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.

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