Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Kidney Stones

Kidney Stones
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - KIDNEY STONES

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones

General description & overview of Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones

Kidney stones, one of the most painful of the urologic disorders, have beset humans for centuries. Scientists have found evidence of kidney stones in a 7,000-year-old Egyptian mummy!! These stones happen four times more often in men than in women, with 240,000 - 720,000 Americans affected yearly. The pain of having a stone has been compared to that of childbirth.

Kidney stones are hard masses that can grow from crystals forming within the kidneys. Doctors call kidney stones “renal calculi,” and the condition of having such stones “nephrolithiasis”. The stones can be made of various minerals, including calcium, uric acid, and oxalate. Each year, people make almost 3 million visits to health care providers and more than half a million people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems.

Most kidney stones pass out of the body without any intervention by a physician. Stones that cause lasting symptoms or other complications may be treated by various techniques, most of which do not involve major surgery. Also, research advances have led to a better understanding of the many factors that promote stone formation and thus better treatments for preventing stones.

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Introduction to the Urinary Tract

The urinary tract, or system, consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located below the ribs toward the middle of the back, one on each side of the spine. The kidneys remove extra water and wastes from the blood, producing urine. They also keep a stable balance of salts and other substances in the blood. The kidneys produce hormones that help build strong bones and form red blood cells.


The urinary tract (Kidney Stones)

The urinary tract.

Narrow tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, an oval-shaped chamber in the lower abdomen. Like a balloon, the bladder’s elastic walls stretch and expand to store urine. They flatten together when urine is emptied through the urethra to outside the body.

About kidney stones

A kidney stone is a hard mass developed from crystals that separate from the urine within the urinary tract. Normally, urine contains chemicals that prevent or inhibit the crystals from forming. These inhibitors do not seem to work for everyone, however, so some people form stones. If the crystals remain tiny enough, they will travel through the urinary tract and pass out of the body in the urine without being noticed.

Kidney stones may contain various combinations of chemicals. The most common type of stone contains calcium in combination with either oxalate or phosphate. These chemicals are part of a person’s normal diet and make up important parts of the body, such as bones and muscles.

People with a history of kidney stone formation should talk with their doctor to learn what type of stones they have—approximately one stone in three is made of something other than calcium oxalate and one in five contains little if any calcium in any form. Calcium oxalate stone formation is rare in primitive societies, suggesting that this condition is preventable. People who have formed a calcium oxalate stone are at high risk of forming another kidney stone.

A less common type of stone is caused by infection in the urinary tract. This type of stone is called a struvite or infection stone. Another type of stone, uric acid stones, are a bit less common, and cystine stones are rare.

Kidney stones in the kidney
 
Shapes of various kidney stones
Kidney stones in the kidney
 
Shapes of various stones.

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Symptoms of Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones


Kidney stones often do not cause any symptoms. Usually, the first symptom of a kidney stone is extreme pain, which begins suddenly when a stone moves in the urinary tract and blocks the flow of urine. Typically, a person feels a sharp, cramping pain in the back and side in the area of the kidney or in the lower abdomen. Sometimes nausea and vomiting occur. Later, pain may spread to the groin.

If the stone is too large to pass easily, pain continues as the muscles in the wall of the narrow ureter try to squeeze the stone into the bladder. As the stone moves and the body tries to push it out, blood may appear in the urine, making the urine pink. As the stone moves down the ureter, closer to the bladder, a person may feel the need to urinate more often or feel a burning sensation during urination.

If fever and chills accompany any of these symptoms, an infection may be present. In this case, a person should contact a doctor immediately.

Herbal supplements & cures for Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones. Sometimes “silent” stones—those that do not cause symptoms—are found on x rays taken during a general health exam. If the stones are small, they will often pass out of the body unnoticed. Often, kidney stones are found on an x ray or ultrasound taken of someone who complains of blood in the urine or sudden pain. These diagnostic images give the doctor valuable information about the stone’s size and location. Blood and urine tests help detect any abnormal substance that might promote stone formation.

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Causes of Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones


Doctors do not always know what causes a stone to form. While certain foods may promote stone formation in people who are susceptible, scientists do not believe that eating any specific food causes stones to form in people who are not susceptible.

Some probable causes are

  • A person with a family history of kidney stones may be more likely to develop stones. Urinary tract infections, kidney disorders such as cystic kidney diseases, and certain metabolic disorders such as hyperparathyroidism are also linked to stone formation.

