KIDNEY STONE PROBLEMS

Western Medicine understands that Kidney stones are crystals made up of mineral and organic substances. Unfortunately, Western Medicine has no identifiable cause of kidney stones in the vast majority of cases. There are however, some factors which Western Medicine believes may attribute to kidney stones. Some believe that stones result from inherited disorders or from excessive consumption of foods or drinks with oxalic acid such as spinach, leafy vegetables, rhubarb, and coffee. Metabolic disorders and diseases which result in too much calcium in the blood like hyperparathyroidism, multiple myeloma or hormonal disorders are also used to explain the cause of kidney stones. Western Medicine has to wait until the stones get big enough to cause severe pains or until blood is seen in the urine before kidney stones are detected. Diagnosis requires examining the urine to detect any red blood cells or the presence of crystals. Scans, X-rays, and dye injections are also used to visually identify the stones on film.

Treatment of kidney stones with Western Medicine involves the use of a special catheter type device to hook and drag out stones in the lower end of the urinary tract. Surgery or ultrasonic treatments are used to eliminate the larger stones. Since the small, grain like stones cannot be eliminated with Western Medicine, kidney stones often reoccur.

Traditional Chinese Medicine can detect and eliminate kidney stones when they are virtually undetectable by Western Medicine. The body can accurately detect if there are any kidney stones, even if they are as small as grains of sand. Kidney stones will result from the excessive consumption of calcium supplements, Vitamin C supplements, or from drinking unfiltered tap water. Individuals who have kidney related disorders in which the urine is not completely eliminated may have an increased risk of developing stones.

Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture and herbs to eliminate kidney stones. Herbal medicines are used to allow more water to get to the kidneys, separate and break up existing and developing stones, and stop and prevent bleeding. Good preventative measures for kidney stones include avoiding calcium and Vitamin C supplements or pills, and drinking only good quality filtered water. Avoid drinking underground water and drink tea more often because it acts like baking soda. It neutralizes acidity in the body.

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