Monday, August 22, 2011
Ayurvedic treatment of Kidney stones consists of using a combination of herbal remedies some naturally occuring micro-mineral based Ayurvedic remedies which are used to break even most stubborn kidney stones.
To break the kidney stones, Ayurveda utilizes the power of nature. There are various herbs like Phyllanthus niruri, Kaasni, Punarnava, Berginea linguilata, ( Pashaan bhed is the ancient Sanskrit name of this herb) Pashaan means Stone and Bhed means penetrate.
How the ancient people know that this herb should be named as “Pashaan –Bhed” because they tried the herb for kidney stones and gall stones and found it very effective.
The herbal formulations which are used in Ayurvedic medicine for kidney stones are described below –
One can use the combination to break the kidney stones. The treatment is purely natural without any side effects.
Hazral Yahood Bhasm- 5 gm
Trivikram ras – 5 gm
Shwet Parpati – 5 gm
Yav Kshaar – 5 gm
Mooli kshaar – 5 gm
Giloy Satv – 5 gm
Mix them all together in the above mentioned quantity, Make 20 pacs of all these, consume 1 pack twice daily, with honey
2. Tablet Varunadi Vati – 2 tablets twice daily
3. Cap. Rencure formula – 2 twice daily
4. Mutrakrichantak Churna – 1 teaspoonful twice daily or Boil 1 tablespoonful of this powder in 200 ml water, boil until it remains 50 ml, filter it and consume the water only. Leave the residue. Do this twice daily.
All these 4 remedies are effective Ayurvedic medicines for kidney stones. There are however many other patent Ayurvedic medicines of various herbal and Ayurvedic companies but I have been using these remedies in my patients and found them very successful.
What are Kidney Stones?
Kidney stones are small, hard rocks which are made within the kidneys.
What are the symptoms of Kidney Stones?
Sometimes kidney stones cause no symptoms. Other times, they cause blood in the urine and/or severe pain in the side or back. When kidney stones are large or there is more than one, they may block the flow of urine.
Types of Kidney stones -
There are mainly 4 types of Kidney stones
Calcium Stones: people who form this type of stone either have too much of one type of three chemicals in their urine, or not enough of another. In particular, they have either too much calcium, oxalate, or urate in their urine, or too little citrate. Eating too much salt may cause too much calcium to stay in the urine A few patients will have kidney stones from overproduction of the calcium controlling hormone, parathormone. There is a common myth that drinking milk can cause kidney stones which is wrong. Drinking milk does not cause kidney stones.
Drinking too less water is the real cause of kidney stones.
Struvite Stones: Chronic infection of the urine generally causes these stones. The bacteria responsible for the infection cause a chemical alteration of urine which leads to this type of stone. These stones are harder than the ordinary stones and difficult to break. Herbal Remedies like Varunadi vati are effective to break such kidney stones.
Uric Acid Stones: This type of stone forms when the urine is too acidic, which causes excessive uric acid production. Avoid high protein diet, consume a lot of water everyday.
Cystine Stones: These stones form because of an inherited condition in which the body cannot clear a chemical called cystine from the blood. Usually, other family members have the same condition.
How do Kidney Stones leave the body?
In many cases, a person will pass the stone via the urine. This may be a painful process, and may take a couple of days. Generally, the physician asks the person with kidney stones diagnosed by x-ray or ultrasound to strain the urine and save the stone so that it can be analyzed.
When a person cannot pass the stone through the urine, there are treatments available to remove or crush them, including:
Inserting a small instrument through the urethra (the tube through which a person passes urine from the body) to “snare” the stone and remove it
Shock wave lithotripsy, whereby the stone is crushed. Once the stone is crushed, a person can pass the smaller pieces
Surgery – This is another option to remove bigger stones which are impossible to treat by any other method.
How can you prevent kidney stones?
Drink more liquids: Drinking 8-10 glasses of liquid each day helps to keep the urine dilute – which reduces the concentration of stone forming minerals in the urine At least half of the liquid should be water; the other liquids could be any beverages you like.
Reduce the amount of salt you eat: Reducing the salt (sodium) in the diet helps to reduce the amount of calcium in the urine which in turn reduces the tendency for calcium stone formation. Dietary salt reduction is best accomplished by not adding salt to your food and by avoiding those high sodium foods such as processed meats, salty convenience foods (regular, boxed or canned soups, noodle or rice mixes) and salty snacks.
Be sure your diet contains adequate amounts of calcium: Several years ago it was believed that dietary calcium should be restricted in patients with calcium kidney stones. At least two scientific studies now show that the inclusion of at least two servings of high calcium foods per day in the diet actually reduces the rate at which calcium-containing kidney stones form.
FOODS TO BE AVOIDED IN KIDNEY STONES
The following foods should be avoided: chocolate, anchovies, rhubarb, caviar, greens, herring, berries, scallops, peanuts, mussels, asparagus, organ meats (liver, kidneys, brains), tea, meat, extracts, broth, bouillon, consomme.
Medications: These should only be prescribed by your physician after the cause for your kidney stones is determined.
Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic which is very effective in reducing calcium in the urine and preventing kidney stones
Sodium bicarbonate taken orally makes the urine less acidic and more alkaline. In turn, this decreases the amount of uric acid and cystine in the urine
Penicillamine and/or captopril: These two drugs have been found useful in reducing the excretion of cystine in patients who have this as the cause for their kidney stones
Antibiotics: In those patients who have struvite (infection) stones, preventing or controlling urinary infection is mandatory to prevent the recurrence of stones
Allopurinol reduces the amount of uric acid excretion