  • In addition, more than 70 percent of people with a rare hereditary disease called renal tubular acidosis develop kidney stones.

  • Cystinuria and hyperoxaluria are two other rare, inherited metabolic disorders that often cause kidney stones. In cystinuria, too much of the amino acid cystine, which does not dissolve in urine, is voided, leading to the formation of stones made of cystine. In patients with hyperoxaluria, the body produces too much oxalate, a salt. When the urine contains more oxalate than can be dissolved, the crystals settle out and form stones.

  • Hypercalciuria is inherited, and it may be the cause of stones in more than half of patients. Calcium is absorbed from food in excess and is lost into the urine. This high level of calcium in the urine causes crystals of calcium oxalate or calcium phosphate to form in the kidneys or elsewhere in the urinary tract.

  • Other causes of kidney stones are hyperuricosuria, which is a disorder of uric acid metabolism; gout; excess intake of vitamin D; and blockage of the urinary tract. Certain diuretics, commonly called water pills, and calcium-based antacids may increase the risk of forming kidney stones by increasing the amount of calcium in the urine.

Homeopathic medicines & cures for Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones. Calcium oxalate stones may also form in people who have chronic inflammation of the bowel or who have had an intestinal bypass operation, or ostomy surgery. As mentioned earlier, struvite stones can form in people who have had a urinary tract infection. People who take the protease inhibitor indinavir, a medicine used to treat HIV infection, may also be at increased risk of developing kidney stones.


Treatment for kidney stones

Fortunately, surgery is not usually necessary. Most kidney stones can pass through the urinary system with plenty of water—2 to 3 quarts a day—to help move the stone along. Often, the patient can stay home during this process, drinking fluids and taking pain medication as needed. The doctor usually asks the patient to save the passed stone(s) for testing. It can be caught in a cup or tea strainer used only for this purpose.

Surgery is recommended for patients with severe pain that does not respond to medications, for those with serious bleeding, and persistent fever, nausea, or significant urinary obstruction. If no medical treatment is provided after surgery, stones recur in 50% of patients within 5 years.

  • Urethroscopy -- a diagnostic procedure for identifying stones in the lower third of the ureter

  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWI) -- an outpatient procedure in which shock waves are used to shatter stones under 2 cm

  • Percutaneous nephrolithotripsy -- a surgical procedure for removing large or dense kidney stones. Instruments are inserted into the kidney to break up stones

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones


Kidney stones treatment depends on the size, type, and underlying cause. Usually, stones that are smaller than 4mm pass freely, while those larger than 5mm seldom pass naturally. They can be extremely painful, but generally small stones do not have to be removed.

The best way to treat them is to let them pass on their own. Stones may need to be removed if they struggle to pass through, block the urine flow, grow larger, or cause bleeding and infection. Most stones can be treated without surgery.

Kidney stones treatment options such as conventional medicine, complementary therapy, and natural remedies can offer pain relief and prevent symptoms of kidney stones from recurring.

# Oral analgesics may be prescribed to reduce moderate pain.
# Injectable medications may be administered intravenously (IV) or intramuscularly (by injection) for severe pain.
# To reduce nausea and vomiting or prevent stone formation, prescription medication may be administered.
# There are many different laser and surgical options used to remove or disintegrate larger stones.

Natural and holistic therapies such as herbal and homeopathic remedies can help to discourage the formation of stones as well as relieve the discomfort and pain associated with symptoms of kidney stones. Herbal and homeopathic remedies can provide an option to conventional medication. Gentle yet effective to use without any harmful side effects, natural kidney stone treatments also address the overall needs of the individual’s health and well-being.

A combination of carefully selected ingredients such as Agothosma betulina, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Melissa officinalis, Avena sativa, Hypericum perforatum), Vaccinium myrtillus, and Echinacea angustifolia provide symptomatic relief. Used in conjunction with conventional medicine and complementary therapy, natural remedies will help ensure that you live a healthier life.

Herbs that cure Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones. Hypericum perforatum (also known as St. John’s wort) - The first recorded use of Hypericum for medicinal purposes dates back to ancient Greece. St John’s wort has been shown to support feelings of calmness and serenity when feeling ‘under the weather’ – often experienced during bladder irritations. Although well-known for its positive effect on mood, Hypericum has also been shown to have other health benefits in a number of clinical trials.


