Herbs that are used for kidney stones are usually of two different classes – lithotriptics and demulcents. Lithotriptic herbs help to dissolve stones from the urinary system. Demulcents are herbs that protect tissue (the bladder and urethra in the case of kidney stones.) They become slippery in water, which makes stone evacuation more comfortable.
- Gravel Root
- Horsetail (Shavegrass)
- Uva Ursi
- Juniper Berry
- Aloe Vera
- Licorice Root
- Slippery Elm
Some herbs function as both lithotriptics and demulcents.
Chanca Piedra, also known as stone breaker, is a popular enough remedy that it is in a class by itself for kidney stones!
Herbs can be taken as teas, powdered and encapsulated, or as a tincture. Some herbs are easy to take powdered and mixed into yogurt, applesauce or honey.
Herbs are usually taken several times a day. It can take days or weeks for stones to resolve with herbs, but they are generally a gentle solution. Sometimes pain relief will come quite quickly.
Some herbs are not suitable for pregnancy and breastfeeding; a woman who is pregnant or lactating should be working with a qualified health professional if kidney stones are a problem during these seasons of life. Midwives skilled in herbs should be able to counsel about the suitability of a particular herb for a pregnant or nursing woman.
Herbs should be used with plenty of water, proper rest and a light but nutritious diet. They can be used in conjunction with other remedies like olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
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