Kidney stones are the term given to deposits of minerals and other substances that come together in the kidneys to form clumps or “stones”. If these stones remain in the kidney itself, then there are usually no symptoms and often people do not even know that they have them. However, if the stone blocks the entrance to the ureter (the small tube-like structure which connects the kidneys to the bladder), problems with urination and intense pain can result. The good news is that there are many natural remedies to help break up kidney stones naturally and keep the urinary tract in good shape.
Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are not a new problem: they have plagued humans throughout most of history – and the use of many of the herbs below to treat them goes back a very long ways. Some of the best healing herbs for kidney stones:
This herbs name literally means “stone breaker” or “stone crusher” and for hundreds of years, this South American plant was used by native peoples – and later by European settlers – to break up kidney stones and make them easier to pass. It is an extremely effective remedy for this problem. Chanca Piedra has many other health benefits. It is used in healing and treating: Gonorrhea, UTI ( urinary tract infections), Stomachache and Indigetion, Abdominal tumors, Fever, Cough and Swelling, Thyroid.
Tea made from dandelions – or consuming the fresh greens themselves – help to cleanse the urinary tract because of dandelion’s natural diuretic properties. This means that urination will be increased and this in turn can help pass the stones through and eliminate them from the body.
Uva ursi is an herb with a long history of use in folk and native healing traditions. Drinking a tea made of uva ursi or taking a supplement in capsule form can help to reduce the discomfort and pain of kidney stones as well as helping to fight secondary infections and cleanse the urinary tract.
Tinging Nettles – a common countryside plant in Europe and in parts of North America, so named because of the stinging sensation caused by the barbs on the leaves and stems – are another great remedy for kidney stones. Drinking a tea made from this plant can help to increase urination (it too is a natural diuretic). Its antibacterial properties can help fight off secondary infections which are a common side effect of stones.