10 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones

Lemon Juice for Kidney Stones

The kidneys are one of the most important organs in the human body. The kidneys help to detox and filter impurities from the blood, as well as waste products from your urine. Kidney stones form when the kidneys are not able to process toxins efficiently. Specifically, a crystallization of unprocessed minerals builds up. Kidney stones cause pain and possible blockage of urine flow.

The following are some simple natural remedies that may help soothe the discomfort of kidney stones and speed up the body’s natural healing process.

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1. Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

This is one of my favorites and easily one of the most effective remedies for kidney stones and the pain they cause. At the first symptom of stone pain, mix 2 oz of organic olive oil with 2 oz of organic lemon juice.

Drink it straight and follow with a 12 ounce glass of purified water. Wait 30 minutes. Then, squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into 12 ounces of purified water, add 1 tablespoon of organic raw apple cider vinegar and drink. Repeat the lemon juice, water and apple cider vinegar recipe every hour until symptoms improve.

2. Uva Ursi

Uva Ursi is a common folk remedy for kidney stones. Not only will it help fight off infection in the kidneys, but it may also help reduce pain and cleanse the urinary tract. 500mg three times a day is recommended for kidney stones.

3. Dandelion Root

Organic dandelion root is a great kidney tonic and cleanser. Taking up to 500 mg twice a day may be beneficial.

4. Kidney Beans

Kidney Beans for Kidney Stones

The shape of this bean may be indicative of its healing potential. An effective urinary home remedy for kidney stones, traditionally the pods were used as a medicinal tonic.

Try removing the beans from inside the pods, and then boil the pods in purified hot water for six hours. This liquid can be strained through cheese cloth, cooled and taken throughout the day for one day to ease kidney stone pain.

5. Horsetail

Horsetail tea is an effective natural remedy for kidney stones. Drink up to 3-4 cups of horsetail tea daily or 2 grams of the herb in capsule form daily.

6. Pomegranate Juice

We’ve all heard that pomegranates have many health benefits. But, more specifically, the seeds and juice of pomegranates can be considered another natural remedy for kidney stones. This may be related to their sourness and astringent properties. I prefer eating organic pomegranates and drinking freshly-squeezed pomegranate juice.

7. Magnesium

Studies show that people with recurrent kidney stones who took magnesium supplements had a 92.3 percent improvement rate in reduction of kidney stones. 300 mg of magnesium orotate is recommended daily for prevention and reduction of stones.

8. Organic Celery

Celery for Kidney Stones

Celery in vegetable form and celery seed are great urine-promoters and kidney tonics. Regular use of celery seed, as a spice or as a tea, may prevent kidney stone formation.

9. Basil

A kidney tonifier, basil tea can be taken throughout the day for overall kidney health. If you have kidney stones, try taking one teaspoon each of basil juice with raw honey daily for up to six months. It’s believed that folk remedies with pure basil juice can help induce stone expulsion from the urinary tract.

10. Change in Diet

Unhealthy food intake is a primary cause of kidney stones. Cut down on the amount of soda and energy drinks you consume. Avoid processed foods and alcoholic beverages. Add more fruits and veggies to your diet, especially those listed above.

11. Bonus! Inversion Table

It sounds odd, but some research suggests using an inversion table can help pass stone fragments after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, in short, is when a targeted shock wave is sent through the body to break up stones. It seems that inversion therapy helps the body push out the stones.

I also recommend reading the book “The Green Body Cleanse” to learn how to avoid kidney stone forming foods and beverages.

Remember that the remedies listed above are not intended to replace medical care. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain from kidney stones, see your doctor immediately. For optimal health, I recommend performing a colon cleanse, liver and gallbladder cleanse, chemical and heavy metal cleanse and even a harmful organism cleanse at least 1-2 times a year.

Do you have a favorite kidney stone remedy I missed? If so, please leave a comment below.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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  • cooldoc

    Here is one of the excellent herbal therapy, which I came to know from an traditional herbal medicine guy. Take a root of Papaya plant. Wash it clean and soak it overnight in water. Than crush the root in a grinder and drink the juice. Do it for a weak and watch the stones disappear. I did my MD from India in orthopedics. Had a renal stone about 1.5 cm in size. Did this and surprisingly the stones disappeared after a week. Then I tried this on nearly 40 patients while doing general practice in addition to ortho and out of them it worked in 38 patients.

