How to Treat and Prevent Kidney Stones

Aug 17, 2016
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Kidney stones are little pebbles that form from dietary minerals in urine, and if you’ve never experienced them, count yourself lucky, some women say the pain is worse than giving birth! Of course, this may just be the universe’s way of evening things out seeing as how 80% of kidney stone sufferers are men.

Treating Kidney Stones

Kidney stones that do not pass on their own are commonly treated with lithotripsy, a method of using shockwaves to break up stones so that the smaller pieces can be excreted in the urine. This is effective, but can also be expensive. Luckily, there’s a little-known plant extract that accomplishes the same thing.

Chanca piedra (Phyllanthus niruri) is a plant used in Brazilian folk medicine for the treatment of kidney stones. Chanca piedra literally means “stone breaker” and has been used for generations by the indigenous people of Brazil to eliminate both gall and kidney stones. It is also used for the treatment of kidney stones by Indian Ayurvedic practitioners.

A German physician, Dr. Wolfram Wiemann, treated over one hundred patients suffering from kidney stones with chanca piedra and achieved a 94% success rate within one to two weeks of use. [1]

While it’s not entirely clear exactly how chanca piedra works, it does work rather quickly – within a day or two in some cases. Research shows it to be a liver protectant, antilithic (helps prevent the formation of stones), analgesic (pain killer), hypotensive (blood pressure reducing), antispasmodic (relaxes smooth muscle tissue), antiviral, antibacterial, diuretic, anti-uricemic (lowers uric acid), antimutagenic, and provides hypoglycemic activity (high blood sugar promotes kidney stones). [2], [3], [4]

That’s a long list, but the important takeaway is that many of these actions promote the painless excretion of kidney stones.

If you are suffering from kidney stones, take Chanca piedra daily. Results may be quick but allow up to a few weeks for full effect. (Link)

Preventing Kidney Stones

The conventional focus of treatment is on the resulting stones, but little is discussed about prevention. Usually it will be pointed out that risk factors promoting the formation of stones are low daily urine volume, high calcium phosphate in urine and/or high oxalates, and high uric acid content. So drink lots of water, and good luck!

This overlooks a basic mineral that can prevent the problem in the first place – magnesium. Kidney stones are typically composed of calcium oxalate or calcium phosphate, which magnesium will diffuse before it forms into stones!

In a Harvard study, patients who had regularly produced calcium oxalate kidney stones over the past two years were given 200 mg per day of Magnesium Oxide and 10 mg of vitamin B6 for extended periods of time.

Of these patients, 30 of the 36 continued dosing for 5 years or more, showing either no recurrence or decreased recurrence of stone formation. The rate of success was 92.5% being free of stones. [5] Another 50 patients dropped out of the study after 1-3 years, mostly because of their having no further problems with kidney stones.

Note that the type of magnesium used in the study is considerably less absorbable than forms such as magnesium citrate and glycinate forms. This is a good magnesium citrate product. Link:

B6 Also Helps

Make certain to take B6 as well, if not the entire B-complex. Research has shown that a prolonged vitamin B6 deficient diet can contribute to the formation and deposition of calcium phosphate and oxalate crystals. [6]

In a study of 85,557 women with no history of kidney stones, a total of 1,078 incident cases of kidney stones were documented during a 14-year follow-up period. A high intake of vitamin B6 from both food and supplements was inversely associated with risk of stone formation. [7]

Look for a good B-complex product that provides at least 80 milligrams of B6 per serving.

Other Types of Kidney Stones

While the majority of kidney stones are composed of calcium oxalate or calcium phosphate, other cases arise from elevated levels of uric acid. [8]

The difference between these stones and the more common ones is usually apparent because those with uric acid and struvite stones almost always have impaired kidney function, which manifests itself in chronic kidney disease or diabetes, and is usually brought to the patient’s attention by their doctor. [9]

In these cases, taking celery seed extract is advisable. Celery seed extract lowers uric acid, relaxes smooth muscle, and helps to relieve pain. There is no official research conducted on celery seed extract for this purpose, however it has been traditionally used for the treatment of gout (a uric acid problem) and kidney stones. This is a good celery seed extract that can be used for both the treatment and prevention of uric acid and struvite stones. Link:

Also ensure that you’re also getting plenty of vitamin A in either the retinol or retinyl palmitate form (not beta carotene). The average level of vitamin A is significantly lower in idiopathic (unknown cause) kidney stone sufferers. [10]

It is recommended to take 10,000 IU per day of the proper form of vitamin A. Link:

Treatment for Acute Kidney Stone Pain

If the pain is too great for home-based treatment, you can contact a physician oriented in natural medicine who can administer an intravenous magnesium push, which should provide near immediate relief.


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