Kidney stones are clumps developed from solidified crystals in the kidney or urinary tract. The urine has all the ingredients that form the stone, but all these ideally pass through without our knowledge. When there is an imbalance in any of these substances, the crystals cluster together into stones. The size of the stone can be as small as a grain of sand to one as large as the size of a golf ball. The most commonly found kidney stone in humans is usually made of calcium oxalate. Other rare varieties of kidney stones include those made up of cystine, struvite (magnesium, ammonium, and phosphate), calcium phosphate, uric acid, etc.
Kidney stones are one of the most painful of urologic disorders. Men tend to be affected more frequently than women.
Causes of Kidney stone formation
Certain foods may promote stone formation in people who are susceptible. This stone formation is enhanced when there is an increased intake of calcium, calcium oxalate, uric acid or salt in our diet, with an inadequate intake of fluids. A positive family history (genetic tendency) also makes a person prone to kidney stone formation.
Certain foods that increase the risk for kidney stone formation in susceptible individuals include Spinach, rhubarb, chocolate, peanuts, cocoa, beet, coffee, cola, nuts, strawberries, tomato juice, grapefruit juice, apple juice, soda (acidic and contains phosphorus), all types of tea, and berries.
Symptoms of Kidney stones:
Kidney stones can remain asymptomatic until they obstruct the flow of urine. When obstruction to the flow of urine occurs at some point in time, the patient starts experiencing acute symptoms. The patient usually presents with the most agonizing pain in the lower back just below the ribs, which often extends into the groin area (described as ‘loin to groin’ radiation of pain). The patient may also experience nausea, vomiting, blood in the urine (haematuria), restlessness and fever (if the infection is present).
Stones less than 5 mm in size usually pass out spontaneously; however, the majority of stones greater than 6 mm require some form of intervention, especially so if the stone is stuck causing persistent obstruction and/or infection of the urinary tract.
Suggestion about homeopathic treatment
When the stone size is small, homeopathy is likely to help in the passage of stone as well as in relieving the agonizing pain caused by the same. If the stone size is larger, or the stone is impacted, or there are multiple stones, then the patient is better treated surgically. However, even after surgical removal of stones, homeopathy still has a role to play in preventing its recurrence (as the chance of having recurring stones are about 70-80%).
- Berberis Vulgaris
One of the prominent homeopathic medicine for a kidney stone, particularly that affecting the left side, is Berberis vulgaris. This homeopathic remedy helps the patients who experience discomfort complaining sensation of urine still remaining after the urination or those who pass urine comprising mucus and sediments. This kidney stone treatment also helps treat the bubbling sensation in kidneys effectively.
- Lycopodium clavatum
Another homeopathic medicine for kidney stone complaint, particularly affecting the right side, is Lycopodium clavatum. Kidney stone treatment comprising Lycopodium clavatum helps treat the individual who is suffering from pain in the right ureter or right kidney and if the pain worsens before urination.
- Cantharis vesicatoria
If an individual is experiencing an intense burning sensation on passing the urine, kidney stone homeopathic treatment comprising Cantharis vesicatoria can be quite effective. Symptoms, such as burning sensation before passing the urine and which continues after urination, indicates the need for Cantharis vesicatoria to get relief.
- Sarsaparilla officinalis
For the individuals suffering from excessive burning sensation and white sediments in urine, sarsaparilla officinalis can offer an effective kidney stone homeopathic treatment. It helps relieve you of the right-sided kidney stone discomfort.
- Hydrangea arborescens
If you are having kidney stones in the bladder and ureter, then Hydrangea arborescens is an ideal homeopathic medicine for a kidney stone. It acts as a stone-breaker and treats the condition. Yellow sand or white deposits in the urine indicated the need for this medicine in kidney stone treatment.
Homeopathy is strongly suggested for kidney stones which are not too large to pass through the ureteric and urethral passages. If any time you are suffering from a kidney stone, count on homeopathic medicine for kidney stone think of homeopathy.