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.

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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  • 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…

  • 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 .


    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

  • 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.

  • 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

    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..

  • 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.

  • Vickie Harmon

    Marshmallow tea with a bit of honey works wonders also. (Not the puffy sweet confection but rather the plant)

  • kevin

    im 35 yrs old and i have passed over 28 stones .Most of mine have come the day after i get dehydrated or drink alot of iced tea..I take alot of cranberry pills and lots of water.While im getting the excruciating pain i drink alot of water and walk around my house and jump ,shake and get down on hands and knees and do leg lifts…moving around seems to shake them and pain does go away after a hour or 2…it always seems to start hurting at night around 11;30 to 1am …..thank god i have a big home to walk around while going threw pain….

  • matt shoemaker

    Have you read the article? It tells you what to do.

  • matt shoemaker

    Re read the article and try something else

  • Douglas Stanley

    Look at your own issues and solve the root of your own problems before throwing blame around !!!!

  • Terry Wayne Ferguson

    drinking beet juice has desolved kidney stones, my grandfather used this and canned it by the quart!

  • Galen

    I take a shot of lemon const and 1 inch of water drink

  • jane

    What is the amount of magnesium,B6, an potassium citrate. I would like to have my son give this information to his Dr. He has over 37 kidney stones or more. They say their is nothing for him to take for them.

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  • shortie

    The best that I have found to pass a kidney stone is: 1 tablespoon of Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs is the best) add 1 tablespoon of organic honey (local fresh honey) then mix in a pinch of baking soda add all this to 10 ounces of water and drink. You can do this a few times a day. It has worked for me & my daughter. Never take apple cider vinegar just by itself always mix with water.

  • Claudia Durr

    Thank you!!! Thank God!! This absolutely works! I only wish I knew this hours before then I wouldn’t have had to suffer through this for the last month! In the end the pain was so great despiration and prayer led me here. I have been through natural childbirth and Have a high tollerence for pain, this was definately worse! I followed the directions for the lemon and olive oil, followed by the 12 oz of water , then the water with lemon and apple cider vinager . I finally slept for two hours and was completely cured a new person! After further research I will now take the lemon juice and apple cider vinager as a daily tonic! Thank you so much for providing this information. I will tell everyone I know!!

  • barbara walters

    my father suffered with kidney stones all his life and hated to go to the hospital so most of the time he just suffered until he passed them, but when he did go to the er, they just shot him up with morphine (which barely took the edge off). (my father doesn’t drink or do any over the counter or illegal drugs except for the occasional advil for headaches. then one day his job was sending him to the bahamas for several weeks to rebuild after a major storm and one of the islander’s that worked here occasionally with my dad told him if the symptoms of a stone came on while he was there, he should get a green coconut, drill a hole and drink the “milk” to help soften the stone making the passing far less uncomfortable. he remembered that and although he didn’t try it until a few years later when a sudden onset dropped him to his knees, he said it was the ONLY thing that ever helped. i have told several people of this over the years and EVERYONE who tried it had the same result! If its all in our head, ok, but short of having an allergy to coconut, it can’t hurt to try, right? i’m told that 20-30 min the effectiveness can be felt.

  • Joan Craw

    I had a UTI for over a week and could not kick it with my ordinary cranberry-pill regime. I bought Lady Somas Cranberry pills , and I kicked my UTI within a couple of hours.

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  • stonedman

    Dear Readers
    have had three operations for my Kidney Stones up till now. My third and hopefully final procedure was completed on Wednesday 27 Aug 2014. This is my first time writing on this post so let me send this message and see how it goes and I will write further next time.

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