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  • Mike

    Far from accurate! People are inherently different in that some need to be more acidic and some more alkaline. To make a blanket statement like, “Alkaline the body and you will rid all disease” is irresponsible. You need to find what is right for YOUR body.
    Some of the remedies mentioned are to introduce acids to break up the stones. The formation of kidney stones are the direct result of the wrong diet for that individual and or poor gut function to break down nutrients properly.

  • Dave

    ALWAYS drink distilled water! The minerals in tap water are not in the form your body can use. You get your minerals primarily from plant foods. The minerals in tap water are the source for the formation of stones. Most stones are calcium based… and the calcium source for these stones is mineralized water.

    Distilled water is a solvent. It is only H2O, and hence, on a molecular level it is always trying to attach to other elements. That is what you want running through your body, a natural, harmless source of cleanser that helps remove lose, harmful elements out of your body.

    I’ve been a sufferer of kidney stones for 20 years… but my issues have vanished after a couple of years on distilled water.

  • ROhit Afghan

    thank you SO much

  • anne

    The stent does not aide the passing of the stone it only aides passing of the urine — the stents are much smaller in diameter than the stones… 1.3-6mm vs your 14mm stone which will require some method of breaking it up – by sound waves or laser… I’ve got a 9mm I’m waiting on an appt. to determine what to do about it…
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  • Guy

    Take a flomax and drink some coffee, worked for me, in about 4hrs it poped out, flomax suposedly relaxes your tubes and i think the coffee just makes ya need to pee, gl hf

  • Cindy

    Thank you so much for having this kidney stone info on your website. We tried your #1 remedy with lemon juice, etc. And my husband is now a true believer! Any info on tinnitus… I am so battling this crazy thing. Thank you so much again!

  • ghc_health

    Hey Cindy, thanks for the feedback. I’m glad your husband had success with the lemon juice remedy! Tinnitus can be miserable and hard to deal with. Do you know what caused yours?

  • jumbybird

    What nonsense!

  • jumbybird

    Oh thanks a lot for removing my comment, I suspect because I pointed out the lies in the above article… go ahead and keep fooling these people!

  • jumbybird

    I’ll just address the first one. You need a lot more (probably gallons) of acid to lower your body’s pH enough that it will dissolve the stone but you’ll be dead a lot longer than that, because you cellular functions cannot tolerate much fluctuation in your pH. Second, there is no direct connect between your intestinal tract and your kidneys or urinary tract… so there is no way olive oil will lubricate the stone out. Most likely you will get diarrhea.

  • jumbybird

    I’ll just address the first one. You need a lot more (probably gallons) of acid to lower your body’s pH enough that it will dissolve the stone but you’ll be dead a lot longer than that, because you cellular functions cannot tolerate much fluctuation in your pH. Second, there is no direct connect between your intestinal tract and your kidneys or urinary tract… so there is no way olive oil will lubricate the stone out. Most likely you will get diarrhea.

  • ghc_health

    Thank you for reposting your comment without unnecessary insults.

  • Connie

    You are wrong! I have Meduallary sponge kidney and I have had over 70 stones. I don’t let myself get dehydrted, I don’t have gout. I dont have uric acid problems. No kidney failure and I hardly ever drink alcohol…..better do some more studying

  • cranberry juice

    Drink cranberry juice and lots of clean cool water .

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  • ASNMINER

    Upon learning about my kidney stone(S) I was already looking for remedies– this has to be the first time I hear of this treatment!!– I first started off with (3) stones, (1) on my right side at a whopping [ 22mm ] and (2) on my left, [ 18mm ] & [ 8mm ]. My Urologist prescribed me Sodium Bicarb 650mg, 2 tabs 3 times daily, he prompt me to drink lots and lots of water, and to change my diet. Well, its not rocket science to say it DIDN’T HELP when I now have ((8)) stones in total and have done absolutely EVERYTHING this dr. has told me to do. I am for sure, going to try these remedies.. and pray to God (([[something]])) works. Wish me luck :(

  • Anna

    How about cranberry juice or cranberry sauce? Does that help in getting rid of or preventing kidney stones? Thanks!! Your article has been most helpful!!

