Kidney stones are small, hard deposits in the kidneys that are the result of minerals that couldn’t be dissolved. The stones could be as tiny as a grain of sand and pass through the urine without you being aware of it. But the bigger stones can block your urine and cause a lot of pain.
Kidney stones are caused when minerals clump together in the kidney. It can happen due to many things such as what you eat and certain medications too. Family history is another factor that influences the formation of stones.
Causes of kidney stones
There are several causes and risk factors that lead to the formation of kidney stones in a person. Let us look at all of them in detail:
Lack of water
Our bodies are made up of 65% water and each day we lose around 2.5 liters of it by various functions. Dehydration will render your kidneys unable to dissolve all the minerals present in the urine. This leads to the formation of clumps and thus, stones are formed. If you have enough water in your body, it reduces the chances of kidney stones forming.
The most common type of kidney stones forms when calcium and oxalate stick together in the kidney. Some of the oxalate high foods are spinach, beetroot, bran, potato chips, etc. Doctors usually ask kidney stone patients to restrict the consumption of these foods.
This is mostly consumed from table salt so it’s good to avoid foods that have a high amount of salt in them.
When there is too much acid in your urine, it can also lead to the formation of kidney stones. Several kinds of meat can lead to a rise in the levels of uric acid in your body. It also raises the levels of calcium deposits in the urine, which again increases the risk of forming kidney stones.
Being obese increases the chances of the formation of kidney stones in a person’s body. Weight loss surgery is a feasible option for many people to lose weight quickly but there are citations that show that this type of surgery also increases the risk of kidney stones.
Stones are a common kidney problem in people who are suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Family or personal history
If someone from your family has had kidney stones, you’re likely to form stones. If you yourself have had kidney stones before, it takes a lot to make sure that they aren’t formed again.
People living in areas with warmer climates are at a higher risk of forming kidney stones because they tend to lose more water through sweating.
How do I treat kidney stones?
There are several homeopathic medicines that are prescribed for patients who have kidney stones. Some of the commonly prescribed ones are:
Berberis Vulgaris :
Treats symptoms of kidney stones
Treats gravel and acute pain while urinating
Pareira Brava :
Useful in renal colic
Helps in conditions of bloody urine and burning in the renal region.
Apis Melifica :
Useful when stinging and burning sensations are felt in the urine.
Nux Vomica :
Useful for an irritable bladder with a frequent need to urinate
All these medicines in a proportionate measure are used in the production of 2 medicines by ZCare Wellness. Calcolic-Z helps to relieve you of sharp radiating pain in the kidney region, Haematuria, UTI, and other symptoms associated with renal calculi. It is also useful in relieving other types of abdominal colic.
Litho-Z, on the other hand, is useful in dissolving and eradicating existing kidney stones. It also contains medicines that help reduce the tendency to form new stones in the future.
We’ve also written a blog that tells you about the foods you should eat and avoid if you are suffering from kidney stones, so go ahead and read that too!