Kidney stones are tiny deposits of mineral salts found in the kidneys. These deposits constitute acid compounds and mineral salts that accumulate within the kidneys. These compounds typically contain chemicals found in urine, including uric acid, calcium deposits and oxalic acid. The stones are detrimental to your health as they can affect any part of the urinary tract. The main cause of the stones is the crystallization of urine, causing the deposits to harden and clump together. As expected, passing these stones is extremely difficult and causes great pain to the affected person.
Incidentally, small stones may be passed out seamlessly in urine, and this will often go undetected. In a number of cases however, the stones lodge in a part of the urinary tract, often the ureter and the urethra. This causes a blockage of the tubes, causing extreme pain in the groin area. Other symptoms of the presence of kidney stones include frequent urination, pain when urinating, and sweating. Some people will experience inexplicable nausea which is sometimes accompanied by vomiting.
On diagnosis of the kidney stones, different treatment options are availed for the patient. Depending on the extent of the condition, one may either use home remedies or have conventional medicine prescribed. Additionally, it is important to provide preventive tips that will assist patients avoid formation of kidney stones in the future. Below are some of the most effective home remedies for the natural treatment of kidney stones. Each of the remedy indicates the approximate time required, the ingredients as well as the difficulty of the remedy for the average person.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 5 Teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 glass of warm water.
Apple cider vinegar is recommended for the natural treatment of kidney stones as it helps with their dissolution. When ingested, the dilute apple cider vinegar helps break down the hardened stones so that they are easy to disperse in the urine. Another benefit of using apple cider vinegar is that it helps restore the urine’s normal pH values, thanks to its alkalinity. Follow the directions below in order to make the best of this remedy and prevent the development of the kidney stones later.
- Add the apple cider vinegar to the glass of water and stir to ensure even mixing.
- Stir in the honey and sip this mixture thrice daily for best results.
2. Lemon Juice and Olive Oil Mixture:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Cup of fresh lemon juice, 4 tablespoons of olive oil (edible), water bath and 1 glass of warm water.
This remedy that constitutes lemon juice and olive oil has long been used in the elimination of stones found in he gallbladder. In recent times however, it has been found that the remedy is also effective for the treatment of kidney stones. The lemon juice is effective because it has a high concentration of citric acid. This acid helps disintegrate the stones by binding to the calcium present, thus inhibiting their development and accumulation. Olive oil on the other hand, has great anti-inflammatory properties that help ease the pain.
NOTE: It is important for users of this remedy to know that this remedy is not recommended for the treatment of big kidney stones. In such cases, it is advisable to seek medical guidance prior to using this remedy to ensure that one does so under the guidance of a medical doctor/ kidney specialist.
- Warm the olive oil in a water bath for a few minutes.
- Add the warm oil to the fresh lemon juice and mix well.
- Take this mixture thrice daily and follow it up with the intake of adequate water.
- Use this remedy for three days. If however, you notice that the symptoms have reduced, it is advisable to halt the use of the remedy.
3. Bran (Prepared Using Your Preferred Recipe):
Time Required: Varies depending on your recipe of choice.
What You Need: Bran flakes
Studies in the field of nephrology indicate that foods rich in fiber such as bran are known to help with the elimination of kidney stones. The reason for this is that the bran has a high concentration of minerals and vitamins in addition to the fiber present. The latter works by decreasing the amount of calcium present in the urine and therefore allowing for its elimination through stool. To get the most of this remedy when treating kidney stones, you are advised to make bran a part of your daily diet. In addition to this, it helps to add more whole grain foods to your diet for the same reason.
- Simply prepare the bran using your choice recipe.
4. Raw Celery:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Raw celery and juice extractor.
Raw celery makes for an ideal home remedy in the treatment and prevention of kidney stones. When juiced, the resulting celery juice acts as a natural diuretic, which simply means that it helps in the elimination of the stones. A diuretic, by definition, is a compound that works by increasing the amount if urine expelled from the body. Studies have also revealed that the celery juice helps reduce the pain that characterizes kidney stones. Lastly, the celery is excellent in the removal of toxins from the body, making it an all-round effective choice of natural treatment.
