Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How to Prevent Kidney Stones & Treatment

Methods for preventing Kidney Stones
A person who has had more than one kidney stone may be likely to form another; so, if possible, prevention is important. To help determine their cause, the doctor will order laboratory tests, including urine and blood tests. The doctor will also ask about the patient’s medical history, occupation, and eating habits. If a stone has been removed, or if the patient has passed a stone and saved it, a stone analysis by the laboratory may help the doctor in planning treatment.

The doctor may ask the patient to collect urine for 24 hours after a stone has passed or been removed. For a 24-hour urine collection, the patient is given a large container, which is to be refrigerated between trips to the bathroom. The collection is used to measure urine volume and levels of acidity, calcium, sodium, uric acid, oxalate, citrate, and creatinine—a product of muscle metabolism. The doctor will use this information to determine the cause of the stone. A second 24-hour urine collection may be needed to determine whether the prescribed treatment is working.


How are kidney stones treated?

Fortunately, surgery is not usually necessary. Most kidney stones can pass through the urinary system with plenty of water—2 to 3 quarts a day—to help move the stone along. Often, the patient can stay home during this process, drinking fluids and taking pain medication as needed. The doctor usually asks the patient to save the passed stone(s) for testing. It can be caught in a cup or tea strainer used only for this purpose.

Symptoms for kidney stones - Diagnosis & Treatment


Kidney stones often do not have any symptoms. Usually, the first symptom of a kidney stone is extreme pain, which begins suddenly when a stone moves in the urinary tract and blocks the flow of urine. Typically, a person feels a sharp, cramping pain in the back and side in the area of the kidney or in the lower abdomen. Sometimes nausea and vomiting occur. Later, pain may spread to the groin.

If the stone is too large to pass easily, pain continues as the muscles in the wall of the narrow ureter try to squeeze the stone into the bladder. As the stone moves and the body tries to push it out, blood may appear in the urine, making the urine pink. As the stone moves down the ureter, closer to the bladder, a person may feel the need to urinate more often or feel a burning sensation during urination.

If fever and chills accompany any of these symptoms, an infection may be present. In this case, a person should contact a doctor immediately.


“Silent” Stones— that do not cause symptoms,are found on x rays taken during a general health exam. If the stones are small, they will often pass out of the body unnoticed. Often, kidney stones are found on an x ray or ultrasound taken of someone who complains of blood in the urine or sudden pain. These diagnostic images give the doctor valuable information about the stone’s size and location. Blood and urine tests help detect any abnormal substance that might promote stone formation.

The doctor may decide to scan the urinary system using a special test called a computerized tomography (CT) scan or an intravenous pyelogram (IVP). The results of all these tests help determine the proper treatment.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Care for your Kidneys - Use Kidney Cleanse

Bearberry Extract also known as Uva Ursi, is considered a diuretic in the botanical classification of herbs. This mild action can enhance the excretion of fluids from the body.* Bearberry decreases the accumulation of uric acid, a natural component of urine. Uric acid build up may crystallize and get deposited into the kidneys, joints and blood stream. Bearberry soothes and strengthens the membranes of the urinary system.* There is a compound present in the bearberry leaves, known as Arbutin, that is responsible for its antiseptic activity. Bearberry¡¯s antiseptic properties help regulate normal flora in the urinary system.*

Dandelion Root is a nourishing herb that contains highly assimilable minerals. In the botanical classification of herbs, it is considered a blood purifier, having most of its beneficial action on the liver. To have healthy kidneys you must also have a healthy liver, as they both support the body¡¯s detoxification process. Dandelion strengthens the liver by promoting bile secretion and provides a gentle cleansing action in the elimination of metabolic waste.* Dandelion has a mild diuretic action that aids the body¡¯s removal of excess fluids through the kidneys. The kidneys eliminate harmful substances that are detoxified by the liver.

Nettles is another nourishing herb rich in minerals, especially iron and potassium. It has mild diuretic action and aids the kidneys with elimination of uric acid.*

Yellow Dock is considered a bitter herb that promotes digestion and supports liver/kidney function.* It is high in some minerals including iron, manganese and potassium.

Short Buchu Leaf Extract has a mild diuretic action and immune supporting activity helpful with urinary system function.*

Chlorophyll is the pigment that makes plants green. Through photosynthesis, it absorbs sunlight energy and converts it into plant energy. When we consume Chlorophyll, it is transferred into our blood and cell tissue. Scientifically, its molecular structure closely resembles human hemoglobin, the pigment that makes our blood red.

