The term for kidney stone disease is nephrolithiasis or urolithiasis. It describes how one or more solid pieces or pieces of one or more materials develop and get stuck in the urinary tract. The parts that contribute to the urinary tract include the two kidneys, two ureters, one bladder, and one urethra. This disease can occur in 1% to 15% of the people around the globe. These stones form in the kidney and leave the body with urine. A small stone may move out of the body without causing symptoms of pain and bleeding. When a stone is more than 5 millimetres or 0.2 inches in size, it is hard to move out of the body with the urinary flow. As a result, it can stay in the kidney or get stuck in the ureter. By blocking the ureter, the stone or stones cause difficulty in urination and result in severe pain in the lower back or abdomen. Other symptoms experienced include painful urination, vomiting, and the presence of blood in the urine. Some people may tend to repeated kidney stones. It has been observed that nearly half the people with a kidney stone are most likely to have another one in the next ten years.
Homoeopathy, in this case, can specifically help by ending the tendency of repeated stone formation in the kidneys. The blame for having a kidney stone can be put on a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Several risk factors predispose to the condition. These are high calcium supplements, high urine calcium levels, obesity, certain foods and medicines, lack of taking fluids, conditions such as hyperparathyroidism, and gout. The best way to find out if you have kidney stones is by consulting a doctor if there are symptoms that bother you. Useful blood tests, medical imaging will be advised, and the diagnosis will be reached. The next step after diagnosis is apt treatment. Homoeopathy has treated a lot of cases of kidney stones successfully. Due to the individualistic and holistic approach, homoeopathy can work on all ages and completely safe when taken by a trained homoeopathic doctor's advice.
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The homoeopathic remedies that are used while treating kidney stones include:
It is a wonderful medicine for kidney stones and gall bladder stones. There are burning pains while urinating. The patient needing this remedy generally experiences a sensation that some urine had remained after urinating. Thick mucus can be present in urine. Urine can be bright red due to blood, and there can also be mealy sediment in it. There is a bubbling and sore sensation in the kidneys. There can be a pain in the bladder region and pain in the thighs and groins on urinating. The complaint of frequent urination can be present in the patient, and the urethra generally has a burning sensation when the patient is not urinating.
Calcarea carb is generally prescribed to people who are fat, fair, and flabby, especially women. This is again a good medicine for kidney stones and gall-bladder stones. The urine of the patient is generally dark brown and is sour and fetid. The amount of urine is abundant and can contain white sediment. The urine can be bloody, and the bladder can be irritable. Enuresis or a repeated inability to control urination can develop, which can lead to bedwetting at times. When we talk about this patient's mind, they are mostly apprehensive, and this apprehensiveness is worse towards the evening.
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Cantharis can help in dealing with a urinary tract infection along with a kidney stone. The patient feels an intolerable urging for urination and tenesmus. There is bloody urine. There are violent paroxysms of cutting in the whole renal region, with violent urging to urinate. Urine passes by drops, and there is intolerable tenesmus. The urine can scald the passage. There can be inflammation in the kidneys and bladder, and cantharis can resolve it. This inflammation is usually associated with bladder irritation. Gastric, hepatic, and abdominal complaints can be aggravated by drinking coffee.
This homoeopathic medicine acts principally on the kidneys and the genito-urinary tract. There is fluttering in the region of the kidney. The patient finds an urge to urinate, and the urine is turbid, offensive, and contains ropy or bloody mucus. The urine can have copious sediment. There can be a sensation of scalding and burning during micturition or urination. The patient generally strains after passing the urine. The patient also has to push before the flow comes. The remedy suits people who are alcoholics.
It is a wonderful remedy for profuse white and bilious salts in urine. It is a good remedy for gravel. Calculus in kidneys can lead to renal colic. There is a pain in the lumbar region. There are dizziness and oppression in the chest. There is burning in the urethra with frequent desire to urinate. There are fatty deposits of mucus in urine. There is a sharp pain, especially on the left side. There are spasmodic stricture and profuse deposits of white salts.
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Lycopodium works well in urinary or digestive problems. This remedy can stop the tendency to formation of kidney stones. There is a strain in the back before urinating. Urine is slow in coming out, and the patient must strain to pass urine. Urinary retention is possible. There is polyuria at night, and heavy red sediment in the urine can be seen. The belly of the patient is full immediately after a light meal and bloated. The patient is afraid to be alone and is extremely sensitive.
It is one of the greatest polychrests as it is used to treat a variety of conditions. When kidney stones are mostly alcohol, medication, and food intake, this remedy can show the best results. The bladder is irritable, and haematuria is present.
Pareira brava has a marked action on the urinary symptoms of a patient. It is used for treating renal colic and prostatic affections. There can be a catarrh of the bladder, and there can be a sensation as if the bladder were distended, and there was a pain going down the thigh. The patient can only emit urine when he goes on his knees and presses his head against the floor. Dribbling after urination can be seen, and there is itching along the urethra with inflammation of the urethra.
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This remedy can be prescribed in kidney stones when there is haematuria and the urine is turbid, brown, with red sediment. Phosphorus also works well in another disease involving the kidney, called acute Bright’s disease or acute nephritis.
This remedy can help the patient get rid of kidney stones if the urine symptoms are peculiar. Urine, in this case, is scanty, slimy, flaky, sandy, and bloody. Renal colic can be marked. There is severe pain after urination and urine dribbles while sitting. The urinary bladder is distended and painful, and the person screams with pain before and while passing urine. Urine passes in the feeble stream. Pain is marked on the right side and can travel downwards.
Note: However small the kidney stone is, please do not take a homoeopathic medicine without a homoeopathic doctor's prescription.
[With inputs from Dr Jyoti Sharma (Homeopathic Doctor), Founder of Kaila Homeopathy]
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