Last Modified on May 23, 2016
What are Kidney Stones?
Kidney Stones are crystal aggregations of dissolved minerals in urine that usually form inside the kidneys or the bladder. These stones can often be successfully dissolved using inexpensive kidney stone remedies found at your local supermarket.
This can be a painful condition when stones are present in the kidney or bladder but especially when passing a kidney stone with the mineral accumulation lodged in the ureter. Kidney stone symptoms include significant pain near the kidneys (your back, near the sides and below the rib cage), painful urination, waves of pain that spread through the abdominal region and into the groins, and nausea or even vomiting. Your urine may show signs of blood, turning a shade from pink to brown and it may give off a particularly bad smell.
Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones
The most popular remedies used to eliminate Kidney Stones and also soothe the excruciating pain from kidney stones are: Lemon and Olive Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, and the herb Chanca Piedra, a common weed also known as the "stonebreaker". Over 250 people have reported a cure using the simple Lemon Juice and Olive Oil remedy, so we suggest you start by reading the feedback in that section first!
Also check out our page on the top Kidney Stone Home Remedy: Olive Oil and Lemon Juice!
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Remedies for Kidney Stones
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[YEA] i used all 3 treatments of apple cida vinegar ist for 2 days...then olive oil and lemon juice 2nd and finally alfalfa with lime ...and my kidney stones were gone-- probably dissolved..now i take magnesium and b-6 to keep them away....thank god for this website...dennis
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Tami (Stettler, Canada) on 11/29/2007
[YEA] Dissolve kidney stones in 3 days-no pain. you need:
4 liters water (16 cups)
Mix limes w/water drink throughout the day. Every waking hour take 2 alfalfa tablets.
throughout the day drink same amount of water-no limes and same amount of tablets. Simple. Avoid all caffine products including chocolate during this cleanse. I did a liver cleanse w/o cleansing kidneys first-I couldn't stand up straight for a week...after finding this cleanse, I've never had a problem since.
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Katy (Mt Carmel, Il, Usa) on 07/08/2011
[YEA] I had kidney stones and every 3 yrs they would develop... So I began drinking alot of water with baking soda in it.. Since that helps the water be more drinkable if you have hard water. Anyway the baking soda changes the pH of the body so that stones can disolve. Mine were the size of a 50 cent piece so I didn't think it would do any good.
I also took 10 alfalfa every 3 hrs.. As that also helps the pH. On Tues was told these stones needed to be blasted.. Was to be back on following Tues.. And cat scan did not show any stones at all. You can be sure I was very happy about that. Now I have the other kind of stones.... Calcium type.. And the others were Uric acid type. So am trying the olive oil and lemon for these. Am sure it will work... because of many examples on the site.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
107 User Reviews | 32 YEA | 4 BETTER BUT NOT CURED | 1 SIDE EFFECT Treatment
Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Kidney Stones
Home Remedy Ingredients:
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 Oz
- Filtered Water - Large Glass
To dissolve and pass a kidney stone with limited discomfort, mix 2 oz. of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink this ACV Tonic over a short period of time. Repeat this treatment the next day if necessary, but one dose is often enough to help you pass kidney stones within a days time.
YEA (32) 86% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (4) 11% SIDE EFFECT (1) 3%Posted by Saj (Uk) on 06/11/2015
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] HI. I had a severe pain starting at my flank in Feb 2015. I had paramedics treat me at work and also was pumped full of morphine but to no avail. I was admitted to my local hospital and was still in constant pain. The next day at the hospital,l I had an x-ray, ultrasound and a CT scan. I was told that I have 2 stones in my right kidney and the bigger one was 11mm. the day after I had a tube in my kidney to allow the fluid to drain. I opted to have ESWL therapy and was sent home for the appointment to come through which was in June 2015. this week I went to have the ESWL treatment and I told the Radiographer that I had a 11mm stone and a smaller one. when she checked on the ESWL machine Xray, she replied and said its not 11mm its smaller just by looking. she did say that it was an Ultrasound measurement and known to be incorrect. ( I thought the CT scan I had was for the reason for accuarte description of the stone and size).
Any way. I have been drinking lemon water with ACV twice daily and that may of helped to make them smaller. I have to go back in 2 weeks for an xray to see how the shockwaves have helped in breaking the stone. The ESWL treatment lasted for 25 minutes and was only painful in the last 10 minutes. nothing compared to what started this in Feb2015. I am in Birmingham, UK.
