Formation of kidney stones is one of the most common disorders in recent times. Chemicals usually found in the urine such as calcium, uric acid, phosphorous and oxalic acid result in the formation of stones. They may vary in size from person to person.
When the concentration of specific substances in the urine exceeds its solubility it results in the development of stones. Most frequently, middle aged persons, mostly men are more prone to kidney stones than women.
Stones obstruct the passage from kidneys which are a filtering plant for purifying blood and removing water and salts from it in the form of urine.
The main symptom of kidney stone is a severe pain in an attempt to pass down the urine from the ureter on their way to the bladder. The pain is first experienced in the side, and thereafter in the groin and thighs.
Other symptoms of kidney stones are nausea, sweating, vomiting, and frequent, painful and scanty urination. Sometimes blood is also passed along with urine.
When the urine becomes highly concentrated due to insufficient intake of fluids and heavy perspiration it results in the formation of stones in the kidneys.
Excessive intake of acid forming foods, improper diet, sugar products, white flour, tea, coffee, spices and overdose of calcium supplements aggravates them. Many times large stones also known as silent stones remain in the kidneys without causing any trouble.
Nature Cure for Kidney stones: Patients suffering from kidney stones should strictly adhere to proper diet regulations. These regulations are one of the pre requisites for the prevention and formation of stones. Diet regulations can successfully cure stones without the need for surgery in many cases.
Foods which irritate the kidneys should be avoided by the patient to control alkalinity and acidity of the urine and the urine should be prevented from being concentrated by taking fluids in adequate proportions.
Foods which are considered irritants to the kidneys are tomatoes, spinach, cucumbers, water cress, beans, cauliflower, cabbage, onions, asparagus, carbonated waters, gravies, meat, radishes, alcoholic beverages, condiments and pickles.
In case of calcium phosphate stones, oversecretion of hormone known as parathyroid causes calcium loss from the bones with increased excretion of calcium through urine. Intake of foods such as milk, alkalis and Vitamin D on a high level results in the formation of calcium phosphate stones.
French beans, also known as common beans are considered as a very effective remedy for treating kidney stones. It is one of the most effective medicines for kidney troubles. For the preparation of medicine from French beans a systematic procedure has to be followed.
Firstly the beans are removed inside the pods, than the pods are sliced and thereafter 55-60 mg of pods are added to four litres of water and after that they are boiled for four hours. This medicine should be allowed to cool for about nine hours after stirring it through fine muslin. Thereafter the liquid should be poured through another piece of muslin without stirring.
This medicine should be given to the patient every two hours during one whole day and thereafter several times in a week. This medicine should be freshly prepared, as even a single day old medicine does not work.
The herb ‘Basil’ also known as ‘Tulsi’ is good for strengthening the kidneys. Basil juice mixed with honey, taken for five months offer a relief from kidney stones. This treatment expels the stones from the urinary tract. Intake of celery also prevents the chances of stone formation.
Pyridoxine or Vitamin B6 is also a very good remedy for the treatment of kidney stones. For obtaining a permanent relief it is necessary to continue this remedy for several months.
If uric acid and oxalate stones are being formed, necessary steps should be taken to keep the urine alkaline. Foods such as almonds, beetroots, brown bread, brinjal, radish, potatoes, spinach and soya beans should be avoided.
On the other hand when the stones are composed of magnesium, calcium phosphate and carbonates the diet should be such as to keep the urine acidic.
Vegetables such as asparagus, pumpkins, turnips, cauliflower, tomatoes and cabbage should be taken and fruits such as pineapples, grapes, papayas and pears can be eaten.
The patient should stick up to a schedule of taking low protein diet restricting protein to 1.5 gm per kg of food. Intake of fluids upto 3.5 litres or more daily is essential to prevent blockage of urine due to stone formation.
Some of the yogic exercises and asanas such as uttanpadasana, pavanmuktasana and dhannurasana are also very useful for the proper functioning of kidneys.
Thus we can say that kidney stones have become one of the major health problems in modern times and only a proper diet, consisting of more fluids, liquids and water helps in dissolving the stones without the need for surgery and prevents their recurrence.
Interesting case of a patient with ureteropelvic junction obstruction and large burden of kidney stones. The stones were extracted laparoscopically, including a large Jackstone, after which the UPJ obstruction was repaired with the da Vinci robot, technique was YV ‘plasty.
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