Kidney stones or nephrolithiasis are the most usual problem of the kidney. It is also known as ureterolithiasis (stones in ureter) or urolithiasis (stones in urinary tract). Such stones are hard lump formed by the concretion of mineral salts in urine inside the kidney or urinary tract. Our urine has the properties that help dissolve the minerals or salts like calcium phosphate, uric acid, cystine, etc. However, sometime because of reasons like dehydration it fails to dissolve them, and thus the kidney stones form.
The size of these stones may vary from as tiny as a grain of sand or large like a bird's egg! Usually the small ones leave our body while urinating without aches. But in case of urolithiasis, they used to cause severe pain by obstructing the urinary tract. The kidney stones are more common to men than women.
Causes and symptoms: The kidney stones can be formed due to a number of reasons like – heavy perspiration, insufficient and irregular intake of fluids, poor diet, excessive intake of acid-forming foods, use of white-flour, tea, coffee, lack of vitamin A and more intake of vitamin D.
Most of the time you would not be aware of kidney stones because they tend to leave silently through urine. This is true if the stones are tiny in size. Otherwise, the common symptom is severe pain in the sides and later in the groin or in thighs. Painful urination, frequent desire to urinate, fever, nausea, vomiting tendency, etc are among other symptoms. In serious cases, blood can be seen in the urine known as the state of "hematuria" caused by little damage inside kidney or ureter.
Effective home remedies: There exist a number of home remedies or natural ways for kidney stone sufferers. However, it is advisable to go to your doctor first for diagnose if you doubt having stones. This is important before the use of any remedy as in most cases kidney stones form due to wrong diet.
Let's now take a look at the available home remedies that can help recovering from this problem.
Drink water: You first have to start drinking enough water like two liters daily as it will increase the intake of fluids.
Basil juice: The mixture of one teaspoon each of basil juice and honey should be taken regularly for six months.
Watermelon and apple: Taking watermelon or apple juice at regular intervals could help you find relief from kidney stones.
Figs: Take two figs and boil them in a cup of water. This drink is also useful in case of kidney stones.
Celery: Use of this food is very effective for those who are prone to kidney or bladder stones. By using it, you can prevent the future formation of stones in kidney.
French bins or rajmah: Dried French bins help in solving all types of kidney problems. To use, first remove the bins from the pods and then slice the pods. Thereafter boil them in four liter of hot water for six hours. Later filter the liquid using fine muslin and leave it to cool for another eight hours. You have to take one glass of it every two hours the whole day.
Other than these, you should avoid intake of acid-forming foods and alcoholic drinks. Try to take foods that are vitamin A rich. You should also intake vitamin B6 or pyridoxine as it is one of the most effective remedies for kidney stones.
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