Some of the herbs & biochemic tissue salts helpful in kidney stones are:

  • Agathosma betulina (also known as Buchu) has been used by the natives of the Western Cape of Southern Africa for many centuries. Buchu has been used traditionally to help cleanse the urinary tract and act as a natural diuretic, helping to flush out and cleanse the bladder and entire urinary tract system.

  • Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (also known as Bearberry Leaf) has historically been used as a traditional remedy for the cleansing and purification of the urinary tract and contains the glycoside arbutin.

  • Kalium sulphate (Kali. sulph.) is involved in oxygenating the cells and tissues of the body, maintaining optimum performance to assist with maintaining the strength of the immune system. As it helps carry oxygen to the skin and glands, it is also beneficial for circulation. Kali. sulph., derived from Potassium sulphate, is especially present in the cells forming the skin and the mucus lining of all bodily organs, including the kidneys and bladder.

  • Achillea millefolium (also known as Yarrow) contains alkamides and volatile oils rich in sesquiterpene lactones, which act as soothing agents and natural astringents. It can therefore be beneficial in promoting a clean systemic environment within the bladder and urinary system.

  • Melissa officinalis (also known as Lemon Balm) is indigenous to the Eastern Mediterranean region, but is widespread throughout Africa. Its active ingredients include volatile oil (including citronella), tannins, flavinoids, tocopherols and choline.Studies have confirmed its beneficial effects on health and immune system functioning.

  • Natrium phosphate (Nat. phos.) is a tissue salt derived from Sodium phosphate that acts on a cellular level to maintain pH balance in the body.

  • Avena sativa (also known as Green Oats) is a general tonic traditionally used in folk medicine as well as in modern herbalism. Active ingredients are saponins, flavonoids, minerals, alkaloids, steroidal compounds, Vitamins B1, B2, D, E, carotene and wheat protein – all of which are beneficial in supporting the immune system as well as the nervous system.

  • Echinacea angustifolia has traditionally been used to support the immune system and has been shown to effectively alleviate symptoms of infection.

  • Vaccinium myrtillus (also known as Billberry) use as an herbal medicine emerged in the Middle Ages when Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), recommended the plant for inducing menstruation. This herb contains anthocyanosides, a potent bioflavonoid complex with antioxidant properties.

  • Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos.) is a constituent of hemoglobin in red blood cells that helps to distribute oxygen around the body. Derived from Iron phosphate, in biochemic circles, it is also known as the 'first aid' salt. Ferrum phos. can be very helpful during pregnancy to lessen ‘wobbly tummies’ and ease urine ‘dribbles’ often experienced by pregnant women due to pressure on the bladder.

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Kidney Stone Clear for Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones

Kidney Stone Clear™

Homeopathic Natural treatment to help dissolve and pass kidney stones and crystals easier.

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Kidney Dr. for Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones

Kidney Dr.™

Support the urinary system and promote healthy kidney function.

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UT-Tonic for Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones.

UT-Tonic™

Provides a tonic effect on urinary tract and bladder health.

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Dietary recommendations & restrictions in Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones

Following these nutritional tips may help reduce symptoms:

  • A simple and most important lifestyle change to prevent stones is to drink more liquids—water is best. Someone who tends to form stones should try to drink enough liquids throughout the day to produce at least 2 quarts of urine in every 24-hour period.

  • Try to eliminate potential food allergens, including dairy, wheat (gluten), corn, preservatives, and food additives. Your health care provider may want to test for food sensitivities.

  • Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes), and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).

  • Eat more high fiber foods, including beans, oats, root vegetables (such as potatoes and yams), and psyllium seed. Bran, a rich source of insoluble fiber, reduces the absorption of calcium, which in turn causes urinary calcium to fall. Risk of forming kidney stones is significantly reduced simply by adding one-half ounce of rice bran per day to the diet. Oat and wheat bran are also good sources of insoluble fiber and are available in natural food stores and supermarkets.

  • Consumption of animal protein has been linked to an increased risk of forming stones. Hence, eat fewer red meats and more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu (soy, if no allergy) or nuts and beans for protein.

