10 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on October 1, 2014

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.

  • LadyS

    like in litres?

  • Robin Wenz

    Multiplicity, are you taking the Coconut Oil straight or with water? How much Magnesium Citrate are you using?

  • Robin Wenz

    I’m growing my own Aloe. Can I just take the leaves of that plant, skin off the gelled inside and use 1-2 ozs of that gel for my 1-2 ounces of organic aloe vera juice? I don’t feed my plants fertilizer.
    Doesn’t ACV wear down tooth enamel in the long term? Drinking a full gallon of water daily is a lot of ACV. I’m 125 lbs.

  • Robin Wenz

    Best not to tell anyone that they are wrong. You’re not a doctor and every patient’s body reacts differently to foods/treatments. I’m glad what you are doing is working well for you, but it doesn’t mean it will work well for someone else’s body.

  • Robin Wenz

    so u stopped drinking your ginger ales and that helped?

  • Robin Wenz

    get a new dr or visit a naturopathic practioner

  • Robin Wenz

    how much marshmallow tea?

  • Robin Wenz

    Lovely. Where am I going to find the root of Papaya plant living on the East Coast of USA? Do this method once a day? How much juice do or can u make from a root? Am I drinking the water that it soaks in? Am I mixing the crushed juice in water or drinking pure root juice and nothing else? Just wanted to be clear.

  • Robin Wenz

    No problems with tooth enamel weakening?

  • http://ancientlights.org DrJack37

    It helped along with other things mentioned, that seems to be true anyhow!

  • Hamza Mazhar

    Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is the best way to remove kidney stones

  • Hamza Mazhar

    First thing we have to consider is the size of the stone if it is not that big and can pass easily through ureter then try taking lemon juice with olive oil as mentioned above but if the size of stone is large go for extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy and when once the stone is removed keep taking a lot of water improve your diet and add some of the foods as mentioned above to your diet schedule so that to avoid further forming of stones in kidney.
    i like this article its really good and informative.

  • Marchie Gonzales

    How about coconut water?

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  • Frank Sucre

    i will advise you to visit the spell caster who save my daughter and i from HIV illness am very sure she can help you


  • conz315

    Hydrangea Root capsules! 7 surgeries in a year and not one in over six months!!!

  • ammiey

    Hi- I just found out i have a stone tonight, omg its painful. i sent my husband to the store tonight to get these items, and thats the question i had for him, was how do i do the oz? but in the directions it says 2 oz, so he used a glass measuring cup that we have and it has it on there. now for the 1 oz, you just do half of that i suppose. hope this helped, and i hope this works for me. my first time having it and its so painful. good luck to everyone who gets this, i dont wish this on anyone.

  • ammiey

    Did you try the recipe above? let me know. thanks)

  • ammiey

    Oh that helps me thanks). i just got one tonight and had 3 kids and have to agree that this is worse. im doing this recipe tonight. hope it works for me!

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  • ghie

    I haven’t been diagnosed with kidney stone but I felt like there is stone in my left side of the stomach and when I pea it feels like somethings blocking. My feet sometimes numb. Before, I thought it was just a simple UTI but I drink medicines for UTI it doesn’t worked. I know some couples of herbal medicines for Kidney Stones Removal and it was proven effective but it is not available now here in the country which I am living right now. Thank you doctor for this. At least I can do some home remedies now.

  • ghie

    thank you. I will try that also

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  • Jinesh Chheda

    I have ayurvedic medicin for kidney ston. Its works in 10 days

  • z0ltan

    Eventually everyone dies, or are you immortal?

  • Carol Gregory

    had some nice results with helychrisum this week. its a fast moving stone now. going back to my uva ursi hydrangea and varunadi vati regimen for permanent results. Did this years ago and was stone free for years now I have over 100 in one kidney. Kidney doc told me no to meds to help me so helping myself. SO mad at him.

  • Thomas Taylor

    Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar as described above work along with a vibrating pad. I believe the vibrating pad not only masks the pain but chips off the spiny parts of the stone letting it pass easier.

  • Patricia Howard

    Im workin on it 😉 lol

  • Stefan Iancu

    boil a bottle of blond( gold ) beer let it cool for 20 min for the yeast to go to the bottom and drink one glass 3 times a day for 3 days….it works best when drink warm…

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  • M.Yaseen mowana

    I have 12mm stone please tell me what to do

  • reynaldo.padua71@yahoo.com

    ihave .2mm stone what is the best way to cure it please tell me

  • Toni T

    she said table spoon -so presuming straight and a “glass” is 8 oz…..so thats probably pretty close


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  • Leare Storer

    I av a 10mm kidney stone that’s giving me some jip. Does anyone know if I can take cider vinegar with blood thinners plz. I really need to get rid of this stone thanks.

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  • Lilia Zusman

    Dear ones! Recently my granddaughter of 15 y.o. was taken 3 times to a hospital in regards to kidney stones with no positive results, I addressing this issue and trying to find the right easiest way of expelling this monster out of her body for good. Thank you for responding.

  • Jen

    Hi how do you take the coconut oil?

  • Blanche Marie Couture

    I do have kidney stones but they do not bother me at all. For precaution I purchase an herb for South America called Chanca Piedra Extract 500mg. The name means stone crusher. I use the tea as well as the pills. I have no pain and they have diminished considerably.

  • MammaG123

    Is any of this confirmed by scientific medical research?

  • Jem-April Francisco

    My hubby is following the step 1. It says to follow every hour, that being said it means that this cycle is every 30 mins.
    1 combi – olive oil, lemon juice and water
    2 combi – lemon, water and apple cider

    I hope I am doing it right

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  • beeboo

    I frequently get kidney stones that get stuck for a month, I enjoy taking hot baths and using a heating pad where the pain is, it’s a pretty good alternative to hydrocodone since it doesn’t cause awful constipation, good luck everyone

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  • Julie

    Was it successful? I just started my first dose. Glad it’s late not so sure I could drink that much oil!

  • http://www.foreverafs.org foreverafs.org

    literally just got back from the ER, they think I have kidney stones…..woke up shaking and chills the worst I have ever had. Really run down right now and just took lemon juice and olive oil, pomegranates, magnesium glycinate…hoping this all will help

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