3 Top Natural Remedies for Bladder Stones

| Modified on Jun 19, 2024
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Bladder stones, also known as urinary tract stones or urolithiasis, are hard mineral deposits that can form in the bladder. These stones can cause significant discomfort and pain when they obstruct the flow of urine.

While medical interventions such as lithotripsy or surgery are often necessary to remove bladder stones, natural remedies can be effective in treating and preventing their recurrence. In this article, we explore three popular natural remedies for bladder stones: lemon juice and olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and chanca piedra.

The Differences Between Bladder Stones and Kidney Stones

Bladder stones and kidney stones are not the same thing. Although it is possible for a kidney stone to travel to the bladder, it remains a kidney stone in the bladder. Bladder stones form within the bladder, while kidney stones form within the kidney.

While both types of stones may contain some similar minerals, the underlying causes for each type of stone are generally different. Bladder stones often result from insufficient bladder emptying due to an underlying health condition, while kidney stones are typically caused by mineral imbalances.

Both types of stones can be influenced by inadequate water intake and nutritional deficiencies, and some treatments may be similar. It is important to consult a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment of bladder stones and kidney stones.

Causes and Risk Factors for Bladder Stones

Bladder stones form due to a range of underlying conditions that prevent complete bladder emptying. In men, an enlarged prostate can impede the flow of urine and cause urine to accumulate in the bladder, creating an environment conducive to stone formation. Additionally, individuals with neurogenic bladder, a condition characterized by nerve damage that impairs bladder function, are at heightened risk for bladder stones.

This condition can arise from neurological disorders such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, and spinal cord injuries and can lead to incomplete emptying of the bladder, promoting stone development. Concentrated urine due to dehydration and certain medications can also increase the likelihood of bladder stones. If you experience symptoms such as urinary pain, frequent urination, or blood in the urine, it is important to seek medical attention promptly to determine if bladder stones are the underlying cause.

Natural Remedies for Bladder Stones

Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

A blend of fresh lemon juice and quality olive oil can be taken together as a natural remedy for bladder stones. Mix 2 ounces of each ingredient with a pinch of salt to improve the taste. This mixture should be consumed 2-3 times a day on an empty stomach and followed by a glass of water. While it may take several days for the stone to pass, this remedy can be an effective treatment option.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Consuming apple cider vinegar daily in water can help dissolve bladder stones over time. This natural remedy can be effective in preventing the recurrence of bladder stones.

Chanca Piedra

Chanca Piedra, also known as "Stone Breaker," is an herb that can be taken in capsule, tincture, or tea form to naturally dissolve a variety of types of stones. This herb has been shown to be an effective treatment option for bladder stones and has helped many people.

Bladder Stone Prevention

To prevent bladder stones from forming again, it is essential to address the underlying cause. Even if the cause is a chronic condition such as Parkinson's or a stroke, there are still several things you can do to prevent the recurrence of stones.

One crucial step is to stay well hydrated by drinking high-quality fluids. Although many people are aware of the importance of drinking plenty of water, few actually do so. You should reduce your intake of coffee and limit consumption of sodas and energy drinks. Herbal tea is a good option if you prefer flavored drinks, and adding a squeeze of fresh lemon to your water can improve its taste while also providing health benefits. Fresh fruits, particularly watermelon, are also helpful for staying hydrated and promoting bladder health. Even the seeds of watermelon can be eaten as a snack.

Another recommended drink for bladder health is a mixture of a tablespoon of raw, organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of unsweetened cranberry juice each day. It is important to avoid artificial sweeteners in the juice.

Have you used a natural remedy to get rid of bladder stones? We would love to hear your story! Continue reading below to learn how our readers have treated their bladder stones.

Bladder Stone Remedies

Posted by Dolly (China) on 05/24/2019

Hello, I confirmed with the Doctor today that I have a large (1.7cmsx1.0cms)bladder stone. Can I dissolve naturally? Thanks.

Replied by Teena
(Melbourne, Australia)
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Dolly, many have had success with chanca piedra tea for breaking of stones.

Horsetail Herb

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Posted by Gdm (Florida) on 01/31/2016

To get rid of bladder stones take 5 drops of Equisetum hyemale (horsetail) tincture in one teaspoon of water 4 times a day. It works wonderfully.

Replied by Dave
(Maple Falls, WA)

Does this remedy, slowly melt the stone away, or does it release it immediately?? Have a 22mm stone??

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Hi Dave,

The herbal supplement Chanca Piedra, on EC is generally considered a very good supplement for kidney stones and sometimes for gall stones. It is thought to act as a preventative based on studies and as a means of breaking large stones into smaller stones that can be passed with minimal to no pain.

Here is a link to a typical product:



(faithville, Us)

Chanca Piedra Herbal Benefits (earthclinic.com), I buy swanson brand and they run out of it a lot so I buy more than one to keep around for my daily use of borax in my water it releases calcium from soft tissues and that can be painful. Stones are usually from dehydration. Hope you get quick results.

Blessings, charity


Does anyone know if horsetail is a slow melting or rapid release of the bladder stone?

Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

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Posted by Kerry (Uk) on 09/09/2016

6mm bladder stone: GONE!!

I have to admit I was a little sceptical and the thought of downing shots of a solution of olive oil and lemon juice made me want to gag..the reviews (and the pain! ) convinced me to give it a try. I am 14 weeks pregnant and have always suffered from cystitis, UTIs and kidney infections but since becoming pregnant, I felt like I had a permanent UTI, despite a course of antibiotics. My pregnancy ultrasound, the sonography spotted a 6mm stone in my bladder. The pain and symptoms were getting progressively worse but all the medics told me they couldn't do anything as I was pregnant. The thought of enduring this for the next 6months was awful. Then your website! Did four lots of oil and lemon yesterday and another two today. Whereas yesterday, the pain seemed to ease after each shot for a while, this afternoon it felt like it was worsening and had a very 'sharp' feeling down below. Went to the loo and thought my urine was a little pink so worried it may contain blood. Drank lots more warm water and then collected the next lot in a container to see if there was blood present and there was the stone!! Didn't even feel it! Hope that is the end of it and good riddance! But thank god for your website!

Replied by Sandra
(New york)

1. How much of the lemon and olive in each shot? 2. Do u follow it up with water immediately after? 3. How soon before or after did u have meals? Thank you@