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Holistic remedy for kidney stones/uti

I just kicked kidney stones and a bad UTI in a few days using holistic methods. Went to a clinic for follow up, just to be on the safe side, and everything looks normal. 

*victory dance*

If anyone out there has suffered with kidney stones and wants to try a natural remedy, this is what I did:

2 oz raw organic apple cider vinegar 2x daily. Just shoot it. It's nasty, but it dissolves the stone. Chase with water. Brush teeth immediately to protect tooth enamel. It HAS to be organic; the other stuff doesn't have the healing properties.

Mix of 2 oz organic lemon juice/2 oz organic olive oil 2 x daily. Shoot it. Make sure to use the organic stuff; you do NOT want to further strain your kidneys with chemicals/pesticides. Chase with water or C juice.

Drank tons of Smartwater brand distilled water. Distilled water detoxifies more than other kinds. Personally, I'm a water snob, probably because I grew up drinking really really really pure mountain water from the tap. Smartwater is actually the only bottled water I like enough to drink that much of.

Added some organic lemon juice to some of the water I drank

Cranberry pills

Organic cranberry juice; the real stuff, which is very bitter and kind of expensive. Read the labels. Food companies are really sneaky about ingrediants these days. Most of the time, even the stuff that SAYS it's real juice isn't real juice. I mixed it with an organic juice mix to make it taste better

Couple berry smoothies

Bladdex (supplement that contains herbs such as Uvi Ursi and marshmellow that are good for UT health)

Vitamins A, E, B complex, C

Chamonile tea with organic lemon juice and organic honey


Heating pad-thingy at night for about 20 mins a spot on sore lower back spots. Mine's made of beans - you micowave it to heat it up and it holds the heat for a while.

Dietary; no caffeine, no fat, no processed food. Reduced intake of beloved cheese. Roasted chicken and salmon with lots of asparagus. Apples, onions, ginger, parsley, and celery are also good  for this. I never got around to them, though they will all be on the menu for the next few weeks. 

My next moves would have been D-Mannose and alfalfa, but I didn't need them. Didn't get to the coke/asparagus method either.

I felt improvements immediately and continued to improve daily. Had that not been the case, I'd have gone to a clinic sooner, and for urgent care rather than follow up.

I"ll be continuing to use raw organic ACV daily but in smaller doses as it is is a great detoxifier and quite safe. My skin actually looks noticeably better than it did before this whole ordeal, and I'm pretty sure that it's because of the cleansing/detoxifying properties of ACV.

Also, going forward, I'm going to be much nicer to my kidneys and stop dehydrating myself. I was really really really bad about making sure I drank enough water.

This experience did make me realize I needed to find a doctor who knows both schools of medicine. The problem with using a holistic remedy and then going to a real doctor for follow up after, which is what I did, is that if you tell them what you used, they have absolutely no idea what it means. The doctor I saw today seemed very nice and intelligent and attentive, but his eyes went completely blank when I told him about the holistic ACV remedy I used. Today I did manage to find the ONE doctor in town that meets all my criteria, in that he uses holistic and modern medicine, has excellent credentials, and takes my insurance, and I'll be scheduling another follow up with him. Ironically, it turns out his office is right around the corner from me.

I think modern medicine has its place and values, but to me it's a last resort; I'll try natural remedies first.I am really glad I went for the follow up just for the peace of mind. Kidney infections are not something to play around with. I can now really relax for the first time in over a week.

(Edit/disclaimer: A few users pointed out that this may not work for all types of stones and may aggravate some. Proceed at your own risk.)


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 8th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
While this regiment may work for you for your kidney stones. This is not going to be a one size fits all treatment for kidney stones. There are a couple of causes for Kidney stones. And from the type of treatment you are recommending here would make my kidney stones worse not better.

I am not trying to be snarky or mean. I just wanted to point out that this won't help every one who suffers from kidney stones. It can be very helpful to get a kidney stone analysis or a urine analysis so you know what type of stone you are have so you can adjust your diet accordingly.

I suffer from kidney stones that are mostly made of mostly oxalate. I pass 2-4 stones on average every year. But that is mostly because I have found that I have health issues if I follow my kidney stone avoidance diet to closely.
May. 9th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
I agree, I have the same sorts of stones. To reiterate what ladysilverlark mentioned, there are different types of stones- it would be helpful for you to mention what type you had so someone with a different type doesn't follow this regimin and end up worse off!

May. 8th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
I had kidney stones last year and it was awful thanks for this post, definitely gonna give this method a try if i get a relapse!!
May. 8th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
I would actually disagree with brushing immediately after the ACV, because the acid will have softened the enamel. Chase with water, rinse your mouth out, and brush in 20 minutes or so when the softening effect has passed, otherwise the brushing will actually help it to erode faster. I've seen this advice given in regards to brushing after drinking lemonade (on the Master Cleanse), kombucha, all kinds of acid things.
May. 9th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
This is what my dentist as told me also -- to rinse with water after drinking something acidic, but to wait ~20 minutes to brush because the acid will have softened the enamel.
May. 12th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
The best way is to ALWAYS use a straw.... it might be easier to just drink something accidic down fast, but in the long run your teeth will pay. USE STRAWS!
May. 9th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
thank you posting! absolutely love this!
May. 9th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
It's going to depend on what your kidney stones are caused by, as they can be caused by different mineral deposits build up. A "normal" doctor can run the tests on you to see what is causing your build up, but then will probably recommend you get the ultrasonic break up, which is pretty costly in the US thanks to our fabulous health care system. My husband's stones were caused by a lack of citric acid so he was prescribed to drink lemon water, and since then his stone symptoms have subsided significantly.
Also there is a Mexican folk remedy Phyllanthus niruri also called the stonebreaker. You can get it from Dave's Garden.
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