(A) Symptoms of Kidney Stones:-
The signs and symptoms of kidney stones depend on the size of the stone. Small kidney stones (<5mm) pass in the urine without causing pain or any other symptom. Bigger stones (>6mm) tend to obstruct the flow of urine and cause symptoms. When obstruction to the flow of urine occurs, it causes agonizing pain in the lower back. The pain may extend to the groin area (described as ‘loin to groin’ radiation of pain). Other symptoms which may develop include nausea, vomiting, blood in the urine (hematuria), restlessness and fever (in case if the infection is present).
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(B) Kidney Stones Treatment with Ayurveda:-
The popularity of Ayurveda for the treatment of kidney stones is increasing nowadays as more and more people prefer natural treatment to avoid the side effects associated with prescription drugs and medicines. Some of the ayurvedic remedies that are useful for the treatment kidney stones are listed below.
(C) Gokshura Kada:- 15 ml of this liquid, mixed with equal amount of water, taken three times a day is helpful for urination and in relieving the burning urination sensations which are common complaints of people with kidney stones. Another ayurvedic medicine, Chander Prabha Vati is useful for the treatment of the burning sensation while urination.
Ayurvedic medications such as ber Patthar bhasma or patherina (as tablets) can cure kidney stones. Other ayurvedic medicines useful for the treatment of kidney stones are cystine tablets (1 to 2 tablets twice daily for 6 to 8 weeks) and century tablets (1 to 2 tablets twice or thrice daily for 6 to 8 weeks).
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(D) Home Remedies for Kidney Stones:-
♦ A few home remedies coupled with ayurvedic remedies are useful for kidney stones.
♦ Drink plenty of water or fluids (at least three liters of water every day) because water helps to flush the stone.
♦ Drink coconut water and barley water regularly. These are helpful in relieving the burning sensation while urinating.
♦ Onion decoction prepared by adding water to the onion bulbs with sugar is also useful.
♦ Ayurvedic treatment recommends avoidance of red chili pepper, spices, and milk products for patients suffering from kidney stones.
♦ Some food items which help prevent kidney stones are red kidney pulse or rajma daal, basil leaves, and celery.
♦ Have fruits such as fresh ripe apples, watermelon, pomegranate, and grapes are beneficial for people with kidney stones.