What Are Kidney Stones?
Rather painful, but all too common, kidney stones can affect anyone at any age. These small stones that are brown or yellow in color appear in the urine or get lodged in the kidney. They vary in sizes, but often resemble grains of sand. They can be single stones or they can be a large group of stones. They are produced when the salt in your urine forms a solid crystal. As they get larger they get wedged in your urethra or bladder, and fresh deposits are produced around them. This blocks the flow of the urine which causes the severe pain that you have when you have a kidney stone.
In fact the pain can be agonizing and can be felt in your back or your side. They are rather easy to diagnose because of the symptoms. The symptoms include the severe pain which may extend to the groin or bladder area, nausea, vomiting, sweating and fever, the urgent need to urinate, blood urine, and the presence of small stones that look like gravel in the urine. It is important to diagnose them as quickly as possible to not only stop the pain but to stop the risk of kidney and urinary tract infections.
There are many causes of kidney stones. It could be that you are not drinking enough fluids, you have too much calcium phosphate, or uric acid in your urine, or even a family history of kidney stones. It also could be a side effect from a medication, or caused by obesity. There are times where there is a set of causes working together to put you more at risk for kidney stones.
Thankfully, there is help for them, although it does depend on the size, and underlying cause of the kidney stones. Usually the smaller ones will eventually pass on their own, while the large ones over 5mm rarely can pass naturally. Smaller stones do not need to be removed and the best way is to let them pass through your urine which they will eventually do. If they are large enough to block the urine flow, or cause infection or bleeding they need to be removed right away. Surgery may be needed for excessively large stones in some cases.
More often then not your kidney stones can be treated with natural medicines that will help discourage the formation of these stones, and can take away the pain and discomfort if you do have one. With herbal medicine, it is a combination of herbal remedies that can help relive you of the kidney stones, allowing the pain to subside quickly so you can get on with your life. Herbs such as Agothosma Butulina, Melissa Officinalis, Avena Sativa, Vaccinium Myrtillus, and Echinacea Angustifolia provide relief of the symptoms when combined by an herbal practitioner. When used with the conventional medicine that will help break up the stones, you can be well on your way to relief. With natural medicine you are sure to do this quicker and with much less pain.