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- National Institutes of Health: MedlinePlus: Kidney Stones
- National Institutes of Health: Black Tea
- National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: Diet For Kidney Stone Prevention
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How To Treat Kidney Stones Naturally
Kidney stones occur when mineral and salt acids accumulate in your kidneys, causing the development of rock-like deposits typically composed of calcium. Kidney stones vary in size 1. Once discovered, the primary treatment goal is to help you process them and pass them in your urine. If you have kidney stones, there are steps you can take if you prefer a natural method of treatment, but natural treatment methods alone may not fully cure them.
Drink a minimum of six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water to produce urine. Drinking ample water can help you produce urine and help you pass the kidney stones. Drinking water also prevents dehydration. Dehydration can make it extremely difficult to pass the kidney stones. You should attempt to drink water at regular increments throughout the day to promote consistent production of urine. Drinking one glass of water each hour during the day is an easy way to get the minimum recommended daily amount.
Drink a cup of black tea daily. Although scientific evidence is lacking, the National Institutes of Health says that it may be helpful in preventing kidney stones or reducing the risk of their development 12.
Drink orange or lemon juice. The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse states that the citrate in citrus juices helps stops crystals from forming into kidney stones. Because citric acid can cause the development of other symptoms, such as heartburn, some patients may add orange or lemon juice to water to reduce acid levels and prevent dehydration.
Use a heating pad to treat pain associated with passing kidney stones. Your physician may recommend an over-the-counter pain medication. If you prefer a natural treatment method, using a heating pad can help relieve pain near your ribs or abdomen in lieu of taking medication. You may also find relief by applying a warm compress to the affected area. A warm compress can be made by saturating a clean towel with warm water and wringing out the excess water.
Because citric acid can cause the development of other symptoms, such as heartburn, some patients may add orange or lemon juice to water to reduce acid levels and prevent dehydration. The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse states that the citrate in citrus juices helps stops crystals from forming into kidney stones. Dehydration can make it extremely difficult to pass the kidney stones.
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