Looking for the best homeopathic medicine for kidney stone removal? This article gives details of most useful homeopathy remedies for kidney stones that can reduce the kidney stone pain and help to dissolve or expel them.
Kidney stones, also called renal calculi, are solid concretions (crystal aggregations) of dissolved minerals in urine; calculi typically form inside the kidneys or bladder.
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, and struvite (magnesium, ammonium, and phosphate).
What causes kidney stones?
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 cysteine 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.
- 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.
- Causes increase in concentration of solutes, resulting in precipitation of calcium which forms calcium oxalate stones.
- 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.
- 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 kidney stone 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
- 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.
Homeopathy treatment for kidney stones
Homeopathy 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 homeopathic 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 homeopathy 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.
Homeopathic Medicine for Kidney Stone
Pain in kidneys from congestion of kidneys or passage of calculi. Dull aching in small of back and over bladder.
Urine dark, contains blood or deposit of renal epithelium and uric acid: passed often and little at a time, in drops (Nephritic colic.)
Urine burns while passing and urethra feels swollen. Face dark: dried-up look. Argentum nit. craves sweets and sugar, which disagree. Suffers from anticipation: hurry. Flatulent dyspepsia.
Colic due to kidney stones; 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.
Renal calculi with sharp, shooting pains. Pain comes suddenly, crampy straining along ureter, during passage of calculus. Feverish and excitable.
Irritation and clutching and spasm where in gall-stones or in renal calculi.
Belladonna is red, and hot, and dry: hypersensitive, especially to jarring. Belladonna pains come and go suddenly.
Nephritic colic with offensive urine. Urine deep-red, of strong odour:-dark brown; smells cadaverous, putrid.
Urine alternately thick like pea-soup, then clear like water. But patient feels better when urine is profuse, thick and offensive: suffers in joints-heart- when it is clear and scanty. Highly intensified urinous odour.
Very large stones. It helps to break them.
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.
In berberis vulgaris, kidney pain extends to test-icle 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.
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.
Berberis vulgaris is an excellent homeopathic medicine for kidney stone when there are radiating pains from the kidney to bladder.
Pains shoot: radiate from a point. Cannot make the least motion: sits over to painful side for relief. Sharp, darting pains following ureter and extending down into legs. Pains run up into kidneys and down into bladder.
Formation of little calculi like pin-heads in pelvis of Kidney, start to go down to bladder, with great suffering.
Cannot bear any jar : has to step down carefully. Urine dark, turbid, with copious sediment: slow to flow: but constantly urging. May be associated with biliary calculi.
Useful remedy 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.
Gravel: urinary calculi. In a Calcarea patient: chilly: cold sweating feet: sweating face: head sweats at night. Often fat, flabby and weak. Lethargic. Longs for eggs.
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.
One of the best homeopathic remedies during the paroxysms of renal colic. Pain and excitement found in no other remedy. Pains lancinating, cutting, stabbing like knives, shoot off in different directions. Burning pain, with intolerable urging to urinate.
Tenesmus. Sits and strains and gets no relief. “if he could only pass a few drops more urine (or a little more bloody stool) he would get relief: but no relief comes.
Intolerable urging, before, with and after urination: violent pain in bladder” (Cystitis).
Thirst, with aversion to all fluids. “The burning pain and intolerable urging to urinate point to Cantharis in all inflammatory diseases of others parts.”
Constant pain in region of kidneys. Fluttering sensation in kidneys. Catarrh of bladder caused by stones. Smarting pain from neck of bladder to end of urethra.
Great quantities of thick, ropy, bloody mucus in urine. Urine colour of green tea. Queer symptom: feels as if sitting on a ball. Worse damp weather: washing in cold water.
This homeopathic medicine acts very well in cases of kidney stones when there is brick dust or straw – yellow deposits in the urine
This homeopathic medicine for kidney stone has been used for the intense pain of gravel and calculus. Relieves distress from kidney stone pain, with soreness kidney region and bloody urine. “The thirstiest plant known (diabetes).
Dull aching in kidney region. Intense pain in left ureter. Frequent, scanty urination, with burning at the end of it. Thick, ropy, mucous sediment in urine.
This homeopathy remedy is especially useful for the passage of stone from kidney to bladder: with severe cutting in either renal region, extending down ureter. Pains excite nausea.
Stitches in kidneys, extends down through ureters. Pain in left lumbar region. Pain and tenderness left iliac region, intolerance of pressure.
Lifts clothing from abdomen. Extremely sensitive to touch: especially about throat and abdomen. Left side ailments. Worse for sleep: worse on waking: sleeps into an aggravation.
