Kidney Stones
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Kidney Stone Remedies from Home!

Oct 17, 2017

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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Alcohol and Kidney Stones  

Posted by Jandrew (Naples, Florida) on 01/05/2010

can anyone tell me if alcohol or wine helps produce kidney stones. i know draft beer does but dont know about the above. thanks. going to try the apple cider

Replied by Chris
Miami, Fl

Beer and wine contains oxolates and will reduce your risk of kidney stones. My wife could not believe the Urologist actually prescribed me to drink as much beer as possible to pass the stone!

As prevention wine and beer along with plenty of water will reduce kidney stone formation.

Replied by No-nonsense
Tucson, Arizona

Alcohol is your enemy when it comes to kidney stone formation. I also had a urologist recommend beer to pass kidney stones. She, like many urologists, didn't have a clue about nutrition. Yes, beer, like coffee, is a diuretic. But it also dehydrates you and contains oxalates (acid constituent in calcium oxalate kidney stones). If you want to pass a kidney stone, drink A LOT of water (I have passed 8 of them, I know). Always stay hydrated. There is a reason why Arizona is considered the kidney stone capital of the US, namely dehydration. That in combination with consuming chocolate, coffee, alcohol, soy products and other bitter substances (rhubarb, spinach, etc. ). The other danger is sugar. Sugar and artificial sweeteners. They deplete your body's ability to absorb magnesium, which helps make calcium soluble to the body. If you are not absorbing the calcium, then your body eliminates it, which means it passes through your kidneys, thereby increasing the chance of kidney stone formation. Avoid sugars and artificial sweeteners. I had a hard time changing my diet (oh, avoid nuts too), but your long-term health is more important than being able to enjoy a chocolate ice cream with nuts on top.

Replied by Howard
Sarasota, Fl

Yes, alcohol should be avoided according to any urologist who's up-to-date on research. All alcohol has oxalates, and research has figured out that oxalates are what causes most people's stones. If you have a stone removed thru surgery, or if you pee it out and capture it in a screen (they give you at the hospital but you can probably buy them), they can find out if it's an oxalate stone or not. But most of them are, so you should avoid oxalates as much as reasonable. They are in a lot of foods, and in all alcohol, so best to avoid alcohol so you're free to eat some oxalate foods like chicken, beef, fish, most veggies, most fruits and many nuts. You can eat some of the above, but if you eat a lot, your risk goes way higher. Since you need to eat and most foods have oxalates, better to cut the alcohol so you can eat normal foods more often.

Replied by Michelle
Durban, South Africa

I had 4-6mm kindney stones for the first time in my life after I had my son. And thereafter like clockwork, every year around the same time, I was hospitalised and had them removed. The last time I ended up with kidneystanes and severe kidney infection, which caused my kidneys to bleed severely. This in turn caused complications. I developed pneumonia and my lungs collapsed, due to shallow breathing because of the severe pain when my diaphram touched the inflamed kidneys.

I was hospitalised for 3 weeks!! It was hell and very scary.

Before I fell pregnant, I developed an affinity for Margeritas! However, I din't have any alcohol during my pregnancy of course. Could the Tequila have caused the stones?

I also developed an accute craving for normal tea, with milk and suger when I fell pregnant. I had never used to drink normal tea at all until then. Throughout my pregnancy I drank gallons of tea.

And especially when I was breastfeeding> It was insane!! Could the tea have contributed to the annual occurence of kidney stones?

Tequila or tea? as this is the only two thing I added to my diet just before I started getting kidney stones.


Replied by Marvelousme50
Brownstown, Il

Michelle from Durban, South Africa to answer your question tea and tequila can cause kidney stones. I used to drink iced tea every day because I love the taste of it but I will not drink any iced tea anymore because it contains oxalates and oxalates cause kidney stones. Also tequila I believe has oxalates also. As other people on here have mentioned alcohol causes dehydration. Dehydration can cause kidney stones. I avoid sodas too because they cause me to develop kidney stones especially caffeinated sodas. I drink only water and Powerade Zeros because they have electrolytes and replace lost fluids. They are sugar free and I do not like the artifical sweetners but I am watching how much sugar I ingest. I hope this information helps you. I have passed many stones and I am sure the stones I did pass were because I drank much iced tea many years ago and drank many sodas and any alcohol I consumed did not help either.