  • Cut down on oxalate-containing foods, such as spinach, rhubarb, beets, nuts, chocolate, black tea, wheat bran, strawberries, and beans. Foods that have medium amounts of oxalate may be eaten in limited amounts. Such foods include grits, grapes, celery, green pepper, red raspberries, fruit cake, strawberries, marmalade and liver.

  • Some researchers have suggested that reducing dietary salt may be a useful way to decrease the chance of forming additional stones.

  • Include foods rich in magnesium and low in calcium, such as barley, bran, corn, rye, oats, soy, brown rice, avocado, banana, and potato.

  • Citric acid (citrate) is found in many foods and may also protect against kidney stone formation. The best food source commonly available is citrus fruits, particularly lemons.

  • Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or vegetable oil.

  • Reduce or eliminate trans-fatty acids, found in such commercially baked goods as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.

  • Go for a multivitamin daily, containing the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, the B-complex vitamins and trace minerals such as magnesium, zinc and selenium.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids – these acids are also supposed to relieve inflammation. Rich sources include seafood; fish such as salmon (especially Atlantic and red, canned in brine), sardines (canned in water), mackerel (canned in brine), mullet, tuna etc., and pecans and trevally. Walnuts are also an extremely good source of omega-3. Cod liver oil may be used as a supplement if your doctor chooses to prescribe you.

  • Take probiotic supplement (containing Lactobacillus acidophilus), 5 - 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units) a day, for maintenance of gastrointestinal and immune health. You should refrigerate your probiotic supplements for best results.

Calcium & Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones. However, while dietary calcium has been linked to reduction in the risk of forming stones, calcium supplements have been associated with an increased risk in a large study of American nurses. The researchers who conducted this trial speculate that the difference in effects between dietary and supplemental calcium resulted from differences in timing of calcium consumption. Dietary calcium is eaten with food, and so it can then block absorption of oxalates that may be present at the same meal. In the study of American nurses, however, most supplemental calcium was consumed apart from food. Calcium taken without food will increase urinary calcium, thus increasing the risk of forming stones; but calcium taken without food cannot reduce the absorption of oxalate from food consumed at a different time. For this reason, these researchers speculate that calcium supplements were linked to increased risk because they were taken between meals. Thus, calcium supplements may be beneficial for many stone formers, as dietary calcium appears to be, but only if taken with meals. Despite the fact that calcium supplementation taken with meals may be helpful for some, people with a history of kidney stone formation should not take calcium supplements without the supervision of a healthcare professional. Although the increase in urinary calcium caused by calcium supplements can be mild or even temporary, some stone formers show a potentially dangerous increase in urinary calcium following calcium supplementation; this may, in turn, increase the risk of stone formation. People who are “hyperabsorbers” of calcium should not take supplemental calcium until more is known.

Dos and don'ts & precautionary measures in Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones

  • A person who has had more than one kidney stone may be likely to form another; so, if possible, prevention is important. To help determine their cause, the doctor will order laboratory tests, including urine and blood tests. The doctor will also ask about the patient’s medical history, occupation, and eating habits. If a stone has been removed, or if the patient has passed a stone and saved it, a stone analysis by the laboratory may help the doctor in planning treatment.

  • People with chronic urinary tract infections and stones will often need a stone removed if the doctor determines that the stone is causing the infection. Patients must receive careful follow-up to be sure that the infection has cleared.

  • In case of pain, the patient should be given a large warm enema, followed by a hot bath with a temperature of 37.8oC, gradually increased to 44.5°C. During the bath, the head should be wrapped in a cold towel. Hot fomentation applied across the back in the region of the kidneys will relieve the pain.

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.

  • Yoga - Certain yogasanas such as pavanmuktasana, uttanpadasana, bhujangasana, dhanurasana, and halasana are also beneficial as they activate the kidneys.

Natural & alternative remedies & cures for Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones. Castor oil pack - Used externally, castor oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Apply oil directly to skin, cover with a clean soft cloth (for example, flannel) and plastic wrap. Place a heat source (hot water bottle or heating pad) over the pack and let sit for 30 - 60 minutes. For best results, use for three consecutive days.

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in Kidney Stones, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, struvite, uric acid stones, cystine stones

Kidney Stone Clear™

Homeopathic Natural treatment to help dissolve and pass kidney stones and crystals easier.

Product Details

Kidney Dr.™

Support the urinary system and promote healthy kidney function.

Product Details

UT-Tonic™

Provides a tonic effect on urinary tract and bladder health.

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