Kent’s Repertory gives Lithium carb. in black type for renal calculi. Curious symptom, “Pains in heart when urinating: when bending over.”
Heavy deposits, urine; dark, reddish brown. Soreness and sharp sticking pain right side of bladder.
Lycopodium is one of the main homeopathic medicine for kidney stone. It 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.
Usually right-sided. In Lycopodium, kidney stone pain extends along ureter and ends in bladder: not down leg. Back-ache, > by urination. Lithic acid in urine. Red sand in clear urine. Can dissolve phosphate stones.
Characteristics of Lycopodium Desire for sweets and hot drinks. All symptoms < 4-8 p.m. Hunger: but fullness after a little food. Distension, must loosen clothing.
This remedy has excellent action over oxalate stones.
Indicated in renal colic when one kidney, especially the right is the seat of the disease. Pains extend to genitalia and down leg, with nausea and vomiting.
Renal colic, especially when each pain shoots to the rectum and urges to stool. “Must strain to urinate: bladder is full and urine dribbles away; yet when he strains it ceases to dribble.”
“Renal colic is caused by a stone in the ureter, which by its irritation causes a spasmodic clutching of the little circular fibres of that canal; the proper medicine relaxes these fibres, and the pressure from behind forces these calculi out at once.”-Kent.
The Nux patient is hypersensitive, mentally and physically: choleric; irascible: quick and active: generally lean. Chilly.
Excellent homeopathy medicine 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.
Renal colic where there is considerable haemorrhage. Urine has brick-dust sediment and considerable blood.
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.
Excessive pain in Kidneys, shoots down left ureter; urine passes drop by drop with violent tenesmus, nausea, vomiting of bile. Constant urging to urinate: pain extorts screams.
Must go down on all fours to urinate. Almost touches floor with forehead in order to be able to pass urine. With tearing, burning pains at point of penis. Copious sediment of uric acid and blood. Thick, stringy, white mucus, or red sand.
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.
Tenesmus: extreme pain at conclusion of urination: yells with pain or urine passes without sensation. “White sand in scanty, slimy or flaky urine, or red sand in clear urine”-Nash.
Kent says, “This medicine has many times dissolved a stone in the bladder; it so changes the character of the urine that it is no longer possible for the stone to build up, and it grows smaller by continually dissolving off from the surface.”
Curious symptom, “Urine only passes freely when standing.” Hot food and drink aggravate all the complaints; but wants heat applied externally. After the remedy has been given there is a deposit of sand in the urine, which should not be stopped.
Renal and vesical calculus. Involuntary discharge of urine after urination. Constant urging. Nightly incontinence.
Silicea is a weakling mind and body: “lacks grit.” Worse cold feet: damp feet: checked sweat. Often, offensive foot-sweat or suppressed foot sweat.
Pains down the ureter, with deathly sickness and cold sweat.
Nausea with burning heat in abdomen the rest of the body being cold.
Patient persists in uncovering the abdomen. Such sickness suggests Tabacum in renal colic.
The use of this homeopathic medicine 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.
Apart from taking homeopathic medicine for kidney stone, the patient should follow some general precautions. The general measures or advises which should be given to the patient regardless of the type of stone are:
· Fluid intake should he high at all times. Fluids should be taken at bed time so that nocturia will occur. This will prevent dehydration.
· Avoidance of milk, cheese and great deal of calcium should be advised. If renal function is satisfactory, sodium cellulose phosphate 5 g T.D.S. with meals should be prescribed to reduce calcium absorption.
· Urine should be kept acid all the time. Alkalies should be prohibited or used in lesser quantities in those patients who are suffering from peptic ulcer.
· Vitamin D should be stopped or used in very low quantity.
· Patients with hyperuricemia should avoid red meats, offal and fish, which are rich in purines, and should receive treatment with allopurinol.
· Eggs, meat and fish are high in sulphur containing proteins and should be restricted in patients with cystinuria.
How effective is homeopathy in the treatment of kidney stones?
Homeopathy is very effective in treating kidney stones. Phosphate stones easily pass out as sand and most oxalate stones between size 3 mm to 8 mm come out within days with the right homeopathic medicine. The exact duration depends on the size of stone, shape of stone and location of stone.
Stones that are still lying in kidney take longer to flush, esp stones in the lower calyx take longest. Stones in the upper and middle calyx tend to come out relatively quicker. Smaller stones move out more quickly. Stones that have already come down to /are stuck at / lower vesico-ureteric junction, sometimes come out within hours, but will take a few days in most cases.
Kidney stones that are larger than 9 mm can also pass with homeopathy but need more skilled practitioners and a more precise simillimum. I have personally seen stones up to 15 mm passing out with homeopathic medicines.