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Kidney Stones Causes, Symptoms, Homeopathy Treatment

Last modified on September 18th, 2018

Dr. Manisha Bhatia

Causes of Kidney stones, symptoms and treatment of kidney stones with effective homeopathic remedies and their indicated symptoms.

causes of kidney stones, symptoms and treatment of kidney stonesKidney stones or renal calculi or nephrolithiasis refers to condition of stone formation in kidneys. Stones can be formed in any region of kidney and urinary system.

Nephrolethiasis refers to renal stone disease; urolithiasis refers to the presence of stones in the urinary system.

The majority of stones consist of calcium, usually as calcium oxalate, but they can contain uric acid, struvite (magnesium, ammonium, and phosphate), spontaneous passage of a stone is related to the stone size and location.

The kidneys are the vital organs of our body that filter waste products from the body. Sometimes there is deposition of mineral made up of calcium, uric acid and amino acid crysteine causes kidney stones.

Several factors increases the risk for developing kidney stones, including inadequate fluid intake and dehydration, reduced urinary volume etc. anything that blocks or reduces the flow of urine also increases the risk.

Causes of kidney stones


  • Organisms such as proteus, pseudomonas, and klebsiella produce recurrent UTI. These organisms produce urea and cause stasis of urine which precipitate stone formation. Nucleus of the stone may harbor these bacteriae.

Hot climate

  • Causes increase in concentration of solutes, resulting in precipitation of calcium which forms calcium oxalate stones.

Dietary factors

  • Diet rich in red meat, fish, eggs, can give rise to aciduria.
  • Diet rich in calcium, tomatoes, milk, and spinach produce calcium oxalate stones.
  • Diet lacking in vitamin A causes desquamation of renal epithelium which precipitates calcium and alters it and kidney stones formation occurs.

Metabolic causes

  • Hyperthyroidism increases serum calcium levels resulting in hypercalcinosis and pelvic stones.
  • Gout increases uric acid levels and causes multiple uric acid kidney stones.


  • Paraplegic patients secrete large amounts of calcium in the urine resulting in calcium oxalate kidney stones.

Inadequate urinary drainage

  • As in case of hoarse shoe kidney, unascended kidneys are more vulnerable for development of stones due to stasis.

Other causes of renal stones include

  • Less urinary citrate
  • Any injury to renal epithelium

Types of kidney stones

  • Calcium oxalate stones
  • Phosphate stones
  • Uric acid stones
  • Cystine stones
  • Xanthine and indigo stones

Symptoms of kidney stones

A kidney stone usually does not produce symptoms while it is lying silent in the kidneys. However, once it moves, it causes intense pain.

The pain usually appears first in the back, just below the ribs. Over severe hours or days, the pain follows the stone’s course through the ureter toward the groin. Pain stops when the stone passes. The classic presentation of symptoms of kidney stones in a patient feeling intense pain in loin or renal angle or from renal angle extending towards urethra.

There may be nausea and vomiting, often with sweating. Pain is usually once-sided. If the kidney stone has reached bladder or urethra, there will be frequent urging to urinate, pain while urinating and the urine may be turbid or bloody.

  • Severe pain in the side, back, below the ribs
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blood in urine or haematuria
  • Reduced urine flow or output
  • Recurring urinary tract infection
  • Guarding and rigidity of the back and abdominal muscles during attack of severe pain
  • Constant desire to urinate.
  • Painful urination along with burning sensation
  • Fever and chills when infection occurs


Mainly following investigations are important

Blood urea and creatinine – to rule out renal failure

Plain X-ray KUB – to diagnose kidney stones, 90% of the kidney stones are radio-opaque

Enlarged renal shadow can be seen.


Kidney ultrasonography is an easily performed, noninvasive, nontoxic test to determine obstructive changes such as hydronephrosis. Diagnosis of the stone and size can be made out. Exact location of the stone can be made out.


To locate the kidney stones exactly in relation to kidney and ureter and to asses renal function.

Urine culture and sensitivity

Urine culture of midstream sample may indicate UTI.

Urinalysis may be normal, or may show increased specific gravity and acid or alkaline pH suitable for different types of stone formation. Other urinalysis findings include haematuria., crystals (urate, calcium, or cystene), casts, and pyuria with or without bacteria and white blood cells.

Treatment of kidney stones

Allopathic treatment of kidney stones – mainly include intravenous hydration along with a diuretic like frusemide. Surgery is also helpful in case of kidney stone.

Shock wave lithotripsy is used to blast the kidney stone into small pieces. The smaller pieces of the kidney stone then pass through your urinary tract.

Cystoscopy / ureteroscopy. If the stone is small and stuck, it can be removed with cystoscopy or uretroscopy. Cystoscope is used to look inside the urethra and bladder to find a stone in your urethra or bladder. Ureteroscope is used to see the ureters and kidneys. Once the stone is found, the doctor can remove it or break it into smaller pieces.

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy. The doctor inserts the nephrosope directly into your kidney through a small cut made in your back and the stone is removed through this opening. This is usually done for larger stones in kidneys and when there is a natural kink in a ureter.

