varieties of kidney
stones include those made up of cystine, struvite (magnesium,
ammonium and phosphate), calcium phosphate, uric acid, etc.
Kidney stones are one of the most painful of the urologic disorders. Men
tend to be affected more frequently than women.
Causes of Kidney
Certain foods may promote stone formation in people who are susceptible.
This stone formation is enhanced when there is increased intake of
calcium, calcium oxalate, uric acid or salt in our diet, with an
inadequate intake of fluids. A positive family history (genetic
tendency) also makes a person prone to kidney stone formation.Certain
foods that increase the risk for kidney stone formation in susceptible
Spinach, rhubarb, chocolate, peanuts, cocoa, beet, coffee, cola, nuts,
strawberries, tomato juice, grapefruit juice, apple juice, soda (acidic
and contains phosphorus), all types of tea, and berries.
Symptoms of Kidney
Kidney stones can remain asymptomatic until they obstruct
the flow of urine. When obstruction to the flow of urine
occurs at some point of time, the patient starts
experiencing acute symptoms. Patient usually presents with
the most agonizing pain in the lower back just below the
ribs, which often extends into the groin area (described as
loin to groin radiation of pain). The patient may also
experience nausea, vomiting, blood in the urine (haematuria),
restlessness and fever (if infection is present).
Stones less than 5 mm in size usually pass out
spontaneously; however the majority of stones greater than 6
mm require some form of intervention, especially so if the
stone is stuck causing persistent obstruction and/or
infection of the urinary tract.
Suggestion about homoeopathic treatment:
When the stone size is small, homoeopathy is likely to help
in the passage of stone as well as in relieving the
agonizing pain caused by the same. If the stone size is
larger, or the stone is impacted, or there are multiple
stones, then the patient is better treated surgically.
However, even after surgical removal of stones, homoeopathy
still has a role to play in preventing its recurrence (as
the chance of having recurring stones are about 70-80%).