8 Effective Home Remedies For Kidney Stone
Dr. Jayakumar Arjun
February 15, 2021
Kidney stones are among the many common ailments that plague the general population. These are typically hard deposits, which can either be calcium, cystine, struvite, or uric acid stones. Depending on the cause and severity, the size of the kidney stones vary and with that, the pain of passing them too. If a kidney stone is too large, it can get stuck in the urinary tract, and this is very painful. Avoiding such a complication is in your best interest, which is why it is important to know the different home remedies for kidney stone treatment. Some of these are quite easy to adopt and other can help you address a lack, or excess, that is causing the kidney stones to form.
Treatment for kidney stones can be undertaken in several ways. You may need specialised pain medication, fluid therapy or even some other form of medication to get through it. However, in most cases, fluid therapy should do the trick and help you get through your symptoms with relative ease. What to drink for kidney stones? Water is a great starting point but there are other fluids that can help with passing a kidney stone. To learn about these, here are a few kidney stone home remedies to rely on.
Increase your water intake greatly
One of most recommended and easiest ways to go about passing a kidney stone is to increase your water intake. Very often, not consuming enough water can be a contributing factor to the formation of the stone and the solution is to up your intake. Once you have a kidney stone, it is better to provide the body with an additional amount of water to speed up the process of passing the stone. This involves increasing the daily 8 glasses of water to 12 glasses until the stone passes naturally.
Further, it is advisable to try and maintain the habit of drinking 8 glasses of water per day. It is likely that the primary cause for your kidney stones was dehydration and staying properly hydrated is a good first step towards prevention.
Drink basil juice
Basil is among the many available herbs for kidney stone treatment and it may help deal with the problem. It is high in acetic acid, which is effective at breaking down stones and helping them pass without much pain. Moreover, basil juice is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, both of which are required for good kidney health.
To make the juice, take freshly dried leaves and brew a cup of tea or mix them into a smoothie. Use a basil-based solution for up to 6 weeks as any further use may result in low blood pressure and increased bleeding.
Make a lemon juice mixture
Learning how to dissolve kidney stones with lemon juice is a worthwhile endeavour, mainly because lemons are easily available and lemon juice is easy to prepare. This juice helps because lemon is known to contain citrate, which is required to stop the formation of calcium stones.
Moreover, citrate plays a key role in breaking down kidney stones and helping them pass naturally without much pain. To make a mixture that works, simply squeeze lemons to your water, as often as you’d like. Using lemon for kidney stones treatment is an age-old practice that works effectively, and you have good reason to try it.
Try apple cider vinegar
The idea that apple cider vinegar helps kidney stones pass and dissolve is backed by some studies. Further, a study has found the solution to help reduce the formation of kidney stones, thus adding even greater value to it usage. This may be due to the fact that it contains acetic acid, which is known to help dissolve the stones that form in the kidney. To benefit from this, simply mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to around 8 ounces of water and drink the mixture.
Avoid consuming more than this amount as it can have harmful side effects such as leading to low potassium levels or causing osteoporosis.
Consume horsetail juice
Another helpful natural solution to kidney stones is to use horsetail juice. Similar to basil juice, you shouldn’t use this herb’s juice for more than 6 weeks as this increases the risk of seizure and loss of potassium. Horsetail works effectively because it reduces inflammation, soothes swelling and increase urine flow. This aids the passing of kidney stones naturally. Moreover, it has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, which have benefits that improve overall urinary health.
When using this herb for kidney stone treatment, ensure that you aren’t on any type of heart medication or are taking diuretics or lithium. Similarly, the use of horsetail isn’t recommended for pregnant women or children or those with diabetes.
Whether it is lemon or apple juice for kidney stones, employing these home remedies for kidney stone treatment should suit you well, if your case isn’t too severe. In addition to this, it is important to note that learning how to test for kidney stones at home isn’t worth the effort. The only conclusive and reliable way to diagnose kidney stones is to visit a specialist and undergo the diagnostic tests required. Basing your judgement solely on the early signs of blood in the urine or difficulty urinating is unwise and can be problematic. It can cause you to try remedial approaches that can very easily worsen the situation. To avoid this, use the Bajaj Finserv Health App to find the right doctor without the hassles.
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