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Kidneys are the most important organs in the human body. The Kidneys help to detox and filter impurities from the blood, pulling waste products out, regulating fluid balance, regulate blood pressure, responsible for fertility and start the formation of blood making just to name a few things.


Kidney stones are a solid piece of material that forms in the Kidney out of substances in the urine. They are made up of concentrates such as oxalate, calcium and phosphorus. It happens when minerals in the body combine with other substances and accumulate in the small ducts and tissues of the organ.


Kidney stones form when the Kidneys are not able to process and excrete waste, excess minerals, and toxins and crystals of unprocessed minerals begin to develop, eventually they form a thick sludge, and then stones. Kidney stones, if they are large enough, may cause tearing and pain, some even block urine flow.


In TICM, many factors can contribute to Kidney stones and there are several types of stones and patterns to look for in a detailed diagnosis unlike western medicine where one shoe size fits all. Therefore, it is important to speak to your TICM doctor to determine the root imbalance leading to the stones.


Generalised factors that contribute to Kidney stones include poor diet, obesity, metabolic deficiencies, inflammation, gut health, hormonal regulation of minerals in the body and acidity and alkalinity, and inadequate fluid intake. In TICM we look at imbalances stemming from Kidneys, Liver, Spleen, as well as the pathogen dampness.


Dampness is a failure to burn off or transform moisture in the body and it settles in the lower body, causing symptoms like kidney stones. It can result from the ingestion of dairy, sugar, refined carbs, excess raw vegetables, cold drinks, alcohol, fatty, greasy and deep fried food as well as living in a particularly damp climate.


Acupuncture for kidney stones help to relieve associated pain and restore the flow of energy and Blood to heal and reduce inflammation. In addition, Chinese herbal medicine prescribed by your TICM doctor will work to dissolve hard masses, drain dampness, relieve excess phlegm and promote the flow of energy and Blood. Dietary changes must also be made.


Things patient’s can do at home:

Ginger powder is important to consume to strengthen Stomach and Spleen and remove toxins and phlegm.


Chinese herbal medicines will drain dampness and phlegm to promote optimal circulation and the flow of energy, strengthens the Kidneys and Liver to promotes healthy detoxification and Liver function.


Water is key to staying hydrated.


Lemon juice as lemons contain citrate, which is a chemical that prevents calcium stones from forming. Citrate can also break up small stones, allowing them to pass more easily.


Basil juice as basil contains acetic acid, which helps to break down the Kidney stones and helps to reduce pain. It also lowers uric acid levels, which reduces your risk for future stones.


Apple cider vinegar as it contains malic acid. Malic acid helps to dissolve Kidney stones. Apple cider vinegar can help alkalise blood and urine and increase stomach acids to prevent the formation of new stones.


Celery juice clears away toxins that contribute to Kidney stone formation. It also helps flush out the body so you can pass the stone.


Pomegranate juice as it can help improve overall kidney function, as well as flush stones and other toxins from your system as well as lowering your urine’s acidity level.


Kidney bean broth as the broth from cooked kidney beans helps improve overall urinary and Kidney health. It also helps dissolve and flush out the stones. Simply strain the liquid from cooked beans and drink a few glasses throughout the day.

Kidneys are the most important organs in the human body. The Kidneys help to detox and filter impurities from the blood, pulling waste products out, regulating fluid balance, regulate blood pressure, responsible for fertility and start the formation of blood making just to name a few things.


Kidney stones are a solid piece of material that forms in the Kidney out of substances in the urine. They are made up of concentrates such as oxalate, calcium and phosphorus. It happens when minerals in the body combine with other substances and accumulate in the small ducts and tissues of the organ.


Kidney stones form when the Kidneys are not able to process and excrete waste, excess minerals, and toxins and crystals of unprocessed minerals begin to develop, eventually they form a thick sludge, and then stones. Kidney stones, if they are large enough, may cause tearing and pain, some even block urine flow.


In TICM, many factors can contribute to Kidney stones and there are several types of stones and patterns to look for in a detailed diagnosis unlike western medicine where one shoe size fits all. Therefore, it is important to speak to your TICM doctor to determine the root imbalance leading to the stones.


Generalised factors that contribute to Kidney stones include poor diet, obesity, metabolic deficiencies, inflammation, gut health, hormonal regulation of minerals in the body and acidity and alkalinity, and inadequate fluid intake. In TICM we look at imbalances stemming from Kidneys, Liver, Spleen, as well as the pathogen dampness.


Dampness is a failure to burn off or transform moisture in the body and it settles in the lower body, causing symptoms like kidney stones. It can result from the ingestion of dairy, sugar, refined carbs, excess raw vegetables, cold drinks, alcohol, fatty, greasy and deep fried food as well as living in a particularly damp climate.


Acupuncture for kidney stones help to relieve associated pain and restore the flow of energy and Blood to heal and reduce inflammation. In addition, Chinese herbal medicine prescribed by your TICM doctor will work to dissolve hard masses, drain dampness, relieve excess phlegm and promote the flow of energy and Blood. Dietary changes must also be made.


Things patient’s can do at home:

Ginger powder is important to consume to strengthen Stomach and Spleen and remove toxins and phlegm.


Chinese herbal medicines will drain dampness and phlegm to promote optimal circulation and the flow of energy, strengthens the Kidneys and Liver to promotes healthy detoxification and Liver function.


Water is key to staying hydrated.


Lemon juice as lemons contain citrate, which is a chemical that prevents calcium stones from forming. Citrate can also break up small stones, allowing them to pass more easily.


Basil juice as basil contains acetic acid, which helps to break down the Kidney stones and helps to reduce pain. It also lowers uric acid levels, which reduces your risk for future stones.


Apple cider vinegar as it contains malic acid. Malic acid helps to dissolve Kidney stones. Apple cider vinegar can help alkalise blood and urine and increase stomach acids to prevent the formation of new stones.


Celery juice clears away toxins that contribute to Kidney stone formation. It also helps flush out the body so you can pass the stone.


Pomegranate juice as it can help improve overall kidney function, as well as flush stones and other toxins from your system as well as lowering your urine’s acidity level.


Kidney bean broth as the broth from cooked kidney beans helps improve overall urinary and Kidney health. It also helps dissolve and flush out the stones. Simply strain the liquid from cooked beans and drink a few glasses throughout the day.

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