Please try the lemon juice and olive oil remedy recommended on here. It has helped me out very much. Apple cider vinegar helps also. I have also used baking soda for the burning pain in my urinary tract. Also drink plenty of water. I would recommend at least 64 ounces or 8-8 ounce cups of water or as much as possible. These cures have helped me very much and kept me from having to go to the ER. I hope this information helps you. :)

Replied by Darlam68
Rancho Mirage, Ca

I have a question as to how much of the remedies do I consume as far and measurements of the ingredients? This is all soo much great information, and I am so thankful to finally come across this site! And I really want to start on the remedies right away, I dont have health care insurance and the medical care I do have is county funded so its not that I'm getting care, which I'mnot really getting anywhere with this, and I do have the symptoms of kidney stones, for about well a month and a half now and still the dr isnt sure wat it is and I try to explain it to the dr but all he had to ask me was have I ever suffered from depression? seriously? I know I'm not depressed, I'm just in pain! And I am watching what I eat and I drink alot of water and I am in the bathroom at least every 15 to 30 minutes..... So I thank god for this site and to all of you for sharing this information! Bless you all!

Replied by Kara
Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada.

I have kidney stones and gallstones. Are these safe for both? Sorry First timer here, I just dont want to get surgery for something that can be fixed at home.

Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa

You shouldn't need to have surgery for kidney stones and gallstones. There are all sorts of remedies and products out there that can remove gallstones and kidney stones.


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Posted by Katy (Mt Carmel, Il, Usa) on 07/08/2011
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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.

Replied by Varunkant
Sundernagar, Himachal Pradesh, India

Hi, How much days it took to dissolve, I have also a uric acid stone in kidney and I am following your procedure from 2 days but I dont feel anthing happing inside my kidney.

I have also tried lemon juice and olive oil but did not work for me. Could you please guide me.

Posted by Tami (Stettler, Canada) on 11/29/2007
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Dissolve kidney stones in 3 days-no pain. you need:
Day 1
6 limes
4 liters water (16 cups)
alfala tablets

Mix limes w/water drink throughout the day. Every waking hour take 2 alfalfa tablets.

Days 2&3
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.

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Posted by Epeach (Ga) on 10/09/2017
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About 2 weeks ago I began taking apple cider vinegar(1 tablesp. each morning) for weight loss. What inspired me was my daughter started taking it in May and has lost around 50 lbs.

Yesterday morning I had a tinge of pain when I went to the bathroom and I saw a spot of blood. I am a female so you probably know what I thought. Well, a few minutes later I had the urge to go to the bathroom again. Again, I had just a small pinch of pain, no blood. I looked in the toilet and saw a white blob at the bottom of the bowl. About 18 years ago I went to the ER with what happened to be kidney stones. I had to have surgery to have them removed. Thinking that might be what I just passed, I jumped on the computer and went to Earth Clinic to read about ACV and kidney stones. That's what it was!!!

Thank you everyone for posting your experiences! I will continue using the ACV in case there are more. That pain I can tolerate, for sure! If you have ever had a kidney stone you will never forget the pain, and this was just a tinge, yea! I am not sure if the Lugol's iodine and complementry supplements, along with lemon water and baking soda, I am also taking, could have had a contribution, but I have also eliminated sugar, bread, tea, and soda from my diet....which were my addictions.

Posted by Ngozi (Nigeria) on 07/08/2016
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I had back pains in the kidney region and was a size 22. my sister nk recommended ACV to me in march 2016 and I took 2tbs in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning and last thing in the night before bed. I had sever pains in the waist but continued and this stopped after some days. Am now down to dress size 16 and all pains in my kidney area has stopped. I did not diet or exercise but the weight just dropped off.

Posted by Saj (Uk) on 06/11/2015
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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
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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
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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.

Replied by Stephen
Powdersville, S.c.

So, what happened in April? Any further Xrays, CT Scan?

Posted by Betsey (Plainfield, Vt) on 03/10/2014
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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.


Replied by Tarun
Amritsar, Punjab, India

Dear, I have a 11.8 mm stone in right ureter at uretrovesicle junction. Stone size has been increased from 7mm to 11.8 mm in 1.5 year. Can this natural remedy work for my stone too? And how long should I continue to take this remedy and also what precautions should I take? Kindly guide me for my queries?