Posted by Jana (New York, US) on 04/12/2015
[YEA] Hello, I've been reading this amazing site regarding stones in the kidney and I MUST COMMENT! My Mom was recently hospitalized for cholangitis (infection in her gall bladder) and was throwing up food. Antiobiotics and hydration was key but it still lingered on. Doctors said it might also be blocked in her tube from her gall bladder. Needless to say, I came upon this site on how to get the stones out without all the fuss from doctors (who really did not offer anything to help, as my Mom is 83! )
I started to give her ACV (1 teaspoon) with purified water for the last day. Today, I see like a cloudy, white deposit in her already clear urine in her catheter tube. Is this the stone dissolved in her tube? I imagine it must be! Thank you for all your comments and recipes to help kidney stones.
Posted by Bingo (Charlotte, Nc) on 01/30/2015
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I am the queen of rock. In Nov I was x-rayed and told I have numerous stones in both kidneys. The largest in my left is 13 mm and 8 mm in the right. The doctor wants to do surgery. Lithotripsy doesn't work for me. Mine are too hard. I saw a post on FB about Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar "With the Mother." I decided to try it. I mix two teaspoons with 3/4 cup "cold" water three time a day and drink before meals. I had no pain when I started and urine had a bad odor. My sides started aching. After a month, urine no longer stinks and no pain. I cannot get x-rayed until April so I will continue until then. My stones are calcium oxalate and uric acid. I have taken medicine for both since 1990 and I continue taking it with the ACV. I will come back and give a report in April. Remember, regular ACV does not work. It has to have "with the mother" on the bottle. It's 5% acidic acid. This SCV interacts with certain medicines especially heart medicine so be careful.
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Posted by Betsey (Plainfield, Vt) on 03/10/2014
[YEA] Kidney Stones:I had one about 3 years ago & ended up in the ER. It was excruciating pain. Usual spiel. IV Demerol, armload of tests including a pregnancy test (I was about 60yo), etc. Given a "hat" with paper sieve and told to catch & strain all urine. They gave me a script for Tylenol w/codeine & told me to drink plenty of fluids. My insurance had to pay more than $4,000. During the night I passed a very small stone.
Yesterday I was kind of surprised to be coming down with the same symptoms. I was not at home and not able to do much about it except drink a lot of orange pekoe tea. When I got home I got online to see if I could find any home remedies because 1) I was not going back to the ER & 2) I knew there must be a better way.
I had apple cider vinegar because one friend had been touting it's healthful qualities, orange blossom honey, baking soda. The vinegar was off the shelf from the supermarket -- no fancy, smancy organic. AND I had distilled water which I use in my CPAP machine.
Use 1 oz (shot) of the vinegar in a large mug of very hot distilled water, added 1/4 tsp baking soda instinctively, a squirt of honey and drank it down over the next 1/2 hr or so. In the meantime dug out the heating pad because I don't have a hot water bottle.
Went to bed and up/down most of the night until I guess I must of fallen asleep (had "hat" in the toilet collecting all the urine). Awoke this morning and went to the bathroom and there was this rather large stone in the hat! I was very pleased.
I will continue with this remedy today and tomorrow adding Lemon Zinger tea bags to see if I pass anything further. I will also drop the stone off at theMDs to get it analyzed and make note to self to buy more distilled water. I WILL make a more concerted effort to increase my fluid intake. But at least I know that I don't have to go to the ER and spend my insurance companies money when a solution is at hand.Thank you for your help.
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Posted by Many Stones (Orange County, California) on 10/06/2013
[YEA] Just adding my 2 cents here about apple cider vinegar for kidney stones:
Have been getting kidney stones for 30 years, sometime a few times a year and then several years will go by before getting them again. I know diet has alot to do with it too. First time I got them was age 20, ended up in the hospital. The "tests" were just as painful as having the stones, and at that time it was less common for women to get them so most doctors didnt take it seriously. The doctor in the emergency room didnt and when he grabbed my side he got punched ( it was a reflex, lol ).
They are hereditary ( my dad got them ), I knew I'd better learn how to get rid of them and also prevent them in the future. So here is what has worked for me.
2 to 3 table spoons of Apple Cider Vinagar WITH MOTHERS. That is important as the " mothers" is the sediment in raw-unfiltered ACV. I use popular Organic brand. The regular ACV in the market is not the same and won't work like the raw-unfiltered.
Anyways... add the dosage to a cup or half cup of water ( hold your nose and drink all at once ) to start as this seems to start blasting or disolving the stones. After 10 minutes or so, start drinking alot of water, not all at once but normally then keep sipping it. You can also drink beer or anything else that makes you pee alot ( no soft drinks or sugary drinks or juices) you can drink tea if it makes you pee alot.
