Anyone who has experienced kidney stones knows it is most unpleasant. Unfortunately, one kidney stone often leads to more, sometimes on a regular basis for the rest of your life.
Fortunately, a few very good home remedies may relieve the discomfort and even significantly reduce the occurrence of future stones.
Staying hydrated is the most important step one can take in avoiding kidney stones.
Water alone is good, but adding lemon, lime or orange juice (natural) to your water is one of the most common methods of reducing your chance of forming new stones, especially if they are of the calcium oxalate variety.
These fruits provide citric acid, which can help keep stones from forming keeping calcium in the urine from bonding with other stone-forming minerals.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Some sources suggest adding apple cider vinegar to the mix as well. The Global Healing Center (www.globalhealingcenter.com) suggests a mixture of 2 ounces of olive oil mixed with 2 ounces of lemon juice, followed by 12 ounces of water.
Follow this with the juice of 1⁄2 lemon and 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar in 12 ounces of water.
How Do Kidney Stones Form?
Herbal Recipes For Kidney Stones
There are a few herbs that can improve kidney health as well. Dandelion Root, for example, is a great kidney tonic and cleanser. Taking up to 500mg per day may be beneficial for some. It is also available as a tea.
Uva Ursi is an old folk remedy for kidney problems that may reduce the pain of stones as well as cleanse the urinary tract. The recommended dosage is 500mg 3 times a day.
A final excellent herbal option is nettle leaf tea. Nettle is a natural diuretic, so it aids in the flow of water through the kidneys and keeps crystals from forming into stones. It can also discourage bacterial growth and kidney infections.
Make a tea from 2 teaspoons of dried nettle stepped for 10 minutes in one cup of hot water, then strained. You can drink 2-3 cups daily for several weeks.
Is Diet Important?
Diet is an important factor in kidney stone formation. While past opinions have been to avoid foods high in oxalate, doctors now suggest combining these foods with those that are high in calcium.
This allows the calcium and oxalate to bond together before reaching the urinary tract, while allowing you to get the other nutritional benefits of both foods.
For a comprehensive list of oxalate rich foods, see here: (www.upmc.com/patients-visitors/education/nutrition/pages/low-oxalate-diet.aspx).
Finally, remember that while the majority of kidney stones are of the calcium-oxalate variety, other types do exist.
Always seek care from your primary care provider or urologist before taking any drugs or herbal remedies.
For more information check out these sources:
Global Healing Center
10 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones
Top 10 Home Remedies for Kidney Stones
Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones
National Kidney Foundation