(See: Nephritis)Kidney stones are formations of phosphate and calcium oxalate or of uric acid crystals and are of various sizes. They are located in the inner ducts of the kidney as stones, able to stay there for a long period of time. When these stones become detached and obstruct the urinary tract in the urethra, they cause intense pain.
While the stones remain in the kidney they cause no discomfort. The problem arises when these calculi or tiny sharp stones descend through the urethra from the kidneys into the bladder. They injure the urethra and block the urine from going down to the bladder. This causes intense pain that begins to manifest itself in the back (waist) and then extends around toward the abdomen and genital area. A burning sensation if present upon urinating and in some occasions blood.
Causes: kidney stones are formed due to the excess amount of mineral salts in the water one drinks (water pollution), a bad diet as well as the excessive consumption of carbonated beverages and some other alkaline substances. Uric acid crystals are also formed due to the high intake of red meats and other foods containing the acid.
Water! Water! Water! The Canadian Medical Association Journal, January 15, 1992, states that the most important thing that a person with a tendency to have kidney stones should do is drink a great deal of water. Drinking large quantities of water prohibits a concentration of salt to build up.
If this salt is continuously dissolved because of the large amount of water that passes through the kidney, the formation of stones of any type will not be allowed whether oxalate, uric acid or calcium. The “New England Journal of Medicine”, October 15 1992, states the same thing.
Drink large quantities of water (8 to 10 glasses of pure water per day) with cranberry. Cranberry acidifies urine and stops bacteria formation in the urinary tract. It also helps dissolve stones of calcium oxalate which are present in 80% of cases. In this way, it prevents complications that occur when stones exist. Kidney stones scratch the urethra and the kidney ducts making them highly susceptible to an infection. With the presence of urine there may be infections in the wounds. Drinking a lot of liquids will help expel the tiny stones toward the bladder.
Following is recommended–
- Taking vitamin-C will also help restore the urine’s acidity and prevent the formation of bacteria.
- Vitamin B6 helps control the production of calcium oxalate. It also detoxifies. This vitamin is found in wheat germ and whole wheat cereal.
- Dr. AC Buck reports that he found that Eskimos consume a lot of polyunsaturated oils, like fish oil Omega-3, which helps prevent the formation of kidney stones.
- To relieve pain and help get rid of the kidney stones it is recommended to take baths up to the waist (10 min.) with cold and warm water alternating baths in waist deep water when the symptoms begin (cramps). This is done to reduce the abdominal swelling and relax the urinary tract.
- When one has kidney stones and cramps occur periodically, it means that, little by little, pieces of the stored stone in the kidney are detached. The pain is present when the stones are moving through the urinary tract, not when they are stationary.
- In order to dissolve the stone, cranberry is recommended.
- If the pain is very intense, you may also take an analg