By Dr. Prashant K Vaidya, Homeopathy,
Kidney stones can be quite painful. The pain is usually felt in the lower abdomen or lower back which is the kidney region. In cases where there is some obstruction of the urinary tract, there may be a heaviness in the kidney region. Burning or difficulty may be felt while urinating. At times, there is bleeding along with urination. Presence of blood in the urine can cause the color of urine to become red or pink or brown depending on the quantity of blood. Nausea or vomiting may also be present. The patient has the urge to urinate every now and then even when the quantity of urine is less.
Is kidney stone removal possible without any surgery?
The answer is Yes! In the homeopathic system of medicine, one can easily remove the kidney stones naturally with simple homeopathic medicines. The advantage of homeopathy is that you can avoid surgery and it also cures the tendency of the body to form stones. This means that the chances of the stones being formed again are next to nil. Homeopathy offers the best alternative non-surgical treatment for kidney stones. Kidney stones have the tendency to reoccur, it can be prevented by some dietary changes. Depending upon the type of stones you can make necessary changes in your diet and prevent stone formation.
- Fluid intake:
- Drink lots of water, fruit juice, vegetable juice and other drinks. At least 50% total fluid intake should be water.
- Drink about 3-5 liters of water as water dilutes urine and thereby, hinders the stone formation.
- Drink enough to ensure the passage of 2000 ml / 70 oz of urine per day. Never let yourself to become dehydrated.
- Drink more water if you are doing strenuous work or are working in hot humid climate.
- You can drink barley water and coconut water daily, it helps in removing stones. Take care not to overindulge as one unit which is about 285 ml beer is sufficient.
- Drink lots of orange juice or other citrus fruit juices like grapefruit, cranberry and grape juice. Citrus fruits especially orange juice is rich in potassium and citrate, potassium citrate is commonly used to prevent kidney stones.
- Reduce sodium intake as high sodium intake increases the risk of kidney stone by increasing urinary saturation of calcium phosphate and monosodium rate and decreases the inhibitory activity against calcium oxalate crystallization.
- Increase intake of fiber with bran, whole grains, oat, green leafy vegetables, peas, beans, potatoes, raw vegetables, salads, dried fruits and fresh fruits.
- Consume good amount of B-complex vitamin daily, especially pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6) and B-1 (thiamine) as their deficiency is associated with the formation of stones.
- Reduce intake of sugar as it is associated with kidney stones.
- If possible stick to a vegetarian diet, as studies have shown that plant sources of oxalates and calcium are not the cause of stone formation. Diet high in animal protein affects certain minerals in the urine which aids in the formation of kidney stones.
- Large quantities of water should be consumed to dilute the concentration of cystine in urine, which is difficult. Drink at least a gallon of water per day and third of it should be drunk during the night.
- Consume buffered vitamin C, in the form of ascorbate.
- Consume diet low in mithionine i.e. you must avoid foods that are high in methionine, such as broccoli, mushroom, cauliflower, potatoes, spinach, corn, avocado, peanuts, pistachio, macadamia nuts; tofu, green beans, beans sprouts, dried beans, kidney beans, black beans, tempeh, milk and eggs.
- High-homocysteine levels increase the risk of heart disease, avoid meat and saturated fats.
You need to consult your doctor immediately:
- If you have continuous pain with the mentioned symptoms contact your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
- Do not make changes in diet before medical evaluation of the stone/urine.
- If you notice blood or pus in urine visit your doctor immediately.
- If you have fever, frequent desire to urinate, continuous pain it is suggestive of infection see your physician immediately.
- Do not self-medicate or take any supplements without consulting your doctor.
- If you pass the stone in urine take it for medical evaluation/chemical analysis of its content.