Your kidneys, a pair of bean-shaped organs, work hard to filter blood and remove waste products. A sedentary lifestyle, a diet high in sugar and sodium, insufficient fluid intake and obesity can compromise your kidneys' ability to do their job, and even contribute to the formation of kidney stones, or renal lithiasis--small deposits of crystallized urine. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website, between 240,000 and 720,000 Americans experience kidney stones every year. Many people are turning to ayurvedic healing techniques to cleanse their kidneys and promote health. Ayurvedic healing is a complementary technique and is not intended to replace medical treatment.
Begin the Purva Karma, or mental and physical preparation, stage three weeks before you intend to cleanse by banishing all stimulants--such as coffee, tea, and caffeine-containing drinks--from your diet. Also cut out sugar and dairy products.
Continue the Purva Karma phase by switching to a diet of mostly whole grains and vegetables in the week before the cleanse. Eating liberal quantities of khichdi--a dish made of brown rice, beans, vegetables, and spices--is a good way to get a full helping of these healthful ingredients.
Complete the Purva Karma stage by finding a safe, natural area close to your home in which you feel particularly serene, and taking long walks there. A woods, field, riverbank or beach are all ideal; if you live in an urban area, a green and peaceful city park can work just as well. In addition to walking, practice deep breathing and meditation in your relaxing location.
Place 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of fresh, chopped parseley in a pot, put the lid on, and heat to almost boiling. Let the mixture sit for five minutes, then strain it and drink it when it is cool. Use this parsley tonic the day before you begin your cleanse. According to the Just Cleansing website, parsley detoxifies the kidneys and is beneficial in treating an preventing kidney stones
Begin your kidney cleanse by mixing 4 stalks of celery, 3 springs of parsley, a cucumber, half a lemon, and 2 cups of water in a blender. Drink the cleansing mixture. For the remainder of the day, drink large quantities of distilled water and apple juice, separately or mixed together. You should strive to drink a gallon each of the water and apple juice.
Repeat the procedure over the next two days, making and drinking the kidney cleansing mixture and drinking up to a gallon of a day of distilled water and apple juice. The water will help flush toxins from your kidneys, and the apple juice will help to energize you. The kidney cleanse is meant to be a three-day fast for optimum effect, but if you get too hungry or weak, you may eat a light meal of khichdi or fresh fruit.
Take vitamin and mineral supplements each day of your cleanse, as well as one 100-mg. grapefruit seed extract capsule daily. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website, grapefruit seed extract has antibacterial properties which promote kidney health.
Make a buchu tea by pouring a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoonfuls of buchu leaves and letting it infuse for 10 minutes. Drink this tea the day after you have finished the three-day cleanse. According to the Herbs 2000 website, the ayurvedic herb buchu is rich in flavonoids, and has been used for centuries by the native peoples of South Africa to treat urinary problems.
Begin the rejuvenation phase of your cleanse on the fourth day by eating a whole grains and vegetables diet for at least a week. Continue the beneficial practices of meditating, walking and deep breathing.
Repeat the ayurvedic kidney cleanse at least once a year to assist in healthy kidney function.
As the cleanse progresses, you can begin checking for kidney stones in your urine with an ordinary tea strainer. According to the Just Cleansing website, you may pass stones; even if you don't, the kidney cleanse may prevent them from developing
If you are experiencing symptoms of a kidney stone, such as lower back pain, visit your doctor to rule out other potential health risks.
Never begin an herbal or supplementary regimen without first consulting your physician; herbs and supplements can have side effects and interfere with prescription medications. To learn about the side effects of herbs and supplements, visit the National Library of Medicine.