Drinking large quantity of water and pass urine whenever there is an urge can help prevent kidney stone formation.

Homeopathy treatment of kidney stone

BERBERIS VULGARIS HOMEOPATHY REMEDY for kidney stonesHomeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach.

This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering.

The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat kidney stone but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for kidney stone treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensation and modalities of the complaints.

For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important remedies are given below for the treatment of kidney stones:

Berberis Vulgaris, Ocimum can, Lycopodium, China sulph, Sarsaparilla, Pareira B, Calcarea carb, Urtica urens, Natrum phos, Terebinthina, Belladonna, Dioscorea, Cantharis, Millefolium, Causticum and many other medicines.

Asparagus –  nephritic colic; gravel passing in small quantities with urine; urging to urinate; bloody urine; strong smelling urine; after urination, burning in urethra, with sensation as if some were still passing; swelling of penis, with erection and urging to urinate.

Alumina – pain in the right kidney, and soreness as if full of small stones.

Berberis Vulgaris – tearing cutting pain in kidneys, extending down the ureters to the bladder or urethra, or shooting all through the pelvis and in to the hip, cutting and sticking pain in bladder and urethra.

Pain extends to testicle of affected side, which is drawn up; urine hot, dark or bright yellow, or blood red with white, grayish, or bright red, mealy sediment or red granules or yellowish red crystals; paralyzed, bruised sensation in renal region and small of back, aggravation while sitting or lying; bubbling sensation in various parts.

Excellent remedy for kidney stones, there are radiating pains from the kidney to bladder. Pain from the kidney extends along the ureter or to liver, stomach, spleen, arresting breathing. Bubbling sensation in the region of the kidney. Frequent urination with the sensation as if some urine is left behind. Urine may have thick mucus, and bright red, turbid, yellow or sandy.

Ocimum Can – excellent remedy for kidney stone removal; kidney stone especially in the right kidney with pain on the right side. Urine smells like musk and when allowed to stand for a while, brick dust red or yellow sediments at the bottom, urine contains uric acid. Agonizing and twisting pain, which makes the patient scream and groan. Red urine with brick dust or white sediments.

Urtica Urens – its use in kidney stone removal is very old. It acts as a cleaning agent of the kidneys and eliminates gravel from them. When used after expulsion of stones, prevents their recurrence. Kidney stones with thick urine.

Natrum Phos – has excellent action over oxalate stones.

China sulph – acts very well in cases of kidney stones when there is brick dust or straw – yellow deposits in the urine

Pareira Brava – when stone is in the kidney for a long time, it helps in the kidney stone removal.

Very useful in irritable bladder, renal colic and prostatic affections; it has been found useful in cystitis. The urine is black, bloody with thick mucus and there are violent pains in the thigh, sometimes the patient has to kneel to urinate, pressing head firmly against the floor, and the urine scalds terribly. Violent pain in glans penis, itching and inflammation in the urethra and dribbling after urination.

Bryophyllum – Very large stones. It helps to break them.

Lycopodium – helps in kidney stone removal when there is right renal colic, pain extending down (right) ureter to the bladder, with frequent urging to urine; urine scanty, high colored and deposits a red or yellowish red sandy sediment; severe backache relieved by passing urine;  rumbling and blotted feeling in abdomen; burning between scapulae; haematuria; children scream out with pain when awaking from sleep and kick all around.

Sarsaparilla – urine dribbles away when sitting, on standing passes urine freely; passes gravel or small calculi, blood with last or urine; painful retention of urine; sand in urine or in diaper; has to get up several times at night to urinate; intolerable smell of genitals and of urine;  thinking of his pains causes them to return or grow worse.

Pain from the right kidney downwards. Urging to urinate before menses. There is severe pain  at the conclusion of urination. Child screams before passing the urine; kidney colic and painful urination in children. Can pass urine only when standing and dribbles when sitting.

Calcarea carb – useful for kidney stones, especially in the period between the passage of stones (also consider Calcarea renalis); acts well when stones are composed of calcium.

Helps the person who is overweight, sluggish, chilly, and tends to form stone in other parts of the body. Acts very well in cases of kidney stones, irritable bladder, incontinence while walking; urine is dark, brown, sour, foul, or of strong odor. White urinary sediment with white milky urine, at times bloody.

Cantharis – renal region sore and sensitive to touch; dull pressing pains in kidney; cutting, contracting pains in ureter, extending to bladder and urethra and down the spermatic cord, with retraction of testicles or shooting into the legs or thighs; frequent urging to urinate; urine passes in drops; burning and cutting pains before, during and after urination; urine scanty, dark colored; haematuria; children pull constantly at penis from irritation of gravel extending down to that organ.

