By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Published July 26, 2019, Last updated August 2, 2019
A common problem that affects the urinary system is kidney stones. The medical name for kidney stones happens to be renal calculi. When we say Kidney stones or renal calculi (गुर्दे की पथरी), it often refers to stones in the urinary system. These are actually hard deposits or minerals that form anywhere in the urinary system ie the kidney or the bladder or the urethra. These form when the urine becomes too concentrated. This could be due to lack of intake of water or due to dehydration. Before we come to the homeopathic medicines for kidney stones, let us understand a little more about kidney stones.
Renal Calculi or Kidney Stones symptoms (गुर्दे की पथरी के लक्षण)
Kidney stones can be quite painful. The pain is usually felt in the lower abdomen or lower back which is the kidney region. In cases where there is some obstruction of the urinary tract, there may be heaviness in the kidney region. There is burning or difficulty while urinating. At times, there is bleeding along with urination. Presence of blood in the urine can cause the colour of urine to become red or pink or brown depending on the quantity of blood. Nausea or vomiting may also be present. Patient feels the urge to urinate every now and then. This happens even when the quantity of urine is less.
What causes Kidney stones or Renal Calculi (गुर्दे की पथरी के कारण)
Why some people are more disposed to the formation of kidney stones is not clearly understood. A few factors have been known to be commonly correlated with the incidence of these. Less intake of water is one of the most common factor. Those people who are not in the habit of drinking enough water or don’t feel thirsty are more likely to develop renal calculi or kidney stones. In such cases, one should drink plenty of water whether one feels thirsty or not.
Also, populations in certain regions or geographical areas are more prone to kidney stones. This may have to do with some content in water or soil which percolates into the water as well as the staple food prevalent in that area.
Natural and non surgical treatment of renal calculi or kidney stones (गुर्दे की पथरी का आपरेशन के बिना इलाज)
In allopathy, there is no known treatment for kidney stones or renal calculi except surgery. On the one hand, getting a surgery involves a lot of emotional and physical suffering. At the same time, it is costly also and sets you back quite a bit. The other disadvantage is that while the stones are removed using the surgical option, there is no way one can be sure that the stones will not form again.
Kidney stone treatment in Homeopathy
In the homeopathic system of medicine, one can easily remove the kidney stones naturally with simple homeopathic medicines. The advantage of homeopathy is that you can avoid surgery and it also cures the tendency of the body to form stones. This means that the chances of the stones being formed again are next to nil. Homeopathy offers the best alternative non-surgical treatment for kidney stones.
5 Best Homeopathic medicines for kidney stones or renal calculi (गुर्दे की पथरी के लिए 5 सबसे उत्तम होम्योपैथिक दवाएँ)
In the homeopathic literature, there are more than a hundred homeopathic remedies which were found to have cured kidney stones. This has been confirmed in the medicinal provings on healthy subjects as well as in clinical trials on patients suffering from renal calculi. While there are many medicines that have the potential to remove the kidney stones or renal calculi, some of the homeopathic remedies are more frequently used.
Here are the 5 best Homeopathic medicines for kidney stones –
Berberis Vulgaris-best homeopathy medicine for left sided kidney stones
Cantharis -best homeopathic medicine for kidney stones with burning in urine
Lycopodium-best homeopathic remedy for right sided kidney stones
Sarsaparilla -best homeopathic medicine for kidney stones with white sand in urine
Benzoic Acid- best homeopathic medicine for renal calculi with strong odor of urine
These homeopathic medicines for kidney stones are very effective in getting these stones out of the system. It does not mean that only these medicines are effective. There are many other medicines that are required as per the symptoms of each individual patient. Here are the indications of these 5 best homeopathic medicines for kidney stones that help in deciding the right medicine for a patient.
1. Berberis Vulgaris mother tincture- One of the best Homeopathic remedies for kidney stones on the left side (बर्बेरिस वल्गैरिस – बाएं गुर्दे की पथरी के लिए उत्तम दवा)
If the kidney stone or renal calculus is on the left side of the body ie left kidney or left ureter, homeopathic medicine Berberis Vulgaris is more than likely to remove the stone. There is sore bruised pain in the kidney region. There may also be numbness or stiffness in the kidney region, more so in the morning. A characteristic sensation is the bubbling sensation that aggravates by stepping or any other movement. The pain extends from the back to the urinary bladder or the urethra.
