Natural remedies for bladder stones include apple cider vinegar, herbs, and prevention of stone formation in the future. Bladder stones, made up of crystallized minerals in the bladder, can cause pain, bloody or cloudy urine, and difficulty urinating. It is possible to have bladder stones with no symptoms at all.
Are Bladder Stones and Kidney Stones the Same Thing?
Bladder stones and kidney stones are not the same thing. It might seem that bladder stones are kidney stones that have relocated into the bladder. A kidney stone can move on to the bladder, but then it is a kidney stone that is in the bladder. Bladder stones are formed in the bladder, and kidney stones are formed in the kidney. Each type of stone may have some of the same minerals in them.
The causes of these two different types of stones are usually not the same. Bladder stones are usually caused by insufficient emptying of the bladder due to a primary health condition. Kidney stones are usually caused by mineral imbalances. Both types of stones can be caused by insufficient water intake and nutritional deficiencies. Both types of stones can also benefit from some of the same treatments.
What Causes Bladder Stones?
It is easier for bladder stones to form in the bladder under certain conditions. Men with prostrate enlargement can have difficulty emptying their bladders completely. Concentrated urine in the bladder, resulting from this problem, is a breeding ground for bladder stones. If you have nerve problems that affects your bladder (neurogenic bladder) then you may be at risk for bladder stones. Nerve disorders like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord injuries can make it difficult to completely empty the bladder, and increase the likelihood of stone formation in the bladder.
Home Treatments for Bladder Stones
Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
Lemon Juice and Olive oil can be taken together to cure bladder stones. 2 ounces of fresh lemon juice and 2 ounces of a quality olive oil are blended together. You can add a dash of salt to improve the flavor. You will notice that this concoction sounds like a salad dressing recipe, and indeed, it tastes like salad dressing. This remedy should be used 2-3 times a day on an empty stomach. Always follow this mixture with a full glass of water. It can take a few days for the stone to pass.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, consumed in water daily, can help dissolve stones over time.
Chanca Piedra is an herb that is also called, “Stone Breaker” for good reason. Chanca Piedra, taken in capsule, tincture or tea form has helped many people to dissolve a variety of types of stones naturally.
Bladder Stone Prevention
It is important to deal with the cause of bladder stones to prevent them in the future. Even if the cause of your bladder stones is a chronic disease (like Parkinson’s or a stroke) you can do several things to try to prevent stones from forming in the future.
Stay well hydrated with quality liquids. Most people know that they should be drinking a lot of water each day; few people do this. Reduce your coffee intake. Limit consumption of sodas and energy drinks. Herbal tea is a good option if you like your fluids to have a taste. You can also add a squeeze of fresh lemon to your glass of water to improve its taste. The lemon has health benefits as well. Fresh fruits will also help with your liquid intake. Watermelon is especially hydrating and good for the bladder. (Including the seeds – you can slowly chew them and eat them when you are enjoying your watermelon.)
A tablespoon of raw and organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of cranberry juice (without artificial sweeteners!) each day is a great drink for your bladder.
If an enlarged prostrate, Parkinson’s disease or a stroke have caused your bladder stones, please read our pages with remedies for these problems to help prevent bladder stones in the future and improve your overall health.
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