Why Don't Your Herbal Remedies for Kidney Stones Work
Anyone can use herbal remedies for kidney stones. But, do you know which is the right remedy for you?
Read this essential kidney stones remedies FAQ to find which one will work for your type of stone.
Then come back here and discover why do you need to follow a complete natural treatment
in order to break and pass kidney stones.
You will find out there is a debate as to whether herbal remedies can help the breaking and the passage of large kidney stones.
With today's modern techniques of stone removal, this needn't be a question.
However, herbal remedies can help prevent stones formation and assist the passage of sand and small stones.
"What's in an efficient kidney stone treatment?"
To successfully break and pass kidney stones you need to follow a complete natural treatment. This involves herbs with different properties to help your body pass the stones.
- First you need herbs which relax and dilate the organs in order to help the stones and sand pass more easily.
- Afterwards you have to break or dissolve the stones. These herbs contain vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and B-complex vitamins which react with calcium or dissolve calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate stones.
- Third, the small stones and sand must be flushed with lots of water and plants with diuretic and aquaretic properties.
- Passing kidney stones cause burns and colic. There are herbs that can relieve the inflammation and soothe the burns and cramps.
Herbal remedies for kidney stones to relax and dilate the urethra
Drink 3 cups of Shepherd's Purse
(Capsella bursa-pastoris) tea per day, half hour before main meals, or two hours after.
You can also drink Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) tea, the same as above.
Herbal remedies for fragmenting kidney stones* Calcium phosphate stones
can be dissolved and prevented by ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
Fresh parsley is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B-6, magnesium and potassium. In fact it contains more vitamin C than lemons or oranges.
Take 1 handful of parsley and boil in 4 cups of water for 10 minutes. Strain and store it in a bottle in the refrigerator. Drink half a cup of this infusion once a day.
* Magnesium ammonium phosphate stones (Struvite stones) caused by urinary tract infections are also dissolved by acidic urine. Both the infection and the stone are easily cured with vitamin C in large doses.
* The most common calcium oxalate stone does not form if you take adequate quantities of B-complex vitamins and magnesium. B-1 (thiamine) and B-6 deficiency have been associated with stones.
Red Clover blossoms are quite high in calcium and magnesium. Take sitz baths with Yarrow and Red Clover blossoms.
Dandelion is also rich in magnesium and iron. Make a tea from 2 teaspoons of dried leaves and roots in 1 cup of water. Boil for 5 minutes and let steep for 15 minutes.
* Uric acid (urate) stones result from a problem metabolizing purines. They may form in a condition such as gout.
Birch leaves (Folium Betulae) tea has anti-inflammatory properties and is a very good antihilitic (prevents the formation of calculi). It acts as a urinary tract antiseptic and is a strong diuretic and depurative (especially helpful in eliminating uric acid).
Birch leaves tea dissolves and helps the passage mostly of urate stones and less of calcium oxalate or phosphate ones.
Make an infusion from 1 teaspoon of leaves in 1 cup of water. Drink 2-3 cups a day.
Kidney Sone Clear - homeopathic remedy dissolves and clears kidney stones, plus relieves pain, nausea and vomiting.
Herbal remedies for kidney stones with diuretic or aquaretic propertiesCherry tails and corn silk
are probably the most used herbal diuretics for passing kidney stones.
You will like the taste of cherry tails. I cannot say the same thing about corn silk tea (yuck). Yet, Paula's uncle is using it for treating his gout. Apparently few people can stand the taste, despite its numerous benefits in treating kidney stones and gout. You can even mix the two teas.
Cherry tails and corn silk contain flavonoids, saponins and potassium salts. Use them for dissolving urate kidney stones (uric acid).
In case of small kidney stones, drink 2-3 cups of corn silk tea per day, 3 hours apart (1 teaspoon of corn silk in 1 cup of boiled water).
If you have renal colic, you can make a stronger decoction and drink it throughout the day. Put 30 g of corn silk in 1 liter water and simmer for 2 hours.
To soothe the colic you should drink a tea with anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and sedative properties. Drink Castor oil or make a tea from Cowslip (Primula officinalis), Chamomile, Linden or Peppermint.
Common Horsetail (Herba Equiseti) is another powerful diuretic and depurative herb.
It has low-medium antiseptic properties, but its action is greatly amplified if used together with Juniper or pine resin tincture. If you cannot stand Juniper (it is quite irritant) you can use pine resin instead.
For sand, small kidney stones and gallstones take 20 minutes hot sitz baths with horsetail. The water must reach above the kidney region. After you get out, put on a bath robe and don't dry yourself. Stay in bed for 1 hour perspiring.
While in bed, drink a warm horsetail tea with small sips. Hold the urine in the bladder and finally clear it with pressure. The stones are often removed this way.
Here is a recipe for Horsetail sitz bath from Maria Treben: take 100 g / 3.5 oz of Horsetail and steep it overnight in cold water overnight. Boil the water the next day and add it to the bath water.
Horsetail tea: 1 heaped teaspoon of Horsetail in 1 cup of boiling water.
Another alternative is to drink a Horsetail decoction. Boil 4-5 teaspoons of herb in 1.5 liters / 50 oz water for 5 minutes and drink throughout the day
(Juniperus communis) berries help to remove sand and kidney stones in many ways. They have an antiseptic and diuretic action. Juniper tincture also relieves the spasms and heals the urethra damaged by the stones passage.
Make a diluted decoction from 10-20 fruits boiled for 5 minutes in 1 liter / 34 oz of water. Drink 2 cups a day.
Be careful! Don't use for pregnant women or if you have kidney lesions.
Even if juniper berries have antiseptic properties, they can irritate the kidneys (in large quantities).
Spiny Cocklebur (Xanthium spinosum) is best known as an herb for enlarged prostate treatment.
Not only that, but a treatment with Spiny Cocklebur and Willow Herb tincture is very effective for microlithiasis. It can also be used to break and eliminate larger stones.
Spiny Cocklebur decoction can also be used in a kidney stone treatment to prevent formation and recurrence of sand and gravel. Make a decoction from 1 g of plant in 1 cup of boiled water.
Drink it lukewarm, 30 minutes before meals. Drink 2 cups per day for the first 6 months, afterwards 1 cup per day. During the first 6 months of the treatment you should avoid alcohol, spices or pickles.
Couch Grass rhizomes (Rhizoma Graminis) contain saponins and potassium salts, the same as cherry tails.
Make an infusion from 1 teaspoon of rhizomes in 1 cup of boiling water. Drink 3-4 cups per day.
Passing kidney stones will cause burns and cramps (colic) due to urethra lesions
To heal and soothe burns and bleeding drink 1-3 cups of Yarrow tea per day
There are also herbs with sedative and anti-inflammatory properties to relieve colic caused by inflammations such as: Castor oil - anti-inflammatory, Peppermint, Chamomile, Linden - sedative, Cowslip (Primula officinalis) - sedative, antispasmodic.
During renal colic crisis you shouldn't drink liquids, because the kidney is swollen with urine. Drink less water and wait for the kidney to deflate. Also eat easily digested foods.
There are situations where you can't rely solely on herbal remedies for kidney stones. If you have developed kidney infections or hydronephrosis (accumulation of urine in the kidneys due to blockage) you should follow and allopathic treatment (antibiotics, strong diuretics, lithotripsy or even surgery to remove the stones).
Moreover, the slow melting of kidney stones may block the ureters, causing very painful ureteral colic.
More herbal remedies for kidney stones
Passing kidney stones with Couch Grass
Birch Sap Kidney Stones Natural Remedy
Passing Kidney Stones with Sitz Baths
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