Happy Halloween, everybody!!! Let's talk about a frightful subject - kidney stones.....
No one likes a kidney stone. It produces one of the worst pains a person can feel - you will actually feel like you might be dying. And probably wouldn't mind if you did. Here are a few tips in case you ever have to deal with one of these....
Drink, drink, drink. What you are trying to do is make the stone pass out of your body, and the way to do this is by flushing with liquids.Water is the best thing to drink when you have a kidney stone. Drink a lot, not a little. At least three quarts of water every day. That's a bunch of water, but remember, you are trying to flush out the stone.Some say that dandelion tea causes more blood flow in the kidneys, thereby helping to flush the stone. It is also a good diuretic. Some other good diuretic teas are couch grass and corn silk.
Take a walk. Yes, you won't feel like it, but walking helps put the stone on the move. This is a good thing, because the stone has to dislodge and move in order to leave the body.
Saw palmetto has been used for ages to get rid of kidney stones. Sometimes called the "plant catheter" or "old man's friend", this is the home remedy of choice for these types of problems.Take 2 160 milligram caps each day as soon as you know that you have a stone, and continue until it passes.Saw Palmetto relaxes the ureter, making it easier to pass the stone.
If it looks like the stone is not going on its own, you will need to consult your physician. It has gotten simpler, less painful and less invasive over the years to remove large stones in many cases by using ultrasound treatment.
When the stone is gone, drink cranberry juice to help keep more stones away.
Good luck! If you have your own method for chasing away a kidney stone, please respond and let us know.