Do the dosage once a day. It wont hurt you to do it a couple times a day for the first few days but have heard that if you do it to much you can actually upset the natural ph balance in your system.
Try and not eat alot during the few days you will be focusing on breaking down the stones. Just keep doing the dosage and drinking water.
If you are like me, and depending on the size of the stones ( they all feel like boulders dont they! ), you can actually feel them as they start moving along in your system. You can also feel them just before they are getting ready to pass ( you might feel like you are about to pee a marble) , and this can take a couple days but at least you know they are on their way out of your system. Just to note... you dont always feel them when they are leaving, some are broken down so much you dont even notice YEAY!!!
Once you are feeling better, stop the ACV treatment for awhile. For maintance, use the same dosage etc. every so often.
Start using the ACV and Olive Oil as salad dressing and use Olive Oil and ACV in all your cooking. I don't mix the organic ACV with anything else as some here have and it has always worked for me.
Good luck and hope this helps :)
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Posted by Warriorsbond (Anchorage, Ak) on 09/07/2013
[YEA] Yea on apple cider vinegar and honey one tablespoon each in hot water drunk three times a day for kidney stones.
I had for years sand looking stones. I recently have had super high blood pressure and nothing was bringing it down medicine wise. I looked up stones can cause high blood pressure so I tried the vinegar sinse I bought a gallon jug recently for family member athletes foot.
In half a day I started having mucous in urine. I figure it was the stones breaking up. Another twenty four hours later no mucous at all and no sand looking stones either. My eye whites are white now. Its been a long time sinse that has been.
My blood pressure is down 20 points on the bottom number without medicine(yes I still take my meds though I mean it is that low before I take the meds)
I had for years tried the lemon juice etc. Lemons it is said is oxylate which produces the calcium stones. Baking soda is too high ph to disolve the stones. Vinegar is acidic enough to break down the stones.
I in the past ate a lot of beans, peanut butter and chili. Rofl. that is what did me in on the stones.
So my diet will change for the better. I am juicing now as well with the farmers market so cheap it helps on the organic foods.
Wanted to say thank you for the page as well. :D
Posted by Super Kidney Stone (Kabul, Afghanistan) on 05/11/2013
Hi every one, I have a weak english skills. So would you please tell me if apple cider vinegar is equal to apple cider. Because in my country, you can buy apple vinegar, but apple cider vinegar is unknown. (Afghanistan). Thank you very much.
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Posted by Rami Sidhom (Brossard, Quebec,canada) on 12/04/2012
hi.. I just got my first experiance with the kidney stone yesterday after 30 years with not even one stone and it was a horrible pain and as I found all of u confirmed they didn't do anything at the hospital, the same happened with me, just got pain killeres and bye bye have a nice day... So I looked over the intrenet and found ur site and I really like what I read cause its real experiance from real pepole... I can see a lot of u tried the apple cider vinegar and it worked with 90% of u.. But what I want to know is how to take it.. Like drink direct ?? and what is the amount per day. 1cup, 2cups?? or put it on salad ???.. And for a guy like me had from a long time the helicobacter pylori virus and my stomach is very senstive , , i'll be able to drink it without problems .. Thank for all of you for this priceless adivces
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Posted by Mitzy (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) on 11/16/2012
[YEA] I didn't even know I had kidney stones. I started drinking ACV in my water like suggestions on this site a few times a day. Over the course of a few weeks I had the most surprising thing happen to me. One day I saw one stone in the toilet after I urinated. I was shocked and thought it must be my eyes playing tricks on me. I continued with my day and latter in the day I saw another one in the toilet after urinating again.
When my husband came home from work that day I told him my story and told him how I had a dull ache in my back. Since he is the kidney stone expert in the family(he has had kidney stone attacks a few times). He told me that ya that was pretty typical feeling after the kidney stones pass. The amazing thing is I felt no pain at all before and during the process - just after a slight sensitivity. I was totally amazed!
ACV is now a regular regime in our house by all of us. Thanks for all the information at this site- it is just wonderful!
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Posted by Terrilyn (Chico, Calif. Usa) on 09/30/2012
[YEA] I had such pain I thought I would die I would have tried anything but not lemon and evoo, that would not go down. Kidney stones in both kidneys the right one for a long time but not accute the left one went bad really fast. I started to take the Apple Cider Vinegar but tried it with Apple juice like some one suggested. I MIXED 8 TABLESPONS WITH A GLASS OF APPLE JUICE. It took 3 days before it started to subside the 4th day tHe pain went away gradually, though, then it was gone not had any more pain since.
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