It has been said that the pain of passing a kidney stone is comparable to that of giving birth. Stones might pass in a few hours, but sometimes it takes days. It’s best to try to avoid developing them. Dehydration is a key factor. Lack of fluids prevents mineral salts in urine from being dissolved, causing them to clump together as grit and slowly form kidney stones.
To be sure your kidneys are well irrigated and healthy, drink plenty of herbal and fruit teas, non carbonated water and diluted fruit juice.
• Limit your intake of cocoa, coffee, rhubarb and spinach. They contain oxalate, which contributes to the formation of calcium oxalate, a common type of kidney stone.
• Drink enough fluids to be sure you produce about 2 quarts (2 L) of urine a day. Most fluids are all right, but avoid cola, beer and black tea.
• Salt and meat can aggravate kidney stone formation. Consume them in moderation.
If grit or small stones have already formed in your kidney, the following home remedies may help to flush them out.
• Teas made with the herbs cornsilk, buchu and marshmallow soothe the kidneys.
• The citric add in lemon inhibits the crystallization of calcium oxalate. Drink the juice of half a lemon in a glass of warm water each morning.
• Drink plenty of water: 10-12 cups (2.5-3 L) a day. •
If your kidney stones are painful, try a potato wrap made from boiled, mashed and still hot potatoes wrapped in cloth. Place the wrap over the kidney area. The warmth will soothe your afflicted organs.
• Our grandmothers were familiar with the soothing properties of heat and regularly took warm baths or placed a hot water bottle on their lower abdomen at bedtime to ease kidney or bladder pains. Both are simple remedies that can bring relief, as is exposure to infrared light.