Gravel / Renal Calculi
The pain caused by passing a kidney stone is infamous. But worse things can happen. Kidney stones are crystallized minerals formed from deposits in urine and can be as small as a grain of salt. The larger ones, however, can become lodged in the urinary tract, backing up the flow of urine in the system and causing a great deal of pain. There may also be nausea, bloody urine, and fever. There is almost always some degree of lower back pain and kidney pain.
What Causes Kidney Stones?
Kidney stones are usually caused by cholesterol binding with inorganic calcium (from dairy products, drinking water, and other inorganic sources). If your tap water is high in calcium deposits, drinking it can increase the risk of your body’s forming these painful stones. Other causes include:
- Eating foods and drinks containing oxalic acid, such as spinach, rhubarb, beets, nuts, tea, wheat bran, strawberries, rhubarb, chocolate, and coffee. The oxalic acid reduces calcium absorption.
- Eating too much sugar or salt
- Consuming too much phosphoric acid, found primarily in soft drinks
- Eating too many acid forming foods, such as an overabundance of proteins
Treatments for Kidney Stones
You probably throw away one of the best natural remedies for kidney stones and kidney problems in general each time you eat corn on the cob. Numerous natural health experts recommend corn silk, the long, silky strings linked to the ripe kernels of corn, for kidney problems such as kidney stones. You can make this into a tea by boiling it for a few minutes. Add to a green tea base, if desired. Corn silk helps relieve kidney stones both by acting as a natural diuretic and by soothing the urinary tract, which can become irritated by the stones. It and other emollient diuretics, such as marshmallow root and couch grass, protect the kidneys’ sensitive nephrons (structural and functional units of the kidney) from inflammation and irritation. Besides corn silk tea, you can make kidneyfriendly teas from Watermelon seed, celery seed, and parsley leaves and seeds. Here’s more:
- Taking 1,500 mg of vitamin C and 50 mg of vitamin B6 daily can help break up these stones. Magnesium supplements may also help.
- Liver Tea (see Hepatitis) and Cordyceps mushroom extract will complete the breakdown of the stones and help transport the residue out of your body. In Brazil, a common weed, called quebra pedra (stone breaker) is used to dissolve kidney stones, as is cerveja do campo (beer of the field).
- Gravel root, uva ursi, horsetail, and dandelion root are all kidney tonics, along with water, water, water. You cannot drink too much water.
- Eat black cherries and drink a glass of organic apple juice in the morning, and one at night. Take vitamin C supplements and eat plenty of citrus fruit.
- Avoid alcohol, animal products, and black pepper. Avoid chocolate, coffee, and other foods containing oxalic acid. Many people report that drinking apple cider vinegar helps with kidney stones.
Along with corn silk, some experts believe that the kombucha mushroom can help dissolve kidney stones. When kombucha is mixed with a sweet tea, it forms a sweet, fermented brew.
If you have gout or a family history of gout, you likely will be prone to develop uric acid stones (a type of kidney stone). Black cherry juice and adequate hydration are important natural treatments. If you have gout, avoid foods high in purines, such as sardines and dried beans.
If you have gout or a family history of gout, you likely will be prone to develop uric acid stones (a type of kidney stone), gallstone, or gouty formation. Black cherry juice and adequate hydration are important natural treatments. If you have gout, avoid foods high in purines, such as sardines and dried beans.