- Simply clean the celery well and place in the juice extractor.
- Once the juice has been extracted, simply chill it and drink twice daily.
5. Chanca Piedra:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Chanca piedra herb (lab grade, 400mg) and 1 glass of warm water.
Studies show that one of the most effective home remedies for the elimination of kidney stones is Chanca piedra. This is a herbal remedy whose effects have been under research. The herb is known to cause disintegration of the stones, allowing for their rapid dissolution and excretion from the body. Chanca piedra works by binding to the excess salts that allow the crystallization of the salts that form the stones. This herb also provides relief from the pain, allowing for quick recovery.
The fact that the herb also inhibits the process of kidney stone formation makes it a great choice. For this remedy, you will need 400 mg of the lab grade herb daily. Once the kidney stones are excreted, you get to reduce the dosage of the herbal remedy. The best time to take this remedy is immediately you wake up and just before bedtime.
- Take 400mg of Chanca piedra herb alongside a glass of water immediately you wake up.
- You will need to take at least an hour’s break before you take your first meal of the day.
- Repeat the same procedure at bedtime.
- After the excretion of the kidney stones, you are advised to reduce the dosage to just once a day as a preventive measure.
6. Nettle Leaf Tea:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Nettle leaf teabag and 1 glass of warm water.
Stinging nettle is often used for the management of allergic reactions, but did you know that the tea can be used for the natural treatment of kidney stones? Nettle has compounds that make it a powerful diuretic, effectively allowing for the excretion of the stones. The nettle also has anti-bacterial properties that help reduce the likelihood of urinary tract infections that are known to predispose one to the development of kidney stones.
By allowing for the flushing of the stones and preventing the formation of new ones, it is easy to see why nettle is your go-to remedy if you suffer from kidney stones. To get the most of this remedy, combine the daily intake of the nettle tea with adequate drinking water. Prepare the tea using the directions provided below.
- Boil the cup of water and turn off the heat before dipping the teabag in it.
- Allow the teabag to steep in the water for 5 minutes.
- Stir and drink this tea daily for quick relief.
7. Kidney Beans:
Time Required: Depends on the amount of beans you would like to boil.
What You Need: Kidney beans (sorted), water (enough to cover the surface of the beans) and a strainer.
Kidney beans, aptly named for their shape, are perfect for the removal of kidney stones. The beans are not only packed with fiber which helps remove the stones, they are also an excellent source of protein and minerals that enhance the optimal function of the kidneys. These properties also improve the health of the urinary tract, allowing the body to make a full recovery. The key to using this remedy is to make sure that the beans are well-cooked. If you are concerned about getting gassy, you may want to discard the beans broth and simply indulge in the beans.
- Since the beans are already sorted, simply wash them in clean water prior to boiling.
- Transfer the clean beans to the pot and add water so that the beans are fully covered.
- Boil the beans until they are tender and well-cooked.
- Strain the beans and discard the broth.
- Set the cooked beans aside to cool and you can either take them as they are or fry them for a tasty dish with great benefits for your kidney.
8. Stay Hydrated:
Time Required: Spread throughout the day.
What You Need: Adequate drinking water.
Drinking adequate amounts of water is a healthy habit to pick up. When you have kidney stones, this becomes a matter of urgency. It is absolutely important that your body is well hydrated to slow the process of crystallization and speed up the healing process. One of the simplest ways to know whether you are well hydrated is to check the color of your urine. If your urine is very dark in color and has a strong pungent odor, this is a clear sign that your body needs more fluids.
The reverse is true. Urine that is light in color shows that your body is well-hydrated, and that you should keep up with the habit. As a general guide, it is advisable to sip water continuously during the day as opposed to taking large amounts of water at once.
- Keep a bottle of water at hand and continuously sip on it during the day to stay hydrated.