Note – Avoid self medication with Berberis vulgaris mother tincture (or Berberis Vulgaris Q)
Berberis Vulgaris Q or Berberis Vulgaris mother tincture as well as the potentised form can be used for the treatment of kidney stones. In fact, it has become a part of the common knowledge that the homeopathic medicine berberis vulgaris q cures kidney stones. I have often patients coming to me who start taking Berberis Vulgaris mother tincture on the recommendation of a friend or a colleague. This sort of self medication is not advisable although homeopathic medicines do not have any side effects and are safe. We often use Berberis Vulgaris in the potency form and is equally effective. When to prescribe Berberis Vulgaris mother tincture and when to prescribe it in a potency, one can only learn with experience of dealing with hundreds and hundreds of kidney stone patients.
2. Cantharis- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for kidney stones or renal calculi with burning in urine (कैन्थरिस – पेशाब में जलन के साथ पथरी के लिए उत्तम दवा)
In cases, where there is intense burning in the urethra while passing urine, Cantharis is an excellent homeopathic medicine. Sometimes the pain is cutting in nature. There is intense urging to urinate. Another characteristic symptom of this remedy is the frequent urge to urinate. One feels like passing urine just a few minutes after voiding urine. Only a little urine may pass when one goes to urinate. Sometimes there is difficulty in passing urine and it passes drop by drop. Haemorrhage with urine may also be present.
3. Lycopodium- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for kidney stones or renal calculi in the right kidney (लयकोपोडियम – दाईं किडनी की पथरी के लिए बेहतरीन दवा)
I have had great success in the treatment of right sided kidney stones or renal calculi with Lycopodium. Of course one needs to find other symptoms that match this great deep acting medicine. The characteristic symptom is the presence of red sand in the urine. There is intense pain in the back which gets better after urination. The urge to urinate is more during the night.
Often the pain aggravates during the afternoon or in the evening. Lycopodium is a deep acting homeopathic medicine. It has the power to stop the formation of kidney stones in case the other symptoms of the medicine match with the patient.
4. Sarsaparilla- One of the best Homeopathic remedies for kidney stones with white sand in urine (सार्सापैरिल्ला – सफ़ेद रेत के साथ गुर्दे की पथरी के लिए अच्छी दवा)
While Lycopodium works very well in patients that have red sand in urine, Sarsaparilla is much more suitable for patients that have white sediment in urine. There is intense pain at the end of urination. There is also burning and cutting in the urethra after urination. Urine passes in a stream that is thin and feeble.
5. Benzoic Acid- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for kidney stones with intense odor in urine (बेन्जोइक एसिड – पेशाब में बदबू के साथ पथरी के लिए उत्तम दवा)
In patients where the urine has intense bad odour, homeopathic remedy Benzoic acid is a very useful remedy for kidney stones or renal calculi. The urine is dark brown in colour and is often changeable in colour. The nature of this Homeopathic medicine is such that it is quite suitable for uric acid stones or calculi. It has the potential to not only remove the stones but also control the uric acid levels in the human body. Therefore it has the potential to avoid recurrence of uric acid stones.
FAQs on Homeopathic Treatment for Kidney Stones
Are German homeopathic medicines for kidney stones more effective?
German made homeopathic medicines are no doubt very good in quality. If you are very particular about German medicines and don’t mind spending a little extra, please go ahead and buy those. But this does not mean that medicines manufactured in India are in any way inferior. In fact, most of the biggest German manufacturers have set up factories in India.
How does Berberis Vulgaris benefit for kidney stones ?
Berberis Vulgaris is very effective for kidney stones. It not only breaks the kidney stones, dissolves the stones and pushes them out of the urinary system.
What is the Berberis Vulgaris dosage for kidney stone
The dosage of any medicine in Homeopathy is a fluid concept. It all depends on the patient and the intensity of the problem. One has to tailor the dosage according to the patient.