Kidney stones are hard, small deposits that form in the kidneys, and are made of minerals and acid salts.
They have a number of causes and symptoms and can affect all parts of the urinary tract, from the kidneys to the bladder. The stones often form when the urine becomes so concentrated that the minerals start to crystallize and stick together. Small stones passing through the urinary tract are very painful but cause little damage, and can treated by taking pain medication and drinking tea or water to pass them faster. Larger stones can be lodged in the urinary tract and surgery might be needed.
- Acute pain in the back, side and below the ribs
- Fluctuating pain
- Lower abdomen and groin pain
- Pain on urination
- Cloudy urine
- Brown, red or pink urine
- Frequent urination
- Urinating small amounts
- Calcium stones: the majority of kidney stone cases involve calcium stones, in the form of calcium oxalate. Oxalate is a substance found in all types of food, some types of vegetable and chocolate presenting high levels of this compound. It is produces by the liver as well, and factors such as high doses of vitamin D and metabolic disorders can increase the production of oxalate in the organism.
- Struvite stones: are formed in response to infections in the organism, such a those found in the urinary tract. This type of stones grow quickly and to great sizes. They are dangerous because they present very little symptoms and can block the urinary tract.
- Uric acid stones: formed when there is not enough fluid in the organism due to poor hydration or fluid loss. They appear in people who have a high-protein diet or who suffer from gout.
- Cystine stones: cause by excess excretion of amino acids by the kidneys in the organism. People with the hereditary disorder cystinuria are prone to developing this type of affection.
The following tea recipes are proven to help with treating kidney stones that are yet to reach critical size and can be eliminated naturally:
Horsetail tea has been used as a natural remedy for kidney stones for a long time. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps dislodge the small stones and eliminate them upon urination. Drink 3 or 4 cups of horsetail tea on a daily basis for maximum results.
Celery seeds and full-grown vegetables are great for inducing urination and as kidney tonics. Regular consumption of celery tea is great at preventing the formation of stones in the kidney and keeping the urinary tract clean.
Basil is a natural kidney tonic. Basil tea can be consumed daily to prevent the formation of stones or up to 4 times a day to help eliminate them. Drinking thick basil tea is believed to help with the expulsion of the stones from the urinary tract.
Birch leaf tea
Birch leaf tea, if consumed 3 times a day, will stimulate urination and stop the spasms cause by pain in the urinary tract.