When taken internally, Chlorophyll can oxygenate human cells by helping to build red blood cells. Its detoxifying and immune enhancing qualities* may be helpful for heavy metal build up. Chlorophyll neutralizes acids and toxins in the blood and helps eliminate them from the body through the kidneys. Chlorophyll is rich in vitamin K which forms a compound in the body that inhibits the formation of calcium oxalate crystals which in turn promotes healthy kidneys.*

B vitamins are water soluble and are flushed out of the body regularly. They are not stored in the body and any excess is excreted. B vitamins must be replenished daily through whole foods and supplementation. B vitamins are necessary for a healthy nervous system and they assist the liver in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.* Stress, alcohol, tobacco, excessive sugar and caffeine can decrease the levels of B vitamins in the body.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Caring for your Kidneys

Critical Points to Care for your Kidneys

Quiting or avoiding smoking cigarettes absolutely IMPERATIVE. Cigarettes harm the kidneys as well as damage the heart and lungs. Cigarettes can cause cancer and are very harmful to small children. There are many toxic ingredients in one cigarette. Cigarettes are addictive and can cause many other health problems including death.

Eating a "heart healthy" diet is a MUST. This means eating small portions of lean meats and fish as well as whole grain breads and cereals, low-fat dairy products and 6-10 servings of fruit and vegetables per day. This diet is also good for people with diabetes and high blood pressure. The majority of the people who develop Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) have had either diabetes or high blood pressure. By keeping these problems under control, individuals can reduce the risk of CKD.

Maintaining a healthy weight is IMPORTANT - Physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight is very important for kidneys as well as your heart, lungs and feet. People with Diabetes often do not have feeling in their feet or have recurring foot problems.
Discuss "over-the-counter medication". It is very important to discuss over-the-counter medications with your Doctor and/or Pharmacist. Many products contain "Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs" (NSAIDS) which are very harmful to the kidneys. This is especially true for arthritis medications that many people take without a perscription.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Kidney Infections

Kidney disorders commence from minor infections to total kidney failure. Kidney diseases may cause high blood pressure, anemia, and elevated cholesterol. When chronic, this can lead to depression and sexual dysfunction. Kidney stones, diagnosed in more than a million cases annually in the US alone,may be extremely painful and lead to hospital stays and loss of work days. Kidney infection symptoms come very fast and includes fever, chills, pain in the lower back, upset stomach and even vomiting. One should take care to have plenty of fluids especially in summer. Have health checks regularly if you find any unusual occurence of frequent urination, burning sensation and blood in urine. This will also be accompanied with high temperature shivering. Visit your Urologist immediately. The recurrence of such symptoms also indicate that the germ never leaves unless you regularly take culture tests to find out if all bacterial substances are cleared from the urinary tract

Friday, March 20, 2009

Foods that cause Kidney stones

Foods and Drinks Containing Oxalate
People prone to forming calcium oxalate stones may be asked by their doctor to limit or avoid certain foods if their urine contains an excess of oxalate.

High-oxalate foods—higher to lower

swiss chard
wheat germ
soybean crackers
black Indian tea
sweet potatoes
Foods that have medium amounts of oxalate may be eaten in limited amounts.

Medium-oxalate foods—higher to lower

green pepper
red raspberries
fruit cake

Preventing Kidney Stones

Take care

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Recommended Herbal Cures for Kidney Problems

A new method of treatment, (HERBAL) for kidney ailments is a formula of juniper berries, parsley, uva ursi, marshmallow root, lobelia, ginger, and golden seal. Suggested use is a cup morning and evening, or two tablets or capsules morning and evening taken with a cup of parsley tea. In case of malfunction renowned Doctors have suggested this combination to assist the male: cayenne, ginger, golden seal root, gravel root or queen of the meadow root, juniper berries, marshmallow root, parsley root or herb, uva ursi leaves. These will dissolve the stones that are in the kidneys, as well as clean out other sedimentation and infection in the prostate. Mix the powders and place in capsules and take two or more morning and night, with parsley tea when possible.

Aloe Vera taken internally is said to help maintain good blood vessel tone and healthy circulation. The potassium in the plant is said to aid the heart's rhythm and stimulate the kidney to dispose of body wastes. The herb is said to help the action of digestive enzymes and deter kidney stones.

Some of the following Juices have been recommended by many renowned Kidney Specialists.

Juices for Gravel in Kidneys: Carrot & cucumber, endive & parsley.

Juices for Kidney and Bladder Troubles: Cucumber & parsley, dandelion, spinach.

Juices for Renal Calculus (Stones in Kidney): Carrot & cucumber, celery & parsley.


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