[expert_opinion expertname=’ToddCaldecott’ opinion=”Most kidney stones are made of calcium oxalate crystals that precipitate out of the urine when it is too concentrated. To avoid this, make sure to drink plenty of water daily and eat lots of citrus foods that help break down stones. Reduce or avoid alcohol, excess protein, soft drinks, sugar, and sources of dietary oxalates such as black tea and coffee.”]
Ayurvedic treatment for kidney stones include dietary changes and also the use of diuretic and stone-dissolving herbs in acute cases. The system is then cleaned and strengthened using toning and rejuvenating preparations. The approach includes:
1. Diet and Nutrition
You can prevent kidney stones by making changes in your fluid intake. Also depending on the type of kidney stone, limiting consumption of sodium, animal protein, calcium, and oxalate rich foods will prevent stone formation.
2. Panchakarma Therapy
Panchakarma therapy is a very effective means of cleansing the body internally in order to help it regain its strength. It also helps in relieving kidney stones.
3. Banana Stem
The juice extracted from the stem of banana plant is an excellent remedy for kidney stones, as it is rich in fiber and diuretic properties. Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner to decide the right dosage for your specific case. Generally, it is advised to consume 10 ml juice along with 1 gram cardamom seeds, twice a day, on an empty stomach or 10 minutes before food.
Figs can work wonders in the treatment of kidney stones. Boil two figs in a cup of water for 15-20 minutes and drink it on an empty stomach early in the morning.
5. Basil Leaves (Tulsi)
Basil leaves are good for the overall health of the kidneys. Mix 1 teaspoon of juice from basil leaves with 1 teaspoon of honey and have it daily in the morning. You can also chew two to three basil leaves. It helps in the easy expulsion of stones through the urinary tract.
6. Tomato Juice
Drink a glass of tomato juice with a pinch of salt and pepper every morning. This helps dissolve the mineral salt deposits in the kidneys.
[Read: Do Tomato Seeds Cause Kidney Stones]
7. Drink Water
Drinking plenty of water daily will produce clear urine each time you urinate. This will eventually help the kidney stones to break down or dissolve. Health care providers recommend that a person drink 2 to 3 liters of fluid a day. People with cystine stones may need to drink even more.
8. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice contains citric acid that helps break down calcium-based kidney stones. Drink two to three glass of lemon juice daily. This will help increase the volume of urination, which benefits people affected by kidney stones.1
[expert_opinion expertname=’ToddCaldecott’ opinion=”To help relieve the spasm and pain of kidney stones, drink plenty of water, citrus juice, and take a hot Epsom salt bath. Antispasmodic herbs such as Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum), Kava (Piper methysticum) and Bhanga (Cannabis indica) can be taken along with “stone-breaker” herbs such as Pashanabedha (Bergenia ligulata),Gravelroot (Eupatorium purpureum), Gokshura seed (Tribulus terrestris), and Jin Qian Cao (Lysimachia christinae).”]
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