Home Remedies For Kidney Stones – Here’s What Can Help

Medically Reviewed by Vd. Naveen Sharma, BAMS
Written by Shaheen Naser

About 12% of the world’s population is affected by kidney stones at least once in their lifetime (1). While medical treatment is paramount, certain home remedies for kidney stones may help ease the symptoms.

The symptoms of kidney stones can be debilitating – apart from the excruciating pain, one may also have to deal with the urge to urinate every few minutes, a feeling of nausea or vomiting, or even bloody urine.

Proper diagnosis and the appropriate line of treatment are important to help resolve the issue. However, the natural remedies listed below might help you ease the pain and discomfort. Check them out and start following them after consulting with your health care provider.

What Are Kidney Stones?

Sometimes, our kidneys may contain small crystal-like solid masses. These are kidney stones, also known as renal calculi. They usually originate in the kidneys but can also develop along the urinary tract that includes the bladder, ureters, and urethra.

Let us now see how kidney stones are formed.

How Do They Form?

Kidney stones are caused by inadequate consumption of water. If you consume less than 8-10 glasses of water a day, you are putting yourself at risk of developing kidney stones. The less amount of water in your body cannot dilute uric acid, which, in turn, makes your urine more acidic. The increasing acidity of urine leads to the formation of stones.

If you have been diagnosed with or have a family history of medical conditions like Crohn’s disease, urinary tract infections, medullary sponge kidney, etc., you are likely to develop kidney stones.

Some people are more likely to develop kidney stones as compared to others.

Risk Factors

Kidney stones mostly occur in people aged between 20 and 50 years. Also, more men are at risk of developing kidney stones than women. Other risk factors include:

In the next section, we will look at the home remedies that can be employed to treat it.

Home Remedies For Kidney Stones

1. Water

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As we have mentioned earlier, inadequate consumption of water is a major cause of kidney stones. Drinking water can help retard the formation of crystals and flushes out calcium and phosphorus from the kidneys (2).

You Will Need

10-12 glasses of water

What You Have To Do

Drink 10-12 glasses of water every day.

2. Tomato

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Tomatoes are rich in bioactive compounds like citrates that can help treat kidney stones. They can significantly reduce and prevent the formation of stones in your kidneys (3).

You Will Need
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a paste using one or two tomatoes and add a teaspoon of lemon juice to it.
  2. Drink it up.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1-2 times a week.

3. Lemon Juice

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Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C. Citrates are known to reduce the formation of crystals and reduce the supersaturation of urine by increasing its volume (4).

You Will Need
  • 2-3 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a tablespoon each of lemon juice and olive oil to water.
  2. Mix it well and drink it throughout the day.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this remedy several times a day for 3-4 weeks.

4. Radish Juice

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Studies show that consumption of radish juice increases the excretion of calcium oxalates in your urine. It also helps to flush out any crystals that may be building up in your kidneys (5).

You Will Need

1-2 radishes

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a radish or two and blend to extract the juice.
  2. Have 100 mL of this juice every morning on an empty stomach.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this for 1-2 weeks.

5. Baking Soda

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Baking soda can be used to treat kidney stones (6). It is effective in flushing out the crystals in your kidneys and eliminating the stones.

You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • A glass of warm water
What You Have To Do

Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a glass of warm water and consume immediately.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day.

6. Dandelion Root

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Dandelion root has bioactive compounds that can help in increasing the volume of urine and preventing the formation of crystals in your kidneys (7).

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of dandelion root
  • A glass of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Steep a teaspoon of dandelion root in boiling water for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain and drink the decoction.
How Often You Should Do This

Have this decoction 2-3 times a day.

Note: Make sure you consult your doctor before having dandelion root as it can interact with medications.

7. Horsetail Juice

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Horsetail juice exhibits diuretic activity, which means that it can help increase the volume of urine (8). It can also increase the glomerular filtration rate.

You Will Need
  • 2-3 teaspoons of horsetail leaves
  • 1 glass of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Steep two to three teaspoons of horsetail herb in boiling water for about 15 minutes.
  2. Strain and drink the decoction.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day.

Caution: Do not try this remedy if you have diabetes, low potassium or thiamine levels, or are on lithium or heart medications. Consult your doctor.

8. Tribulus Terrestris

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Studies show that tribulus terrestris can flush out calcium oxalate crystals formed in the kidneys (9). It also has a significant diuretic effect.

You Will Need

1 teaspoon of extracts of Tribulus terrestris

What You Have To Do
  1. Steep a teaspoon of the extracts of tribulus terrestris in boiling water.
  2. Strain and consume the decoction.
How Often You Should Do This

Consume this 2-3 times a day until the stones pass in your urine.

9. Basil Leaf

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Basil leaves are one of the most common herbs used in traditional medicine and Ayurveda. They have a diuretic effect, which means that they can increase the volume of urine and facilitate the elimination of kidney stones (10).

You Will Need
  • A handful of basil leaves
  • A cup of boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a handful of basil leaves and let it steep in a cup of boiling water.
  2. Strain and consume the decoction.
  3. You can add a teaspoon of honey if needed.
How Often You Should Do This

Consume this 2-3 times a day.

10. Fennel

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Fennel seeds are rich in several bioactive compounds that can help treat kidney stones. These compounds can aid in breaking down the crystal formation your kidneys and allow them to be flushed out in your urine (11).

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of fennel seed powder
  • A cup of boiling water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon of fennel seed powder to a cup of boiling water.
  2. Mix well and consume after it has cooled down.
How Often You Should Do This

Consume this once a day for a couple of weeks.

These simple home remedies can help treat and manage kidney stones. If the condition persists, you must visit your doctor.

When Should I See A Doctor?

Sometimes, this condition can persist longer than it should and can cause a lot of pain. In such cases, you must consult your doctor. If the stones get stuck in the urinary tract, it can cause acute pain, and you must be taken in for surgery immediately.

Other symptoms that warrant a doctor’s consultation include vomiting, blood in urine, cloudy urine, fatigue, loss of consciousness, and lower abdominal and genital pain that lasts for more than four weeks.

Kidney stones are small crystal-like masses that may originate in the kidney and be present along the urinary tract. Inadequate water intake is one of the primary causes of kidney stone formation. The condition can be extremely painful and requires prompt medical assistance and a proper line of treatment. You may also apply some home remedies to alleviate the pain and discomfort after consultation with your healthcare provider. Drinking lots of water and incorporating tomatoes, lemon juice, radish juice, fennel, and basil leaves into your diet may help prevent or flush out kidney stones. If you experience vomiting, cloudy or bloody urine, or loss of consciousness, you should contact a medical professional immediately.

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Vd. Naveen Sharma

(BAMS, Ayurveda Specialist)
Dr. Naveen Sharma is a renowned Ayurveda specialist with an experience of 10 years. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in... more

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