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Opinions are mixed… some sources say yes. Some say that cranberry contains calcium and can actually contribute to their formation.

  • fairhurst

    just want to say that i drink apple cider vinegar in water at the 1st sign of a kidney stone–i have had them for more than 16 years so know what to look for. they dissolve fairly quickly which is amazing after enduring years of lithotripsy, surgery, pain pills, etc. i drink a little ACV in water almost every day, but at the 1st sign of kidney pain, ramp it up a lot, and don’t even have a trip to the doctor much less the hospital. ACV is wonderful, but nasty, stuff.

  • Lizz

    Thank you for these helpful natural remedies. Chanca Piedra is (an herbal supplement) that has been helpful in managing my kidney stone issues.

  • Annalyn

    Hi!my mother inlaw has transparent cyst and scattered into her liver..what is best remedies and detoxification on her case. And the food that she can eat everyday..looking forward for you responce..thanks

  • Annalyn

    She is suffering now on her tranparent cyst..i do hope i can have the best advice for her health..thank you so much

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  • Michael Poore

    You need to see another Doctor. To leave stones that large, untreated in your ureter, is irresponsible to say the least. That could lead to kidney damage, and even failure. ESWL (lithotripsy) is the best option. Make sure to save any stone fragments that you pass to be sent off to a lab for pathology. This can better tell you what the stones are made of. The olive oil remedy is a hoax and will only give you loose bowel movements. It doesn’t lubricate any of the urinary tract. Alkaline water, Apple Cider VInegar and lemon juice at every turn has reduced my recurrence to about once a year. That beats the monthly ER visits from the last 30 years!

  • Michael Poore

    Cranberry SAUCE is high fructose corn syrup and some fruit, and the only time I use that is at Thanksgiving. . That’s all. Cranberry juice, has many disguises. It can be 100 percent juice and only a fraction of that be actual cranberry. Read the label. The ingredients appear in order of dominance in the container. Most 100% juices are apple, grape and then the others. Go to the gourmet section, or the Health Food Store for pure cranberry. But that is not guarantee of stone resolution. Either by dissolving or by helping pass. Cran juice will help natural bacteria in the urinary tract and reduce the incidence of Urinary tract infection. I’ve found no evidence that it has any affect on stones. Further, most bottled juices are pasteurized, thus killing some if not most of the beneficial enzymes. Get yourself a juicer, and buy the fresh cranberries so abundant in the fall and freeze what you don’t use.

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  • Donnie white

    I’ve been drinking black tea for 45 years and I’ve never had not even one stone . I think that’s only a coincidence that your stone appeared after the tea.

  • ankit kumar thakran

    i have 5mm kidney stone in ureter can you suggesst some remedies for that?

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Did you try any of these 10 remedies?

  • sanju

    Dear
    My ct scan shows three stones 2 of 6-8mm and 1 of 12 mm. Can it be removed through natural and which remedies.

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Have you tried any of the remedies?

  • Sky

    Also, sorry, just read more comments… I’ve had a stent placed. The stent trapped a stone between my body and the stent itself. Worst pain of my life. After it was removed, the bleeding was so bad and lasted so long that they put me on Depo Lupron. (Don’t EVER allow them to admister that drug to you!!!!- but that’s for a different thread) perhaps others will have a better result from a stent but mine was a NIGHTMARE! I’d rather pass a stone every day than go thru that again.

  • jigz

    my mom had a kidney stone from her right kidney more than two & the 2 of them are big measures 2.8 cm & 1.3cm– & she’s diabetic also, can you pls advice me what kind of remedies my mom can take, doctor’s advice her to take an operation, but we’re scared for it..
    she’s now taking alot of medicines that can make her body weak..i’m seeking 4 advice..

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  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Those are pretty big, has she tried any natural remedies? Have the doctors considered shock wave lithotripsy?

  • jigz

    only surgery that doctors advice for my mom, & if we try to do some home remedies what kind of remerdies that suit to my mom? pls. help us, my mom 55 years old already, & we dont had enough money to do surgery bec. of some medication that was made before

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    I gotcha. Have you tried any of the 10 remedies listed above? She may or may not have success but it would be a less invasive start than surgery.

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