Introduction to Kidney Stones
Kidney stones or Renal calculi, are solid pieces of material that forms in the kidney out of substances in the urine. They are composed mostly of calcium oxalate. A stone may stay in the kidney or break loose and travel down the urinary tract. It is a painful condition.
Different types of kidney stones occur in different parts of the world, and dietary factors probably play a part in determining the varying patterns. There are four major types of kidney stones. The most common type of stone contains calcium. A struvite stone may form after an infection in the urinary system. These stones contain the mineral magnesium and the waste product ammonia. A uric acid stone may form when there is too much acid in the urine. If you tend to form uric acid stones, you may need to cut back on the amount of meat you eat. Cystine stones are rare. Cystine is one of the building blocks that make up muscles, nerves, and other parts of the body. Cystine can build up in the urine to form a stone. The disease that causes cystine stones runs in families.
Signs of Kidney Stones
The most common complaint arising from kidney stone (Renal Calculus; Plural – Calculi) is intermittent dull pain in the loin or back, increased by movement. Sometimes this pain is very severe. Following may be the other complaints:
Extreme pain in back or side
Blood in urine
Fever and chills
A burning feeling when you urinate
Types of stones
1 Calcium oxalate stones
2 Phosphate stones
3 Uric acid stones
4 Cystine stones
5 Xanthine and indigo stones
Mainly following investigations are important
Blood uria and creatinine
Plain X-ray KUB
Intra venous pylography
Urine for culture and sensitivity
Treatment of kidney stones
Drink large quantity of water
Pass urine whenever urge
Homeopathic treatment of kidney stone – Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat kidney stone but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for kidney stone treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensation and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important remedies are given below for the treatment of kidney stones:
Berberis Vulgaris, Ocimum Can, Lycopodium, China Sulph, Sarsaparilla, Pareira B, Calcaria Carb, Urtica Urens, Natrum Phos, Terebinthina, Belladonna, Dioscorea, Cantharis, Millefolium, causticum and many other medicines.
Allopathic treatment of kidney stones – mainly include intravenous hydration followed by frusemide may help in small stone to pass spontaneously. Surgery is also helpful in case of kidney stone.