Posted by Many Stones (Orange County, California) on 10/06/2013
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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 :)

Replied by Irshad
Delhi, India

hi I want to ask a qution that apple cider Vinegar. is normal apple juice or some diffrent juice or spacial juice, if not a simple apple juice how can get it? madical store or other way tell me. thanks

Replied by Kimmi
Springfield, Mo.
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HI, Irshad,

Sorry no one has answered your question here. (After three years! )It is Apple Cider VINEGAR. It is derived from apples. Make sure it's raw and unfiltered and has the "mother". That's the nasty-looking brownish stringy stuff in it that makes it LOOK totally unappealing. Lol! Trust me, you will NEED ACV with the mother, that's what does all the medicinal work. You can find it in SOME supermarkets, but not all. I do believe ALL health food stores carry it. Look around your area. If you can't find it, I KNOW you can buy it online. Check around, though, because some places charge outrageous prices for it, and others don't.

I hope this helps in case you get another bout of kidney stones. Unless you've had surgery for it by now! Either way, good luck to you!


Replied by Jeri

Beer as well as some teas cause stones, water is the best beverage for getting rid of stones.

Replied by Jeri

Beer as well as some teas cause stones, water is the best beverage for getting rid of stones.

Posted by Warriorsbond (Anchorage, Ak) on 09/07/2013
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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.

Replied by Shoo
Los Angeles, California, United States

If the bottle says the words 'Apple' & 'Vinegar' then it's the same thing as 'Apple Cider Vinegar'.

Your question however is a little confusing, because in one part you're asking if Cider Vinegar is equal to Apple Cider and in another part you mention that in your country you can find Apple Vinegar but not Apple Cider Vinegar. So, I don't know if you're asking about Apple Cider or Apple Cider Vinegar or Apple Vinegar.

I'm not sure which of those 3 you were asking the difference about. But I did a google search for you by asking the question " What is the differenece between apple cider vinegar & cider vinegar". Below, i'm including the link for the site answering the question as well as a copy paste of a paragraph from that page.

"Cider vinegar and apple cider vinegar are by and large the same product.... Cider vinegar is usually made by fermenting apple or other fruit juice using a substance called "Mother of Vinegar, " which contains bacteria. The bacteria break down the sugars in the juice to acetic acid and malic acid, resulting in the sour-flavored vinegar."

Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada

Apple Cider is apple juice. Apple Cider Vinegar is fermented Apple Cider

Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand

Apple cider vinegar, would be the same as apple vinegar, their are two types of yeast, one for vinegar and one for alcohol.

Posted by Shri Shekhar Das (Mumbai, Maharashtra) on 01/30/2013

I am having 10mm calculi in left kidney and 5 mm in right kidney. What should be the dose (in ml) of Apple cider vinegar I have to take per day and how (with water / with apple juice)?

Replied by Daniel
Edmonton, Alberta

magnesium supplements, vit b6 plus 1 cup celery juice nightly. Those combination is enough not to pass the stone but to dissolve it completely. lemon and Apple Cider Vinegar is good but taking it continuosly will irritate your throat.

Replied by Rahil
Delhi, India

Danial, how many days I should use magnesium supplements, vit b6 plus 1 cup celery juice nightly? Also, can you let me know safe doses of Mag + B6 supplements.

Replied by Daniel Cruz
Edmonton, Alberta

if for prevention purposes only, every other day is enough. If there s already a stones that giving you too much discomfort, make it nightly (magnesium plus vit b6). But those 2 is not enough. Celery juice is still the most important. 1 cup nightly and within 2 weeks you will see the results. If you want to know more especially if you have gout, e mail me. Dc_0927(at) ( my advice is free. I am a gout sufferer too and tried so many herbal, supplement from internet, herbal from india, etc)

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

Replied by Grubfest
Los Angeles, California

I recently went to the ER for a 12mm kidney stone which the urologist said was too big to pass. There were no empty slots at the OR for 3 months so I couldn't get it blasted right away. A stent placement was done instead. I started reading up about ACV and so far I drink a glass of water with 1-2 teaspoons of ACV and a bit of honey in the morning and in the afternoon. The ACV bottle label will show you how much to drink in a day. Also drink lots of water!! I never used to drink much water which most likely caused the stone formation. The urologist/ physician said I didn't have to avoid any kind of food and this was honestly baffling. I did research online and found out about oaxalates and other things that may contribute to kidney stones. I sure am glad I didn't take the urologist's word for it!!

Posted by Mitzy (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) on 11/16/2012
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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!

Replied by Jacinda
Greenville, Nc Us

Hey, did you drink a certain amount of ACV? I got a 9mm I want to dissolve it and avoid the trip to the hospital.