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Renal Calculi (Kidney Stone) (Vrukka Ashmari)
Renal calculi are solid accretions of mineral substances that are found in the urine. These can vary in size and number and are generally found in the ureters, bladder or the kidneys. The smallest kidney stones could be as much as a pinhead, while the largest could be the size of a grapefruit. Accumulation of minerals in the urine is a very normal phenomenon, and in most cases, they are passed out with the urine without any sensation to the person. However, if the mineral accretions accumulate into big sizes over time, then they are not eliminated the normal way. This is when sharp pains are felt in the flanks, abdomen and groin.

People who are at Risk of Renal Calculi (Vrukka Ashmari)
Kidney stones are not indiscriminate, i.e. they affect only particular types of people. The following are the groups of people who are more susceptible of developing kidney stones than others:-

People with complaints of high blood pressure (hypertension) are at more risk of getting kidney stones.

People who live on a diet rich in animal protein and low in fibers and fluids can get kidney stones due to mineral retention in their urinary tract.

People who are bedridden due to long illnesses can get stones in their kidneys.

People who have a family history of kidney stones may get it themselves, indicating a hereditary aspect of the problem.

People who work in stressful conditions are also probable targets of kidney stones.

People who have heartburn repeatedly and take antacids have greater chances of developing kidney stones.

At the same time, men have double the chances of getting kidney stones than women.

Symptoms of Kidney Stones or Renal Calculi (Vrukka Ashmari)

Renal calculi develop quite stealthily, as there are no observable symptoms of kidney stones in the early stages. As time advances, the person begins to feel the following symptoms of kidney stones:-
  • Need to urinate frequently
  • Severe pain in the flanks, lower abdomen and groin area
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Blood in the urine
  • Feelings of nausea and vomiting
  • Fear psychosis in traveling and consuming food.
  • Fever and chills.

Transmission of Renal Calculi (Vrukka Ashmari)
Renal calculi are non-communicable; they cannot be transmitted from one person to another. This is a metabolic disorder and arises due to problems in the physiology of excretion. However, the disorder can be genetically transmitted.

Diet for Preventing Renal Calculi (Vrukka Ashmari)
Several foods can increase the chances of getting renal calculi. The following is a list of such foods, which must be avoided:-

Milk and milk products such as chocolates, cheese and butter are harmful to people with a propensity towards kidney stone.

Vitamin C can help minerals crystallize in the urine. Hence, all sources of vitamin C such as oranges, lemons, tomatoes, etc. must be avoided by people who have a history of renal calculi.

Spices must be reduced in the diet. Special avoidance of black pepper and red chili must be followed.

Foods with vitamin D supplements in them also must be avoided.

Vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus and spinach can bring about faster crystallization of minerals in the urine.

Fruits such as apples, figs, pineapples and berries must also be avoided as they are rich in mineral iron content.

Alcohol must be strictly avoided, especially beer as it is brewed with Brewer’s Yeast.

If the urine of the person is acidic, then most probably there is mineralization due to excessive flesh foods. Such people must avoid all the three kinds of flesh foods, viz. meat, fish and poultry.

Beverages such as tea and coffee must be reduced.

At the same time, the person must take a large amount of fluids, especially water. In most cases, people can get the stones broken down by drinking a lot of water and then allowing a strong flow of urine to pass out through their urethra.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Kidney Stones
The following is a list of the most prominent Ayurvedic herbs used in the kidney stones treatment, with their actions on the human body.

Holy Basil (Tulsi)- Holy basil has a capability to strengthen the kidneys and thus improve their excretory function. 1 Teaspoon juice of tulsi leaves taken every morning on daily basis with honey for six months will cause the expulsion of the kidney stones through the urinary tract.

Radish (Mooli)- Mooli seeds and leaves can be taken in order to eject the kidney stones through the urinary system.

Henna or Mehndi- In order to expel kidney stones, the bark of the mehndi tree is mixed with twenty parts of water till it boils down to one-fourth its previous volume. This syrup is taken in volumes of 20 to 30 ml, twice or thrice a day, depending on the nature of severity of the pain.

Silver Saxifrage (Pashanabheda)- This herb, which literally breaks the rock it grows in, has been accorded capability of breaking the stones within the kidney and helping them to pass out with the urine.

Three-leaved Caper (Varuna)- Varuna is useful in the treatment of renal calculi and also urinary tract infections if they arise.

Celery (Ajmoda)- Just including celery in the regular diet can help to prevent the crystallization of minerals in the urine.

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