Ayurvedic Remedies For Kidney Stones...

The kidneys have important tasks to perform in the human system. These are (i) regulation of the volume of the body fluids, (ii) elimination of inorganic ions both cations (e.g. Na+, K+) or anions (e.g. Cl', phosphate, SO4) from the body, (iii) maintenance of appropriate plasma concentration of non-electrolytes such as glucose and urea, (iv) maintaining electrolyte balance by H+ and OH- ions and thus adidity or alkalinity of the blood, (v) elimination of waste products especially the nitrogen and sulphur containing substances as well as the toxic substances (e.g. drugs) which have entered the body.
Kidney stones are hard, stone-like masses that can form in one or both kidneys. Also known as nephrolithiasis, urolithiasis or renal calculi. They vary in size from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. Kidney stones typically leave the body in the urine stream; if they grow relatively large before passing, their jagged crystalline shape can cause severe pain in the ureters and urethra.

The scientific causes of kidney problems, of kidney stones, are usually a result of bodily dehydration. There are four different kinds of kidney stones. They are listed as follows:

Calcium Stones: This is the most common type stone, and is easily treated.
Struvite Stone: These can result from a urinary tract infection
Uric: This is formed from too much acid in the urine. This indicates that a person needs to cut down on meat.
Cystine: These are the rarest type. This type of stone can lead to a heriditary kidney disease
Men are three times more likely women to have kidney stones form within the urinary tract.
A kidney stone can cause blockages within the urinary tract system. When this happens, a person feels pain, and other symptoms. Listed below is a more detailed list of the effects of this blockage:
  • Sudden onset of excruciating pain in the buttocks area
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain in the genital area as the stone moves
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Nausea and vomiting,
  • Fever and chills.
  • Pain in the lower back

  • Reduce your intake of sugar, refined foods, animal products (meats and dairy), caffeine, alcohol, soda, and salt.
  • Drink more water and eat more fiber, vegetables, whole grains, and vegetable proteins.
  • Cut down on oxalate-containing foods such as spinach, rhubarb, beets, nuts, chocolate, black tea, wheat bran, strawberries, and beans.

Drinking lots of water (two and a half to three litres per day) and staying physically active are often enough to move a stone out of the body. However, if there is infection, blockage, or a risk of kidney damage, a stone should always be removed.

Ayurveda recommends the following for treating Kidney Stones:
  • Boil two figs in water, and drink every morning for one month.
  • A teaspoon of basil leaves juice can be boiled with honey. This can be consumed each morning for five to six months.
  • A cup of juice with radish leaves can be drunk twice a day.
  • Drinking a glass of fresh tomato juice with a hint of salt and pepper could be beneficial.
  • Rencare Capsules – helps in easing urination, cools membranes of urinary tract, removes stones, and stops bleeding within urinary tract. The capsule contains herbs such as Gokshura, Cornsilk, Corriander leaves, Usher and Pashaan Bheda.
  • Certain other herbs that are good in treating kidney problems include Dandelion, couch grass, yarrow, nettle, marshmallow root, parsley, red clover, juniper berries, uva ursi, cranberries, and hydrangea
Apart from the said treatments, Ayurveda recommends eating a diet rich in grean leafy vegetables, and particularly including potatoes, parsley, watercress, cucumber, celery, garlic, asparagus, banana, papaya, watermelon, soybeans, cocoa, eggs, and spinach. Cut down on animal protein, and avoid cottage cheese, and sour kinds of foods such as kefir and yogurt. Also, make sure to drink atleast eight glasses of distilled water a day, and avoid caffeine.

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