Home Remedies for Kidney Stones

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Kidney stones are a very common health problem. They form from the chemicals in urine, such as uric acid, phosphorous, calcium and oxalic acid. Other common causes of kidney stones are excessive consumption of vitamin D, a mineral imbalance, dehydration, gout and an improper diet.


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Irrespective of the size of the kidney stones, they can cause severe pain. Other symptoms include a desire to urinate frequently, painful urination, nausea, vomiting and excessive sweating.

In addition to conventional medications, a majority of cases can be treated with the help of natural ingredients as well. Many of them also will help prevent stones from developing in the future.

Moreover, make sure to drink plenty of water. If you drink eight to 10 glasses of water along with other kinds of fluids daily, the color of your urine will become clear, which is a good sign.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for kidney stones. Also, do consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

1. Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

The combination of lemon juice and olive oil is traditionally used as a home remedy to expel gallbladder stones but it can also be used to treat kidney stones. The citric acid present in lemons helps break down calcium-based kidney stones and stops further growth.

  1. Take four tablespoons or a quarter cup of fresh lemon juice.
  2. Add an equal amount of olive oil.
  3. Drink this mixture followed by plenty of water.
  4. Do this two to three times a day, up to three days. You need not continue this remedy if you pass the stones in a single dose.

Warning: This remedy may not be suitable for passing large kidney stones. Make sure you consult a doctor before taking this remedy.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps dissolve kidney stones. It also has an alkalinizing effect on blood and urine.

  1. Mix two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey in one cup of warm water.
  2. Drink this a few times a day.

3. Pomegranate

Both the seeds and juice of pomegranates have astringent properties that can help in the treatment of kidney stones.

  • Try to eat one whole pomegranate or drink one glass of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice daily. You can mix pomegranate in a fruit salad also.
  • Another option is to grind one tablespoon of pomegranate seeds into a fine paste. Eat this paste along with a cup of horse gram soup once daily. This remedy will help dissolve the stones. You can find horse gram in Indian markets.

4. Nettle Leaf

The nettle leaf helps maintain the flow of water through the kidneys and bladder, thus promoting smooth urination. At the same time, nettle leaf helps keep crystals from forming into stones and keeps bacteria away. Nettle tea will also enhance the benefits of water by acting as a natural diuretic.

  1. Add two teaspoons of dried nettle leaf to a cup of hot water.
  2. Let it steep for 10 minutes and then strain it.
  3. Drink two to three cups of nettle tea daily for several weeks.

5. Basil

Basil is regarded as a tonic for the kidneys and thus it is good for the organs’ overall health. Basil can also help induce stone expulsion from the urinary tract.

  • Mix one teaspoon each of basil juice and honey. Take it daily in the morning for five to six months. If you do not like the taste of honey, you can take pure basil juice or chew two to three basil leaves daily.
  • Another option is to drink basil tea. Steep five to six basil leaves in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Add a teaspoon of honey and drink this tea after it cools.

6. Watermelon

Watermelon is a great way to treat kidney stones composed of calcium and magnesium phosphates and carbonates. The potassium present in watermelon is an essential ingredient for healthy kidneys. It helps regulate and maintain the acid level in urine.

Along with potassium, watermelon also contains a high concentration of water, which helps in flushing out stones from the kidneys. Eating watermelon regularly can help greatly in the treatment as well as prevention of kidney stones. You can have watermelon seed tea as well.




  1. Home Remedies for Kidney disease. I need advice big time. I saw my doctor today and he told me that I have Kidney disease. So now I have to see a Endocrinologist and Nephrologist Drs. Is there anything that I can take to help?

  2. Aftabahmedjama April 18, 2013, 7:46 pm

    Very informative and easy solutions to the kidney problems ESP stones…all the general public needs to be informed of such benefits of natural products..

    • I had a 6mm size on my right uretor and my doctor gave me Epimag solution and Omnic ocas(alpha blocker) for 1 week. I tried home remedies also. lemon juice (two big lemons) with 2 table spoon Olive oil for first week and from second week onwards I tried Apple Cider Vinegar(organic) 2 table spoon with enough water two times a day. I never felt that the stone had passed. But after one month I had an ultrasound scan and, my luck, the stone passed.I dont know which medicine worked for me.
      Thanks for Home remedies! and my doctor!

  3. Sir, what types of Basil you reccommended for this pupose because there are different types of Basil ? In my native place small leave and light blakish basil is availabled.

    Thank you.

    • I have holy basil in my home because Indian worship basil which we call TULSI so I want to find out whichis good holi basil or the other type which is available in fruit market

  4. Doctor, Thanks for this nice article on treatment for kidney stones. I will practice those steps to eliminate kidney stones which developed because I was taking insufficient water while consuming large amounts of oxidants and vitamin D.

