Kidney stones often occur when urine becomes too concentrated. This causes calcium oxalate or other chemicals in your urine to form crystals on the inner surfaces of your kidneys. Over time these crystals may combine to form a small, hard mass. Sometimes this mass (stone) breaks off and passes into the ureter, one of the two thin tubes that carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder.
About 80 percent of stones are a combination of calcium and oxalate (oxalic acid), a substance found in many fruits, vegetables and grains. Most other stones are composed of uric acid, ammonia crystals.
What are the symptoms of kidney stones? Some people may not have any symptoms, but most have at least some, such as: 1. Severe pain in the kidneys or lower abdomen, which may move to the groin; pain may last for minutes or hours, followed by periods of relief . 2. Nausea and vomiting 3. Burning and frequent urge to urinate 4. Fever, chills and weakness 5. Cloudy or foul-smelling urine 6. Blood in the urine 7. Blocked flow of urine.
Home Remedies for Kidney stones 1. Prepare a horse gram soup with two tablespoons of horse gram. Drink a cup of this soup with one tablespoon of pomegranate seeds, grounded into a fine paste; acts as an effective cure. Both sour and sweet pomegranates can be used for this purpose. 2. Juice extracted from radish leaves is very beneficial. Drinking this juice two times on a daily basis is a tried and tested natural home remedy. 3. Eating two or three apples a day is one of the simplest natural home remedies for Kidney Stones. 4. The combination of tomato, pepper and salt is another healthy and natural cure. Drink a glass of fresh tomato juice mixed with pinch of salt and pepper first thing in the morning. 5. Add 25 grams of Parsley Piert in approximately 600 ml of boiling water. This is one of the few natural home remedies that originated in ancient times and are still being followed. 6. Cranberry juice, cucumber juice, celery juice and juice extracted from asparagus have therapeutic properties. 7. Cook two onions (each cut in four pieces) in a glass of water on medium flame. Blend the mixture after it cools down and strain it. Drink this juice for at least three days. Natural home remedies of this nature are a bit hard to follow but if followed correctly can help remove the stones in two days. 8. Prepare a tea with the silky tassels from a sweet corn cob. This tea has been found useful in healing urinary tract infections and removing Kidney Stone.
Kidney Stones Diet 1. Different kinds of kidney stones require different kinds of diet, diet is one of the several factors that can help or hinder kidney stone formation. 2. Water is one of the most important dietary changes recommended for all kinds of kidney stones. Kidney stone sufferers should drink enough water to make at least 2 quarts of water a day. 3. If you are more prone to calcium oxalate stones, avoid foods rich in oxalates. Beets, rhubarb, spinach, black tea, chocolate, nuts, especially peanuts and berries are some foods rich in oxalate. 4. If you have a tendency to form uric acid stones, reduce your intake of meat, sweet bread and liver as they form uric acid when they metabolize in the body. Uric acid is the end product of purine metabolism and these foods are rich in purine. 5. Moderate your intake of caffeine as it tends to increase urinary calcium and increases your risk for forming a calcium containing kidney stone. Caffeine beverages are diuretic and causes you to deplete your potassium levels.
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