About the author

Dr. Manisha Bhatia

Dr. Manisha Bhatia

BHMS, M.D. (Hom), CICH (Greece)
Dr. Manisha is a leading homeopathy physician working in Rajasthan, India. She has studied with George Vithoulkas through the IACH e-learning course. She is Director of Asha Homeopathy Medical Center, Jaipur and is also a Lecturer of Homeopathic Repertory at S.K. Homeopathy Medical College, Jaipur. She is also a Director of Hpathy.com. Find more about her at www.ashahomeopathy.com


  • Sir
    I Satyajit Dey, suffering from kidney stone from February 2011 to till now. I am using Equisitum and Tabacum 200 for treatment from Doctor. Someone said that for relief of stones use Berberis (Germany), Sarasaparila 200. Approx. length of the stone 6 mm. I kindly request you to give advice about this matter.
    Satyajit Dey

    • Berberis Vulgaris (made in germany ) is the best medicine for Kidney Stone
      use 10 drops with water in three time per day

  • I am suffering from kidney stone past 6 years. I have undergone allopathy treatment lithotrophy for 3 sittings, but it can”t broken. Size of stone 1.5cms in right kidney & few more stones. now I am taking homeo medicine for past 6 months. The size of stone reduced to just only .01mm. whether I continue the same treament.

    • Excellent result. Which medicines are you using? Then I will be able to advise you how long you should continue the mediciens.


    • Hi Mrs Valli,
      Im also suffering with the same problem from last 03 yrs and undergone two surgeries of both the kidneys. Now again iam having 9mm stone in my right kidney. Would appreciate if you plz suggest the good doctor in homeopathy in NCR.


    • My wife is suffering from kidney stone past 1 year. I have undergone ayurvedic treatment , but it can”t broken. Size of stone 1.5cms and 4 mm in right kidney. Now someone suggested Berberis Vulgaris medicine to me.Should I start taking this medicine and what are the chances of cure. I kindly request you to give advice about this matter

      After reading your comments, I think we can use your treatment.

      So kindly let us know which Homeopathic medicine you have used, You can also give youe cell no so that I can call and talk about the medicine.

  • My wife is suffering from kidney stone past 1 year. I have undergone ayurvedic treatment , but it can”t broken. Size of stone 1.5cms and 4 mm in right kidney. Now someone suggested Berberis Vulgaris medicine to me.Should I start taking this medicine and what are the chances of cure. I kindly request you to give advice about this matter.

  • Hi, My husband has got 1 stone of size 1 mm in his right kidney. Can anybody suggest me whether we can go for ayurveda and homeopathic treatment together?

  • Hello Dr,

    I am a male aged 35yrs. I have recently been detected with kidney stones. It started with a severe pain in left abdomen & pain going to the groin area. The pain remained for 36hrs intermittently to the extent even pain killing injections didnt help. After the detailed examination, Ultrasound & NCCT, KUB, two stones detected in both kidneys, 7mm in left one & 9mm in right one. The left kidney stone had moved down to the urinary tract & was causing the pain. I have been advised by the doctor to undergo a surgery as this big size stone will not be able to flush out on its own. So far i have been on medication & taking Tamsolin. Also I have started taking Homeopathy medicines (after consulting a Homeopathy doctor) Berberis Vulgaris, Cantharis & Lycopodium. So in effect i have been taking both Allopathy & Homeopathy since last 10 days & in these 10 days there have been pain once only. Also I have been taking lots of fluids. So I would to ask following questions as mentioned below:-

    (a) Is it fine to continue both the medicines like Allopathy & Homeopathy?

    (b) As there has been no pain, Does that mean the stone has flushed out through urine?

    (c) The Homeopathy medicines which I am taking are correct?

    (d) Is there any Homeopathy medicine which can instantly provide relief from the pain?

  • My brother have one stone of 1.5 mm , if we remove this stone through laser operation, than Is there chances of formation of these stone again?

  • Berberies Bulgeris Q 15-20 drops good for removing kidney stones. For pain one can take Belladona 200CH for times in a day.
    Later Canthris Q also be mixed with Berb Vul.

  • Hi I got two kidney stones one of 6 mm and second is 7 mm. Doctor put a stunt in my urinary pipe becaus stones are big and it stuck in my urinary pipe and it stops my Urine by this reason doctor said it will effect your kidney.Now next month they will cut these stone by laser .Is there any treatment in homeopathy that it will dissolve in one month.reply as soon as possible.Thanks

  • i Ritesh Kumar suffering from kidney stones from last 3 month
    (multiple stones (large one is 4. 50 mm) seen in upper calyx of left kidney)
    sir i want to which treatment is good allopathic or homeopatic.

  • Hello..
    My mom is suffering from kidney stone. 7mm in one kidney & 14mm in one.she took ayurveic treatment and the 7mm stone passed away..but doctor said 14mm stone is very old and it is hard.so doctor suggested for bursting it.but my mom has gone through so many operations. She is not ready for another. We are thinking to try homeopathy… Please suggest us.

  • I have two renal culculli in my left kidney from last 1 year. I have not faced any pain in the kidney or in other parts yet. Stones measuring 9 and 18 mm. What to do for expulsion of stones.

  • Sir,
    I am suffering with the kidney stone problem from last 03 yrs and undergone one surgerie(ESW-machine strock) left side kidney (02yrs back) . Now again i am having 16mm stone in my left kidney. Would appreciate if you pls Is there any treatment in homeopathy or medicine.

  • I am suffering from kidney stones.. from 2009. in right kidney lower 4mm and in the renal 11mm size have a two stones. what i do..plz suggest me good medicine for this

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