A kidney stone is a hard, crystallise mineral material formed within the kidney or urinary tract. Nephrolithiasis is the medical term for kidney stones. The kidneys filter the blood and remove the extra waste and water as urine. Many waste chemicals are in the urine. They can sometimes form crystals that clump together to make stones.
There are four main types of kidney stones:
Pain is typically the first sign of a kidney stone. Known as ‘renal colic’, the pain usually begins when a stone moves from where it has formed into the urinary tract. This causes a gripping pain in the back, just below the ribs, it can spread around the front of the body and sometimes towards the groin. Other features that appear in few of the cases are:
Kidney stones form when there is a decrease in urine volume and/ or an excess of stone- forming substances in the urine.
Diagnosis of kidney stones is best accomplished using an ultrasound, intravenous pyelography (IVP), or a CT Scan.
Kidney Stones as per Ayurveda:
In Ayurveda, Kidney Stones are referred as “Mutrashmari”. Mutra means urine and Ashmari means stones. The basic causative factor & symptom for Mutrashmari is tridosha aggravation. When Vata is accumulated in Vasti (urinary bladder), due to its Ruksha guna (dry- rough quality), it stimulates to dry up Mutra (urine), Shukra converts to urine crystals. The Kapha dosha is Guru (dominant), Snigdha (oily), it binds those crystals/ gravels together to make a soft stone like structure. Pitta dosha by its paka Karma completes the stone formation.
Due to the above factors, the urine gets concentrated and its acidity increases. The reduced quantity of urine leads to increased dryness, sedimentation of salts, obstruction of urine flow, leading to stone formation. It results in painful urination. Often, it is associated with burning sensation. As the muscular tone is reduced, fatigue is complained in the localized area, pain is found in the nearby parts like bladder, flanks, back, urethra, etc.
Types and its features:
Vataja Ashmari symptoms:
Complications of Kidney stones :
Debility, fatigue, emaciation, anaemia, acute renal failure, recurrent or persistent urinary infection.
Line of treatment according to Ayurveda:
Mild oleation (Snehana).
Medicines which are penetrative (Teekshna Ushna) and break the stones (Ashmari Bhedana), diuratics (Muthala Dravyas)- to flush out the small sized kidney stones, sufficient water intake, watery food intake, coolants (Sheetala Upachara) and remedies to balance Vata are helpful to relieve Ashmari/stone.
According to the Dosha imbalance each variety of calculi is treated easily and successfully.
We can also treat according to the stage of the disease:
Single drugs useful in Urinary Calculi / Kidney stones:
Herbal Formulations used in Ashmari/ Kidney Stones:
It is advisable to practice yoga along with medicines to relieve the symptoms of calculi. Some of the Asana useful to reduce the conditions are:
Panchakarma Detox Therapies :
Panchakarma is suggested as it removes all the bad elements out of the body, by cleaning all body.
Self- care Tips:
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