The prevalence of kidney stones cases in the United States is an estimated 8.8 percent in adults, according to a survey done by the National Health and Nutrition. Kidney stones that are left untreated can lead to kidney damage and life-threatening conditions, even causing kidney failure that requires immediate surgery [R].
It doesn’t have to reach to that point. We have listed three home treatments backed by research that you can try.
1. Chanca Piedra
Otherwise known as Phyllanthus niruri or gale of the wind, chanca piedra is a common tropical plant that belongs to the genus Phyllanthus and family Phyllanthaceae. It grows in China, India, and uncovered areas of the Amazon rainforest.
- Inhibiting the growth of salts that cause kidney stones
- Dissolving existing kidney stones
- Flushing out dissolved salts and minerals from kidney stones (potassium, oxalate, uric acid, magnesium, and calcium) by way of urination.
Although considered generally safe and effective, chanca piedra is not recommended for patients with bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia, as it slows down blood clotting and may cause bleeding. Generally, though, it is considered safe for consumption when taken orally for no longer than 3 months.
Sambong or Blumea balsamifera is an aromatic shrub that is common in Eastern and Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines. It has been used as a folk remedy for urinary tract infections, infected wounds, stomach aches, respiratory infections, and kidney stones. It is even recommended by the Philippine National Kidney and Transplant Institute for patients with kidney problems [R].
Results showed that regular consumption of sambong medicine may help delay or avoid dialysis entirely or avoid having a kidney transplant [R].
The Department of Health in the Philippines even promotes sambong herbal tea and supplements as a diuretic that dissolves kidney stones, and it has just been registered and listed as a medicine in the Bureau of Food and Drugs [R].
In a study done in 2017, sambong was proven to dissolve calcium oxalate crystals by 5.22 to 82.62 percent. This is a breakthrough since kidney stones are mostly formed by the clustering of calcium oxalate monohydrate [R].
Boron is a chemical element found in food, such as nuts, and the environment. During the World Wars I and II and from 1870 to 1920, boron was prevalently used as a food preservative; however, nowadays, boric acid, the most common derivative of boron, is sometimes used by women to treat vaginal yeast infections [R].
Along with the right diet, hydration, and consumption of antioxidant-rich foods, boron may help dissolve and flush out stones in your kidney. The recommended dose is 10 mg per day to increase kidney stone excretion and reduce pain during excretion [R] [R].
To avoid any harmful side effects, it is recommended to administer born at a dose of no more than 20 mg per day for adults and pregnant or lactating women over 19 years old. However, as with any home treatments, it is always best to consult your physician before trying boron treatment [R] [R].
We strongly advise you to have a regular check-up with your doctor and lab tests (blood, kidney, and liver) at least every three months if you decide to take any herbal medicine or supplement mentioned in the list for long-term.