This is one of the most common problems all around the world. Renal stones are formed from chemicals in the urine such as oxalic acid,calcium,phosphorous and uric acid. Also there are other common causes for Renal stones such as improper diet,gout,dehydration, a mineral imbalance and excessive consumption of Vitamin D. Irrespective of the size of the renal stones, they can cause you severe pain. Other symptoms of this condition are excessive sweating,vomiting,nausea,painful urination and a desire to urinate frequently.Beside conventional medications, there are many cases which can be Naturally treated as well. Many home remedies will prevent renal stone from developing in the future. Also you should be sure that you will drink a lot of water. There are many studies telling us if you drink 8 – 10 glasses of water per day along with other kinds of fluids every day, the color of your urine will become clear which a good sign for you. You need to talk with your doctor about the mentioned home remedies and the proper diagnosis and treatment.(2)
Home remedies for renal stones
Watermelon: This has potassium which is a very important element for the health of our kidneys. Also it can help you to maintain and regulate the acid levels in your urine. Watermelon does not only have potassium, but also it has high amounts of water which can help in flushing out the stones from your kidneys. You should eat watermelon at regular basis because this is a very effective natural treatment for them and also it can prevent kidney stones. Also you can drink watermelon seed tea as well.
Basil: This natural cure is needed tonic for our kidneys. It is good for the health of our organs and our overall health. This natural cure can also help induce stone expulsion from the urinary tract. You should mix one teaspoon of honey and basil juice. You should take this natural cure daily in the morning in a period of 5 – 6 months. If you do not like the taste of the honey, then you can take pure basil juice or you can chew 2 – 3 basil leaves per day. Also there is another option which you can use as your natural treatment and that is to drink basil tea. You should steep 5 – 6 basil leaves in boiling water for about ten minutes. You should add a teaspoon of honey and you should drink this natural cure after it cools.(5)
Nettle leaf: This natural cure helps in maintaining the flow of water through both kidneys and urinary bladder and also it is promoting smooth urination. At the same time, this home remedy will help you to keep crystals from forming stones and it keeps bacteria away. Nettle tea will also enhance the benefits of water because it is acting as a natural diuretic. You should add 2 teaspoons of dried nettle tea in one cup of hot water & let it steep for ten minutes and then you should strain it. Drink 2 – 3 cups of nettle tea every day in a period of several weeks.
Pomegranate: The juice and seeds of pomegranate have astringent properties and they can help in the natural treatment of renal stone. You should try to eat one whole pomegranate or you can drink one glass of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice every day. Also you can mix pomegranate in your fruit salad. There is another option for this natural cure and that is to grind one tablespoon of pomegranate seeds into a fine paste. You should eat this paste along with a cup of horse gram soup once per day. This natural cure will help you to dissolve the stones in your urinary tract. You can find the horse gram in the Indian markets.(1)
Apple cider vinegar: This natural cure can help you to dissolve the renal stones. It has alkalizing effect on your urine and blood. You should mix two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey in one cup of warm water. You should drink this natural cure a few times per day.(4)
Lemon juice and olive oil: This combination is used as traditional home remedy to expel gallbladder stones but also it can be used as natural treatment for renal stones. Lemons have citric acid which can help break down calcium – based kidney stone and also it can stop the further growth. You should take 4 tablespoons or a quarter cup of fresh lemon juice. You should add an equal amount of olive oil. Drink this natural cure followed by plenty of water. You should do this natural cure 2 – 3 times per day, up to 3 days. If you pass the stones in a single dose, then you should not continue doing this natural cure. This natural cure is not suitable for passing large renal stones. You should talk with your doctor before you take this home remedy.(6)(7)
Natural treatments for Renal stones
Wheat grass: This juice is highly effective in the treatment of renal stones and other renal diseases. You can drink a glass of wheat grass juice mixed with one teaspoon of lemon juice and juice which is extracted from the basil leaves. You should take this natural cure 2 – 3 times per day. Wheat grass juice is a good source of B vitamins, chlorophyll, amino acids, iron, potassium and magnesium which is making it one of the best home remedies for renal stones.
Bran flakes: There was one study in which is said that the whole grain – rich diets which are associated with a reduction of renal stones as they have sufficient amounts of fiber, minerals and vitamins. Wheat has insoluble fiber which can help to reduce the calcium in your urine as it combines with calcium in your intestines which is eliminating it though the stool. This is a reason why you should eat foods that are rich in fiber when you suffer from renal stones. When it comes to foods that are rich in fiber, then nothing is better than bran flakes. The fiber in them will help you to rid of the calcium in your urine which is also cutting down the risk of renal stones. In one bowl of bran flakes you can get 8 mg of fiber. If you want to cut the risk of your renal stones, then you should eat bran flakes every day without fail. Whole grain foods such as bread can also help you to decrease your risk for renal stones. Whole grain breads are rich source of protein, fiber, nutrients and magnesium. Magnesium can prevent coalescing of crystals in your kidneys to form larger stones. People who suffer from renal stones should eat 2 – 3 slices of whole wheat bread every day because this will help them to prevent renal stones. Along with bread, you should eat pasta and whole grain cereals because you can increase your intake of fiber and other nutrients to ward off renal stones in the future.(3)
Kidney beans: They are rich in fiber which means they can be used as natural treatment for any kind urinary tract problem in which is also included renal stones. You should remove the beans from inside the pods. Then, you should put the kidney beans in hot water. You should simmer the water on low temperature for hours until the beans become tender and soft. Strain the liquid and you should allow it to cool. You should strain the liquid again. Drink this natural cure several times throughout the day because it can help you to get a relief from the stone pain. These liquids should not be kept for more than 24 hours because they will lose its therapeutic properties. Also you can add kidney beans in your salad or soup.
Celery: You can get a relief from the pain of renal stones when you take a glass of raw celery juice because it has anti – spasmodic properties. This natural cure can help to clear out toxins which can contribute to the formation of renal stones. Raw celery juice is a diuretic which means that it can increase the volume of urine and it can help to flush out the stones. You should drink a glass of celery juice every day because this can help in the prevention of more stones from forming. Also you can use celery seed as your natural treatment for renal stones. You should drink herbal tea which is made with celery seeds because it can help you to treat renal stones which are caused by uric acid accumulation.
Uva ursi: This is a very common home remedy for renal stones. It can help to discourage infections in your kidneys. Also it can help you to reduce the discomfort associated with this condition and it will cleanse the urinary tract. There are some studies in which is said that it should be taken 500 mg, 3 times per day for improving this condition.
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