  5. I have kidney stones due to dehydration . Thank you for the recommended remedies which I will follow.

  6. I have had kidney stone in my right side for about 4 years and so far no problems as I drink alot of water like 2 litres a day. I love drinking water than any other drink anyway. I am prone to infections in the bladder due to the kidney stone but antibiotics takes care of that. I have tried some of the above remedies but drinking lots of water is the best remedy for me.

  7. rizalina quinto July 23, 2013, 10:40 am

    thats very informative good to know such information that really helps

  8. rizalina quinto July 23, 2013, 10:45 am

    you can help plenty people using your web site thank you

  9. its awesome article…

  10. i have stone in my kidney and it pains alot oftenly.My parents and my lovely frnd name switty always force me to drink plenty of water daily with lemonade .it really works..i am also going to try above remedies .

  11. my dr. said i have several stones in my lower part of my kidney, not big enough to do anything about it. but she told me to drink plenty of water. i have passed 3 in the past 2mm 4mm & a 8mm yes 8mm stone and i kept that one as a testimony to what God did. i thank God for this web site and the remedies. i will try anything to get these pest out of me and to feel normal again.pray for me!

    • I have 2 stones 3mm in both kidneys. I drink a lot of water, lemon juice and a safoof of Hakeem Saifullah of my city. This safoof really works.

    • I started passing stones 8 so far, in my 40’s. Now at age 68 I have another. Doc said they call it a silent stone, lays there and suddenly starts to move…often it rolls back to where it was . He said going after it might cause damage.

      I read of treatment that has you drink 3 bottles of the darkest beer you an find. You drink 1 every 20 min. (3in 1 hour) I tried it 3 yrs ago and it worked. The beer numbs the urea tube and you’ pee like a racehorse. Why black? I don’t know, but I passed 3 stones. Now I don ‘t like beer and hate black, but it did the job. I think if you google Finland study and k stones, also univ Wisconsin and k stones, or black beer and k stones you can find the tests.

  12. I really need a remedy for my mothers health. She started experiencing this problem of recent. For two days she could not pass out urine each time she wants to pee. Now she can urinate freely but with some little particles of stones coming out with the urine. U can imagine the kind of pain she passes through before she pee.

  13. I got kidney stones i’m passing them is very painful but at the same time I’m having headaches and chills the body aches all over and feel Dizzy those symptoms are normal

    • I have been having problems with kidney stones for the past 7 years I went too hospital of april 2013 and they said I had a stone of 10 mm they wanted me to do surgery I refused it in January 0f 2014 I was having lots of pain in my left kidney I have not passed that stone yet at the same time that I was in a lot pain I got hungry I made me a sandwich and I wanted a dill pickle I took a bite of it and I started feeling relief so I took another bite and started feel a little bit better so I started drinking the dill pickle juice and I haven’t felt pain since . before all that I was having some kind of pain daily it was getting that I was peeing dark brown it look like tea ! so maybe I discovered something I don’t know but I ain’t felt pain for over month 1/2 and no discolor in my pee

  14. I got kidney stones i’m passing them is very painful but at the same time I’m having headaches and chills the body aches all over and feel Dizzy those symptoms are normal and I a lot of blood

  15. Thanks for the help I’m diffiently going to give these ideas a try.

  16. iam md rahim 25 yrs old male iam having 2 stones inside kidney calyx measuring 2-4mm respectively can i pass them by your remedy of olive oil and lime mixture if so then i’ll follow it plz help me out in this situation

  17. thks for ur tips.. I got suffered pain from both the kidney one by one, right kidney one time got suffered and left kidney got suffered two times.,, consulted doctor, had medicine as suggested, had plenty of water as advised. I jst want to knw whether this issue is cureable or has to face again & again in future..

  18. It really work.

  19. Thnx for such article.In this bsy life one does gets tme to look after onself properly bt by following some of these above facts we can avoid stones in kidney.I too hv a stone in my left kidney.

  20. Srinivasan Seetharaman July 31, 2014, 12:49 am

    My mother used to cook the stem of Banana tree once in a month which prevents forming the stones in any part at all and removes if any already there.

    • What do you mean ? Do u boil it and drink the water or eat the stem (is that the top part of the bunch of bananas?) Thank you in advance

  21. thanks, its indeed educating.

  22. Khalid Saifullah July 31, 2014, 11:12 am

    Nice tips.

  23. thanx for the tips

  24. Very useful tips

  25. kidney stone is very painful disease i operated it but create it very soon. doctors of all over india and world, requesting that will search medicine of dissolve stone.

  26. its awesome article…

  27. thank you very much for the article…god bless you..

  28. Kidney stones and painful obsession I have fought and permanently get rid of kidney stones

  29. PRIYAKANTI BANERJEE May 30, 2015, 7:23 am

    Yes, in our bengali food habits we do eat the curry of banana stem(internal stem) but it was not known to us that it works on kidney stones and expels them.Thanks.

  30. teresaAugust 27, 2015, 3:49 am

    I just found out I have kidney stones and my back hurts so much..but the doctor said they are very small. I drink 8 bottles of water a day…how well I know they pass.. can someone give me a answer…


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