Natural Kidney Stone Treatment

man clutching inflamed kidneys
June 24, 2016
Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.

Have you ever had kidney stones? Are you suffering from them right now? Do you know anyone who has ever suffered from them?

Good news—you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are a number of effective, natural, non-invasive treatments that can help you break up kidney stones, and help prevent them from forming in the first place.

Today, let’s take a look at the best ways to treat kidney stones, and stop them from ever being a problem again.

You don’t want to get stoned

First off, if you have or have ever had kidney stones, my sympathies.

Some kidney stones are small enough that they can pass without you even noticing.

But many kidney stones are quite painful. They can feel like a knife passing through your system. If they block your ureter—the tube urine travels from your kidney to your bladder—they can be excruciating. Some colorful sufferers have compared the pain to giving birth.

I don’t know if I’d go that far, but there’s no doubt—you don’t want kidney stones.

It’s important to point out, not all kidney stones are the same.

And I’m not just referring to size.

There are four different types of kidney stones.

The vast majority are calcium stones. They form when calcium combines with oxalate, a natural chemical found in foods like rhubarb, chocolate, spinach, beet greens, almonds, cashews, and peanuts, to name just a few. Remember that—it will be important in a moment.

Some kidney stones are uric—they form when your urine is too acidic.

Struvite stones are the result of urinary tract infections. When the bacteria creates ammonia, the ammonia can combine with other elements, like calcium, and create solid bodies.

And the rarest type of stone is cystine—caused by a genetic disorder that causes the body’s natural cystine to leak from the kidney into urine.

If you have kidney stones, your doctor can tell you what type you have. But that doesn’t concern us right now.

What we care about is how to get rid of them.

Crushing kidney stones

The most important thing you can do is drink water. Lots of it.

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Water helps you pass your stone. The more, the better. But it also can help dilute any imbalances in your urine. So if you’re too acidic, water is the fastest way to restore order.

You also should take magnesium. That may seem counter-intuitive, because magnesium is a component in some stones.

But magnesium also interferes with the formation of stones. It helps keep oxalate from binding to calcium. Flooding your system with magnesium can stop kidney stones from forming, and it can weaken stones that are already there.

Finally, you should find some chanca piedra and take that as well. Chanca piedra is an Amazonian herb, and has long been the number one weapon Ayurvedic medicine uses to combat kidney stones. You should take 2-4 grams daily to dissolve kidney stones and then continue on a 2 g maintenance dose for up to three months at a time. (Chanca piedra may lower blood sugar and decrease blood clotting, so if you’re taking supplements or medication to manage diabetes or thin the blood, this may not be the right choice fory ou.)

While there haven’t been enough clinical trials to know exactly what’s going on, early results suggest that chanca piedra stimulates bile production in your liver. That bile aids digestion, increasing your odds of avoiding trouble, and passing any trouble you’ve already got.

Finally, it’s important to note that not all kidney stones will pass naturally. If you are blocked, and can’t go to the bathroom, you’ve got to visit a doctor. The last thing you want is a kidney filling up with urine, beyond capacity.

How to avoid kidney stones

Everything I mentioned above is a great preventative for stones. In fact, most of the solutions above work even better before you get a stone, as opposed to after.

Take magnesium and chanca piedra. Drink more than your fair share of water. And if you’ve gotten stones before, make it a part of your regimen.

If you’ve had kidney stones once, you are much more likely to develop them again.

Finally, you should alter your diet a bit. Nothing drastic—but cut down on animal protein.

That protein increases the acidity of your urine—an important contributing factor in many stones. So up your intake of fibrous foods like vegetables and fruits, while reducing your meats.

You also want to avoid too much sodium. That sodium soaks up plenty of water, helping to create stone-forming conditions.

And if you have a calcium kidney stone, cut down on foods high in the mineral, like spinach.

Again, nothing drastic—spinach is a wonderful food in most ways. But if it makes up too large a portion of your diet, that much calcium can cause problems. The timeless advice applies—everything in moderation.

If you’ve ever had kidney stones, you know you don’t want to see them ever again. So follow these simple steps—magnesium, chanca piedra, water water water, and cut down on meat.

Do that, and you’ll crush kidney stones—now, and in the future.

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  • ERB

    Will this work for gallstones a s well?

  • Jan

    How much magnesium and what form?

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