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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  • J

    Seek Jesus and HE will solve all of your problems, nothing else will God Bless.

  • Nurse Tammy

    My husband and I both suffer from occasional bouts with kidney stones. After finding this article regarding the lemon juice/olive oil/acv treatment, we’ve tried it and have found great success! I never have to repeat the second step, and he usually only does a few times.
    I tell people about this remedy all of the time and will continue to do so. We have both been hospitalized, given IV’s, pain meds, diagnostic procedures, and the whole gamut, but nothing works faster than this natural method! Thank you for sharing it!

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  • Jennifer Jason LeFrancois

    I’m out of lemons..can I substitute with lime?

  • Tracey Anne Miller

    I wish to thank you a hundred fold, Dr. Group for this information! You have saved my life on several kidney stone attacks! I currently am going through another bout and get to figure this out, too many cacao smoothies? I did cut out the spinach and seemed okay with the cacao! Time for a major cleanse, I think! I greatly appreciate you and have recommended your website to many people over the years! Blessings!

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

    Right on Tracey. How many is too many? :)

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

    It’s not quite the same thing.

  • Tracey Anne Miller

    One a day (with a few days off here and there)! ;-) I just adore my smoothies of cacao, maca, blueberry, banana, coconut oil, coconut water, honey or stevia, spirulina, chlorella, msm, and other goodies that may be on hand!

    I owe all of this to you, Dr. Group from years ago, going (mostly raw and organic),………NOT the kidney stones!
    I will do a cleanse the best that I can and gradually add my cacao back, forget the spinach (plenty of other greens out here)!

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

    Sounds delicious, I’m going to have to try that one!

  • Tracey Anne Miller

    It is! I use frozen fruit with this to make it cold, and strawberries are just as yummy!

    Also, I meant to tell you that there is another method (that I am using along with your number one method) that uses Jumping/Bumping. You can google that along with kidney stones. I discovered this after my first bout three years ago, I drank vinegar water and was jumping up and down in pain prior to going to the hospital emergency. Apparently as I was there it passed as they could not find anything. Then I came home and researched jumping up and down with kidney stones and found this website that advocates for this remedy! Talk about intuition! So now I use both! And hopefully this is the last time!

  • wgalison

    those are not kidney stones, they are kidney boulders!

  • fetah zejnullahu

    Dr. Edward Group
    My is 10 years old and his kidneys are with calcification ( like smal stones around his kidneys) can you suggest me which your treatmant needs to take and how much oz of lemon and olive oil needs to drink.
    loock the picture from his kidneys.

  • No Wie

    thanks for this information. I tried it and now i feel better. i dont urinate at night and pain in my back and bladder is gone.

  • Ryeman

    2 Tablespoons twice daily of organic apple cider vinegar. Just dilute it in water.

  • 1americanjane

    Tried the lemon juice/olive oil/vinegar treatment while waiting for lithography or laser procedure for about a week.(had a stint in place) had the procedure, and a new stint in place after. Both stints were covered with calcium ( like rock candy) am waiting for imaging to be done. what the heck? I have not heard of this.

  • marian

    I read that eating pureed asparagus then followed by 24 oz of coke can help eliminate stones. Worked for my husband.

  • steves

    Tell me about it. They say smoking causes cancer but I smoke five packs a day for 20 years and never had a smoking related illness.

  • steves

    I have a hot tub and when I get pain I always get in and the pain goes away. I am sure a hot bath would have the same effect. However the pain comes back when I get out so bring some of those remedies with you to the tub and maybe they will kick in by the time you get out of the tub.





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