Urinary stones or urolithiasis: can we treat ourselves effectively with plants?
Very common disease but which fortunately almost disappeared - during the 2 World Wars - in France, urinary stones are "small stones which form in the kidneys from crystals present in theurine ". They affect 1 to 2% of the French, against 12% of the world population.
Some scientists believe that 24% of the world's population is genetically predisposed to develop kidney stones.
The appearance of one or more stones in the urinary tract is often common in people aged 30 to 50 years.
More particularly affecting men, urinary stones are a disease of abundance that generally affects the populations of industrialized countries where the standard of living is high.
What are the symptoms and causes of this disease? Can we prevent it? How to treat it with plants?
Urinary stones: when the body sows stones!
Still called urolithiasis, urinary or kidney stones are salt crystals that form in the urinary tract, which is made up of the urethra, kidney and bladder.
Symptoms and locations of urinary calculus
Painful but without serious consequences, urolithiasis (if it is small, ie <6 mm), can form and disappear spontaneously. We speak to this effect of asymptomatic urolithiasis.
However, there are 3 warning symptoms for any subject to urinary stones:
> Pain :
A sudden pain and very violent (or renal colic) is the first warning sign of urinary stones. This is because the pain begins in the lumbar region (lower back) and spreads in men, ie to the penis and testicles. In women on the other hand, the pains are localized in the labia majora and labia minora, as well as the clitoris.
The second symptom urolithiasis is hematuria characterized by the presence of blood in urine. Although these traces of urine can be noticed by the subject himself, they are usually detected during examinations in laboratory analyzes or through a dipstick.
> Urinary tract infection:
Finally, a urinary tract infection can trigger and worsen urolithiasis.
It can be accompanied by urination more frequent and disorders with burning sensations.
In addition, a fever can occur and cause acute pyelonephritis (in men or women) or even a inflammation of the prostate in humans.
In addition, there are:
- an urgent need to urinate,
- the (painful) elimination of small crystals in the urine
- nausea and vomiting
Origins and causes of kidney stones
In general, hydrate very little and have a food too rich in salt, in calories and in protein are responsible for the presence of salt crystals in urine.
Moreover, the urinary tract infections repeated are a major cause.
Studies by scientists show that most people prone to kidney stones have an imbalance of minerals and salts in the blood.
This condition can be influenced by other diseases including diabetes, the drop even theobesity.
Also, an excess ofUric acid and of calcium coupled with some blood abnormalities, can cause the formation of urolithiasis.
Finally, the presence of a adenoma of the prostate can cause the formation ofurolithiasis.
Are there natural and effective solutions to treat urinary stones?
Treat urinary stones with plants
The plantes to the diuretic properties are known for their ability to increase the amount of urine, which helps to irrigate the urinary tract.
However, unlike animals, the berries of juniper, solidage, field horsetail, orthosiphon, black elderberry, stinging nettle leaves, burdock, the tea plant, the birch or the dandelion have not been shown to be effective in the human body.
As for its medical management, treatment for a kidney stone is prescribed depending on the type, size, location and above all, the condition of the subject.
Good to know
As a reminder, the dehydration greatly influences the appearance of calculations urinary.
As a result, certain trades, including founders, sailors and cooks are the most at risk.
However, in people who tend to have urolithiasis, we recommend the consumption of medicinal plants including:
- The juice of lemon (because, rich in citric acid) or orange. Taking it every morning would prevent urinary stones
- Herbal tea geranium : 1 dessert spoon for a cup would be sufficient.
- Thegarlic, as a spice in cooking
To this are added the diuretic plants mentioned above which are rather recommended in the form of herbal tea, but as a preventive measure.
NB : From the first symptoms renal colic, he is strongly discouraged drink lots of water (or herbal tea) hoping to get rid of the stones.
Indeed, this very common mistake causes the accumulation of urine in the blocked duct and, would only increase the pain.
Often times, in renal colic, homeopathy is indicated to calm painful spasms.
However, if you wish to relieve yourself or seek treatment with herbs, it is always recommended to have a specialist opinion (herbalist, homeopath, specialist in aromatherapy, phytotherapist…).
If in doubt or if the pain persists, it is better to talk to your pharmacistor your doctor.