By Dr. Anju Vohra, Homeopathy,
Kidneys filters waste from the blood and forms urine. Stones form when the urine becomes concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallize and stick together.
A kidney stone may not cause symptoms until it moves around within your kidney or passes into your ureter — the tube connecting the kidney and bladder. At that point, you may experience these signs and symptoms:
- Severe pain in the side and back, below the ribs
- Pain that radiates to the lower abdomen and groin
- Pain on urination
- Pink, red or brown urine or cloudy urine
- Nausea and vomiting
Persistent need to urinate Kidney stones are of four types:
- Calcium stones. Most kidney stones are calcium stones, usually in the form of calcium oxalate or calcium phosphate. Some fruits and vegetables nuts and chocolate, have high oxalate content. Dietary factors, high doses of vitamin D, can increase the concentration of calcium or oxalate in urine.
- Struvite stones. Struvite stones form in response to an infection, such as a urinary tract infection. These stones can grow quickly and become quite large.
- Uric acid stones. Uric acid stones can form in people who don’t drink enough fluids or who lose too much fluid, those who eat a high-protein diet, and those who have gout.
- Cystine stones. These stones form in people with a hereditary disorder that causes the kidneys to excrete too much of certain amino acids (cystinuria).
Risk factors for Kidney stones are hereditary, not drinking enough water or being dehydrated, diet high in proteins and salt, obesity, having hyperparathyroidism. Lifestyle changes to prevent Kidney stones: Drink water throughout the day.
If you live in a hot, dry climate or you exercise frequently, you may need to drink even more water to produce enough urine.
- Eat fewer oxalate-rich foods. If you have calcium oxalate stones restrict foods rich in oxalates like beets, okra, spinach, sweet potatoes, nuts, tea, chocolate, black pepper and soy products.
- Choose a diet low in salt and animal protein.
- Avoid Calcium supplements.
Small stones less than 5 mm may pass without causing symptoms. Kidney stones are diagnosed by a CT scan, X-rays, ultrasound, urinalysis and Blood tests .
Homeopathy For Kidney Stones
Homeopathic medicines may be utilized by naturopathic physicians to treat the pain and spasm associated with kidney stones. When treating the passage of a kidney stone with homeopathy, it is important to remember that the size of the stone must be small enough to pass without surgical intervention and that administration of the homeopathic medicine usually changes the clinical picture, which will then require a different remedy. The biggest advantage of opting for the homeopathic line of treatment is that it can be used to help pass the calculi naturally without any surgical intervention. It also helps to prevent the future occurrence of such stones. If the size of the stone is too big to pass through, surgery will be needed. Even post-surgery, homeopathy is very effective for it helps to avoid its recurrence. There are hundreds of homeopathic medicines that are available to help cure kidney stones, unlike that of the expensive allopathy.