Is there a natural remedy for kidney stones?

I have two stones. One in the kidney and one in the Ureter.
Has anyone had any success using natural remedies?.

  1. Dr. T, 06 May, 2010

    (a little alarmed that some "practitioners" cannot differentiate between gall stones and kidney stones)

    PeaceLove is correct… pretty much you have to pass the stones, have them removed or have lithotripsy. There are herbal treatments that can help with the pain while the stones pass and/or increase mucous secretion slightly to prevent/limit damage to the endothelium of the ureters and urethra as the stones are passing.

    There are also some herbs that can help change the pH of your urine to help dissolve the stones. Increasing the water you’re drinking will help dissolve the stones, too. (Ideal water consumption is 1.5 – 2L/day… and more if you’re very physically active or are in an environment where you’re perspiring heavily.)

    I’d recommend that you seek treatment from a qualified ND. Here’s a link to the "Find an ND" page on the national association website…

  2. Blackops8, 06 May, 2010

    I know this may sound nasty but drinking Olive Oil (preferably extra virgin, 4 table spoons) at some point in the day as well as Lemon Juice will help dissolve kidney stones. You may also try Apple Cider Vinegar. Its not very kind on the taste buds but it may do the trick.

  3. mango, 06 May, 2010

    it was here the other day
    mix 2 oz of olive oil with 2 oz of lemon juice then drink this mixture followed by a large glass of water and within 24 hours the stones are supposed to pass out!!

  4. peacelovewine, 06 May, 2010

    It completely depends on the composition of the stones… most commonly they are calcium stones (formed from too much oxalate in you system) There is nothing you can do but pass them, and try to prevent them in the future by cutting down on oxalates in the diet (mostly tropical fruits, the worst are strawberries and mangos) Up your water intake and make sure your body is getting enough calcium (i know this seems counter productive) If you develop stones again it could be a sign of some underlying kidney problem (and it would be best to consult a doctor)

    Other stones include magnesium and other minerals… less is known about these stone types, but they are mainly associated with hormonal imbalances in women. All you can do is just pass these as well and hope for the best.

    Lithotripsy is another option for those with very painful stones this is were you are placed in a tub and ultrasonic waves are passed through your body to break up the stones into small peices, this makes them much easier to pass and much less painful.

  5. jrobertsclan, 06 May, 2010

    There are some natural cures for kidney stones that can greatly reduce or prevent the formation of stones. However, heredity and diet are the most important factors in kidney stone development.

    The most important natural cure for kidney stones is to drink plenty of fluids! Water, lemonade and most other kidney stone beverages help dilute the urine and prevent formation of stones. Some sources say to avoid grapefruit juice and carbonated soft drinks. Other sources state that the acidity of soft drinks may actually help to break down stone forming substances in the urine.

    I have had some interesting results with cranberry juice and kidney stones. Cranberry juice has proved to be very helpful to me as a natural cure for kidney stones, both in passing the stone and clearing up any urinary tract infections.

    The vast majority of stones formed are of the calcium-oxalate variety. Oxalate is found in foods like spinach, rhubarb, beet greens, nuts, chocolate, tea, bran, almonds, peanuts and strawberries. Although it may sound harsh, you may want to consider reducing your intake of these organic acids.

    Taking 50 mg/day of vitamins B6 and 200 to 400 mg/day of magnesium may also inhibit oxalate stones from forming. Magnesium citrate is the preferred variety of magnesium. Potassium citrate is also effective in dissolving calcium oxalate kidney stones.

    There are a number of free kidney stone home remedies touted on the internet. There are also many kidney stone herbal remedies. While there are many great natural cures for kidney stones that will aid in the passing and prevention of kidney stones, some "solutions" are downright odd, if not downright absurd. Caveat emptor.

    All of these kidney stone treatments will be for naught if you are not hydrating yourself properly. The best natural cure for kidney stones is more water! As my urologist told me, "I’ve got three things that are important for you to do to prevent nephrolithiasis (kidney stone formation). Water, water, water!"

    If you are not a good water drinker, get busy!

    But stay away from tea! Studies have also shown a correlation between the formation of kidney stones and tea.

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