Kidney stones, also called renal calculi, are solid concretions (crystal aggregations) of dissolved minerals in urine; calculi typically form inside the kidneys or ureters. The terms nephrolithiasis and urolithiasis refer to the presence of calculi in the kidneys and urinary tract, respectively..
Not all kidney stones cause symptoms. They're often discovered when you have X-rays for an unrelated condition or when you seek medical care for other problems, such as blood in your urine or recurring urinary tract infections. The pain becomes agonizing only when a kidney stone breaks loose and begins to work its way down from your kidneys to your bladder through the connecting tube (ureter).
Kidney stones usually form when your urine becomes too concentrated. This causes minerals and other substances in urine to form crystals on the inner surfaces of your kidneys. Over time, these crystals may combine to form a small, hard mass, or stone.
Location, size and the number of stones also play a major role in deciding on an appropriate treatment. However, most stones may be treated without surgery. This is made feasible by herbal treatment. Ayurvedic herbs and their standardized extracts are known to have the ability to dissolve kidney stones, at the same time obviating recurrence and urinary tract infection.
Herbs can ease and cure kidney stones to a great extent. They have been found to relax the cramping pain, break down steadily any existing stones into fine gravel, and lubricate the passage of the stones for spontaneous removal. Furthermore, herbal medicines have no side effects. Minor concerns such as an upset stomach or headache may be a consequence of impurities such as synthetic binders and fillers in the herbal concoction.
Symptoms of Kidney Stones
- Sudden pain when the stones attempt to pass down the ureters on their way to bladder. The pain is first felt in the side, moving on to the groin and thighs. Frequent desire to urinate, painful urination, scanty urination, blood in the urine, nausea, vomiting, sweating and chills.
Home Remedies For Kidney Stones
Prepare a potion by boiling two figs in a cup of water. Drink this on an empty stomach in the morning for one month.
After a year or two of kidney stones, and ending up in the hospital. I discovered at the first twitch of a stone, I start drinking unsweetened grapefruit juice, about 6-8 oz. a day for about a week, and presto they are gone. My father would drink lemonade for the same effect. Your choice.
Lower down Calcium Intake : In 92% cases, kidney stones are due to intake of calcium or calcium products. Thus, you should be low the intake of calcium supplements.
Cut down on oxalate containing foods such as chocolate, tea, rhubarb, cooked spinach and asparagus.
A tsp each of basil juice and honey taken daily for 6 months provides relief from this disorder.
Watermelon, either eaten as a fruit or had a juice is very good.
If there is a history of stones, fluids should be encouraged to produce adequate amounts of dilute urine (usually 6 to 8 glasses of water per day). Depending on the type of stone, medications or other measures may be recommended to prevent recurrence.