Supportive therapy for kidney stones involves measures to help manage pain, promote stone passage, and prevent further stone formation. While medical treatments are often the primary approach, some alternative remedies may be considered under the guidance of a healthcare professional. It’s important to note that these alternatives are not substitutes for medical advice or treatments. Always consult a doctor before trying any alternative remedies. Here’s an overview of both medical and alternative options:
Medical Supportive Therapy:
1. Pain Management: Kidney stones can cause intense pain as they move through the urinary tract. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can provide temporary relief. In severe cases, stronger prescription pain medications may be necessary. In alternative treatment remedies like Solidago virgaurea is helpful for painful urination and urine thick with stones. Berberis Vulgaris mitigates the piercing pain of moving renal calculi
2. Hydration: Drinking plenty of water is crucial for promoting stone passage. Adequate hydration helps flush out the urinary system and can aid in pushing small stones out. People who have had a kidney stone should drink at least 2 liters (8 cups) and ideally 3 liters (12 cups) of water per day. When it’s hot outside or if you work in a hot environment, you should drink even more water because the more you sweat, the less urine you produce
3. Medical Expulsion Therapy: Certain medications, like alpha blockers, can help relax the muscles in the ureter, making it easier for the stone to pass. This approach is typically recommended for larger stones. The alpha blocker tamsulosin (Flomax) can be used to improve clearance of stones larger than 5 mm, shorten expulsion times, and reduce hospitalization. However it may be noted that a study found an association between use of ABs and a higher risk for adverse kidney outcomes, including kidney disease progression
4. Surgical Interventions: In some cases, stones may be too large or causing severe obstruction. Surgical procedures like extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), ureteroscopy, or percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) may be required to remove or break down the stones.
Alternative Supportive Therapies:
1. Homeo-Herbal Remedies: Some herbs and herbal supplements have been suggested to support kidney health and stone passage. Examples include chanca piedra (Phyllanthus niruri), dandelion root, and nettle leaf. These herbs are believed to have diuretic properties that may aid in stone elimination. on the other hand Homeopathic herbs such as Apis, Berberis and Solidago contained in ADEL 22 drops have a specific affinity for the kidney cells and therefore help stimulate proper function and excretion of harmful toxins.
2. Lemon Juice: Lemon juice contains citric acid, which can help prevent the formation of certain types of kidney stones by increasing urine citrate levels. Adding a small amount of lemon juice to water may provide some benefit, but it’s important to consult a healthcare provider before making significant dietary changes.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar: Some people use apple cider vinegar as a remedy for dissolving kidney stones. However, there’s limited scientific evidence to support its effectiveness, and its acidic nature could potentially worsen certain conditions.
4. Hydration with Herbal Teas: Herbal teas like chamomile, dandelion, and nettle may provide both hydration and potential diuretic effects. Be cautious with teas that have diuretic properties, as excessive fluid loss can lead to dehydration.
5. Dietary Changes: Avoiding foods high in oxalates (such as spinach, rhubarb, and chocolate) and reducing sodium intake may help prevent certain types of kidney stones. Consult a healthcare professional or dietitian before making significant changes to your diet.
6. Acupuncture: Some people consider acupuncture to help manage pain associated with kidney stones. Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, and while it may provide pain relief, its efficacy varies from person to person.
It’s important to remember that alternative remedies for kidney stones are not extensively studied and may not work for everyone. Kidney stones can have serious complications, so always consult a healthcare provider before trying any alternative approach. They can help you make informed decisions based on your individual health condition and needs.