (no higher than recommended amount, and even less if you have calcium stones)
  • Sodas
  • Tobacco
  • Vitamin C (no higher than recommended amount)
  • Vitamin D (no higher than recommended amount

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Lemon juice and olive oil in equal parts followed by a large glass of water.  Follow that with another large glass of water with the juice of half a lemon and a tablespoon or raw apple cider vinegar.  Repeat hourly until you feel better.
  • Aloe vera juice
  • Basil tea
  • Horsetail tea
  • Nettle leaf tea
  • Pomegranate juice

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Chanca Piedra
  • Couch grass
  • Dandelion Root capsules
  • Uva Ursi in capsule form

ESSENTIAL OILS

The following oils may help improve circulation. They can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath. You can rub the diluted topical solution over the kidney area every day.  Some of these oils may be safe for ingestion but it isn’t always safe to ingest essential oils so ask a professional before doing so.

  • Basil
  • Chamomile
  • Clary sage
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Helichrysum in carrier oil and rubbed over lower abdomen twice a day
  • Lavender
  • Lemon oil or other citrus oils. Two drops in water 2x daily and drink.
  • Lemongrass
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Wintergreen
  • Yarrow

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

  • Cranberry extract
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Folic acid
  • Grocare India (an herbal product), said to dissolve stones. FDA approved
  • Jin Qian Chiao pill
  • Magnesium (kidney beans are high in magnesium)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin E

HYDRATION

Hydration is particularly important in this condition; drink a glass of water every hour. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough, generally? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ ounce to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

That exercise is beneficial is undisputed and inactivity may encourage the formation of stones. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Be sensible.

SLEEP

Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies. If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • If you are overweight, slim down.
  • Beware of too much Vitamin D, which leads to excess calcium.
  • Pay attention to your body’s PH balance and work at normalizing it.
  • Castor oil pack to relieve cramping or spasms
  • Hot pack to relax the muscles in the painful area
  • Hot vinegar pack, 50-50 with water, for pain

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

PREVENTION

  • Exercise regularly
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Eat a wholesome diet
  • Get quality sleep
  • Reduce stress

CAUTIONS

Allergies may contribute to a propensity for kidney stones.

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