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April 2016 - Kidney and Bladder Stones

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What are Kidney Stones?

Kidney Stones (medical term: nephrolithiasis) are hard, solid masses of minerals that form in the kidneys. They are formed when urine becomes overly concentrated -- to the point where normal body minerals form crystals and start sticking together. They are normally small, the size of sand grains, but in extreme cases can grow larger and have been known to reach the size of golf balls.

Most kidney stones are made of calcium and are usually caused by diets high in sodium, which causes the kidneys to filter increased amounts of calcium. Other types of kidney stones can be formed as well. The most common non-calcium stones are caused by infections (Sturvite Stones) or from not drinking enough water (Uric Acid Stones.) Some people are also susceptible to a hereditary condition which can cause the kidneys to excrete too much cystine, an amino acid (Cystine Stones.)

Passing stones can be quite painful, but rarely causes permanent damage. However, on rare occasions stones can become lodged somewhere in the urinary tract, and surgery may be needed.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

“A kidney stone may not cause symptoms until it moves around within your kidney or passes into your ureter — the tube connecting the kidney and bladder. At that point, you may experience these signs and symptoms:

  • Severe pain in the side and back, below the ribs
  • Pain that spreads to the lower abdomen and groin
  • Pain that comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity
  • Pain on urination
  • Pink, red or brown urine
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Persistent need to urinate
  • Urinating more often than usual
  • Fever and chills if an infection is present
  • Urinating small amounts of urine”

You should see a doctor should you see blood in your urine, have difficulty passing urine, or have pain with fever, chills, nausea or vomiting.

What are Bladder Stones?

Bladder stones are similar to kidney stones but form in the bladder instead of the kidneys. Like kidney stones, they form when urine concentrates to the point where minerals can form crystals and start sticking together. This is usually caused by any condition which prevents you from completely emptying your bladder, for example an enlarged prostate or nerve damage. Sometimes kidney stones travel to the bladder and if not eliminated properly can grow larger and become bladder stones.

If left untreated bladder stones can cause pain, difficulty urinating, frequent urination, infection and in more extreme cases discolored urine or blood in the urine.

Beneficial Herbs for Kidney and Bladder Stones

  • Pure Herbs’ formula S.D.-R (Stone Dissolver) is a combination product specifically designed to help dissolve and pass kidney and bladder stones. Take 40 to 80 drops hourly, while awake, with a glass of water until dissolved. A slower approach is 80 drops three times per day.
  • Stone Root and Gravel Root have both been used effectively for dissolving and preventing kidney and bladder stones, as well as stone and mineral deposits in other parts of the body. Take 80 drops of either two to three times per day.
  • To reduce swelling and irritation, take 40 drops of Buchu.
  • To coat any stones that move, and to prevent bleeding or irritation, take 40 to 80 drops of Marshmallow Root three times per day. If a stone starts to move, take one tablespoon of the extract immediately to usher the stone out of the urinary tract and to prevent unnecessary suffering.
  • Fluids should be taken to complete the flushing process.
  • To flush out stubborn chemical deposits in the liver, nervous system and fat tissues of the body, do a GALLBLADDER/LIVER FLUSH. By cleaning the gallbladder and liver, a major step is taken to clean out poisons and toxins.
  • In addition to the GALLBLADDER/LIVER FLUSH, rub one Tablespoon of OLIVE OIL into the skin of each inner thigh every day to assist the brain and nervous system. This should be done for at least two months. As a powerful body detergent, take 40 drops of Greasewood two to three times per day.
  • To promote three or more bowel movements per day use a Bowel Maintenance Program. (SEE: Cascara Sagrada, C.C.E.-W, Buckthorn, or Senna.)
  • Black Cohosh or Virginia Snake Root can be taken at the rate of 10 to 40 drops three times per day as a poison antidote. If the person feels better in seconds or minutes after taking this then poisons in the body were neutralized and a poison antidote was necessary.

Most info excerpted with permission from the works of Dr. A.B. Howard. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice by a licensed physician. You should consult a physician regularly in all matters and especially in matters of diagnosis, treatment or cure of diseases or other physical or mental conditions.

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