Kidney stones are hard mineral deposits which may get stuck or pass with pain from the kidneys or one of the ureters. Many people don’t know that they have kidney stones unless there is a specific problem or during a routine doctor’s exam. 90% of kidney stones pass spontaneously; 10% need surgery.
Symptoms of kidney stones include sudden intermittent pains that may cause radiating pains into kidney, pelvic, testes, legs or abdomen. There is over 50% reoccurrence statistically.
Common causes of kidney stones include a diet rich in animal proteins, coffee, black tea, hard water or fast foods. Other less common or serious diseases contributing to kidney stones include sick parathyroid glands (they regulate calcium), infections, or even structural effects. We will mostly deal with the common stones.
Modern medicine uses pain killers, diuretics and even lithotripsy to blast kidney stones. Lithotripsy has problems with damage to tissues; surgery has its dangers too.
Prevention may include the following: Eating a vegetarian diet as well as drinking water or citrus juices at 2 quarts a day. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, coffee, black or green tea, as well as sodas. Statistically, vegetarians fare best.
Nutrition for help with Kidney Stones
Magnesium supplements should help relieve spasms and relax the ureters; use by increasing the dose up until getting diarrhea. Vitamin B-6 has been shown to be helpful at 100 milligrams to 200 milligrams per day. Cranberry extract can help keep kidney stones away.
Herbs for Kidney Stones
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Herbs for prevention may include Rose hip tea once or twice a day.
An herbal formula for prevention of kidney stones is:
Dave’s Kidney Formula – Knotweed, Rosehips, Watercress, Sarsaparilla, Veronica, Agrimony, Meadowsweet – to strengthen kidney function.
Use the following herbs singly or in combination:
Hydrangea root may dissolve stones.
Marshmallow root protects the urinary passages and soothes the passage of kidney stones.
Dandelion leaf can be a safe diuretic to stimulate urinary flow.
Cramp bark is used to soothe muscle spasms quickly.
Uva ursi is used as a urinary disinfectant and diuretic.
Cell Salts to Help with Kidney Stones
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#1 Calc fluor 6X – helps dissolve stones
#2 Calc phos 6X – normalizes calcium absorption or remova
#8 Mag phos 6X – right-sided, shooting pains, relaxes muscles, spasms
Kidney Stone Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Berberis vulgaris (#1 Homeopathic for Kidney Stones) – use in 200c potency for acute radiating pains, more left sided; pains radiate to testers, urethra, thighs, legs. Use 200c several times a day in an emergency along with other herbal and cell salt remedies.
Benzoic acid – strong smelling urine, mostly left sided; also connected with arthritis.
Calcarea carb – in obese people with weak ankles; tendency to chronically produce stones; over working and from fears; worse nights.
Lithium carb – highly regarded; pain in urethra and spermatic cord into testicles; tendency to gout; arthritis and bipolar conditions.
Lycopodium – right-sided; liver and kidney remedy; mostly urate (uric acid) stones; excessive urination at night; worse 4 to 8 pm.
Pareira brava – bladder feels full; mostly left-sided; urinary retention; radiates to thighs, feet and pelvic aria.
Sarsaparilla – mostly right-sided; pain at end of urination; depressed, moody, easily offended.
Sepia – with hormonal problems; exhausted; thick foul white, bloody urination; irritable.
Urtica urens – urine causes itching; suppressed urine; skin problems; allergies; gout conditions.