Stones in kidneys are formed because of crystallization of minerals and waste materials in urine. The stone can be in the size of a pinhead and it can be so small that it can pass away through urine, even without the individual noticing it. Even, it can be large up to the size of a grapefruit. When this happens, the stone might obstruct the urinary path, thereby causing pain and bleeding. In ayurveda, this condition is referred to as vrukka ashmari, wherein vrukka means kidney and ashmari means stones.
What causes kidney stones?
Ayurvedic experts state the following reasons for formation of stones in kidneys:
• Sedentary lifestyle combined with inappropriate diet.
• Working continuously for longer hours under direct sunlight
• Engaging in excessive physical activity
• Excessive drinking of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages
• Taking sweet, oily, heavy and indigestible foods on a regular basis, without consumption of fruits and vegetables
• Drinking little water
• Diet rich in poultry, fish and meat supplies
• Suppressing the urge to pass urine or stools can also cause kidney stones.
Patients with urinary stones may experience the following symptoms:
• Burning sensation when urinating
• Increase in the frequency or urination or urgency in urination
• Bleeding in urinary tract
• Sudden increase in body temperature or chills then and there
• Acute pain that radiates towards the urethra
• Nausea and vomiting
Ayurveda states that inappropriate lifestyle and diet can lead to aggravation of all three doshas and it can also impair the digestive fire, which in turn can increase the toxin level in the body. These toxins generally travel down the channels along with urine, wherein increased dosha levels combine with it, thereby causing crystallization and stone formation. In the case of patients with acute condition, the ayurvedic treatment will involve use of herbs with diuretic properties for improving the output of urine. Then, the system is cleaned and strengthened with the help of herbs with rejuvenating and toning properties. Also, the health care providers follow panchakarma therapy as the means of effective cleansing of internal organs, such that patients can regain strength.
Diet and lifestyle advice from ayurvedic experts:
Ayurvedic practitioners, suggest the following diet and lifestyle changes for patients with stones in their kidneys:
• It is important to avoid suppressing the urge to urinate or defecate
• Increasing the intake of brown or par boiled rice, ginger, horse gram and barley in the diet can help
• It is important the patient should drink plenty of water, particularly when he/she works outdoors continuously
• Not only water intake, but also intake of other liquids like juices, lime water and soup can also help.
• It is better to keep away from dry, heavy and sour foods
• It is important to avoid eatables like chocolates, spinach, meat, poultry, fish, pickles, cold drinks, alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
Herbs that can help:
• Thatch grass
• Horse Gram
• Radish seeds
• Kidney beans
• Basil leaves