Kidney stones are common disorders of the kidney and urinary tract. Medical terms for kidney stones disease are renal calculi, urinary calculi, nephrolithiasis, urolithiasis, and ureterolithiasis. When the stones are small, they do not cause any symptoms, however, once they start getting bigger you feel intense pain in the abdomen and urinary tract.
How Stones are Formed Inside the Kidneys
Kidney stones are formed when minerals start depositing in the kidney and urinary tract, and begin to harden, forming solid crystals. Kidney stones are also formed when the body lacks water to flush out toxins and minerals that are not digested. Too much acidic conditions in the body can also cause stones in the kidneys. Urinary tract infection can also result in stone formation in the kidneys or urinary tract. Generally speaking, kidney stones that are less than 2 mm pass through the urine. However, when the stones do not flush out through the urine and start getting bigger or are stuck in the urinary tract, it becomes a grave problem. Kidney stones can cause urinary tract infection, infections in the kidney, and permanent damage to the kidneys.
Symptoms of Kidney Stones
Generally speaking, when the stones are very small, they do not cause any symptoms or pain. However, when the stones get bigger or are stuck in the urinary tract, kidney stone disease begins to show visible symptoms. You will experience excruciating pain while urinating, you might see blood or pus in the urine. Urine might also become very smelly. Kidney stones also cause pain in the kidney areas as well as in the stomach and back. You might experience frequent urination, fever, even nausea, and vomiting.
Home Remedies for Kidney Stones
You can spot kidney stones through ultra sonogram) USG. Modern medicine suggests you go through surgery to remove kidney stones. When the stones are very small, and when you don’t feel pain, doctors will suggest you wait until stones get bigger and in the meantime drink a lot of water. However, alternative medicine like Ayurveda and Naturopathy have remedies to remove kidney stones without surgery.
Following home remedies help in flushing out small-sized kidney stones naturally while urinating.
Flush Kidney Stones With Water
If you are able to spot kidney stones early on, when they are less than 2 mm, you can easily flush these stones by drinking a lot of water. When you drink a lot of water 3-4 liters every day, you can flush kidney stones less than 2 mm through urine.
Combat Kidney Stones With Horse Gram Seeds
Horse gram (Macrotyloma uniflorum) are legumes cultivated and eaten as lentils in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, in many other countries. Horse grams contain protein, carbohydrate, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and B vitamins. The name horse grams comes from the fact that it was mostly used as horse feed.
Ayurveda mentions numerous medicinal properties of horse grams. In Ayurveda, horse gram seeds are used in diabetes, kidney stones, and kidney health. Horse grams are known to dissolve kidney stones. When you eat horse gram seeds regularly, they will break kidney stones into small particles and flush the particles through urine.
Modern medicine has also studied the medicinal benefits of horse grams. Various studies have established that horse grams reduce insulin resistance in the body.
Here are some well-known methods to dissolve kidney stones by consuming horse grams.
Wash a half cup of horse grams and soak in two cups of water overnight. Strain and drink the water in the morning, in an empty stomach. Continue drinking horse gram water until kidney stones are flushed out. Depending on the sizes of kidney stones, it might take 3-6 months to dissolve kidney stones.
Soak a half cup of horse grams for 12 hours and then cook for 30 minutes. Add seasoning for better taste. Eat this stew/broth every day until your kidney stones are flushed out.
Flush Kidney Stones With Pomegranate
Potassium is a very essential mineral for the heart and kidneys. While potassium helps with the electric signaling in the heart, it stops the solidification of minerals inside the kidney due to its astringent properties. Pomegranate being rich in potassium is highly beneficial in kidney stone disease. Pomegranate juice and seeds can not only prevent kidney stones but also helps in flushing out kidney stones from the urine. You can combine pomegranate seeds with horse grams for better result.
Kidney Beans in Kidney Stones
Kidney beans gets its name from their shape that look like kidney. Kidney beans are highly beneficial in kidney cleansing. B Vitamins are highly beneficial for the kidneys and kidney beans have a lot of B vitamins. Drink kidney beans water (soaked for 12 hours) daily in empty stomach.
There are numerous ways to remove kidney stones naturally, through a proper diet and botanicals. However, these alternatives methods for kidney stone removal take time. If your condition is painful, it is better to consult a surgeon and remove the stones through surgery. Nonetheless, if the stones are small, or less than 4 mm, you can opt for natural remedies mentioned above. Home remedies for kidney stones work when you spot kidney stones early on when they have not caused you a lot of pain and the stone is still small.