Stones - A Treatment
A Synergy of Herbs & Essential Oil Therapy
Compiled by Jeanne Rose,
August 26, 2004
INTRODUCTION & Definitions: Kidney stones are hardened,
calcified particles that can build up in the kidney.
formed from chemicals in urine that crystallize and stick together.
Some cause problems, and others we may never know are there.
Anti-lithic – A diuretic with the ability to prevent the formation
of stones or gravel
Lithectasy – Removal of a stone through the urethra.
Lithiasis -The formation
of stones within the body, as gallstones or kidney stones.
Litholapaxy – A procedure whereby a stone in the urinary bladder
is crushed and washed out of the bladder and performed through
Lithontriptic - Lith`on`trip´tic.
Having the quality of, or used for, dissolving or destroying stone
in the bladder or kidneys; as, lithontriptic forceps.
HERBAL Treatments: Hoffman recommends anti-lithics. These are
diuretics with the ability to prevent the formation or aid in the
removal of stone in the urinary system. Gravel root (eupatorium
purpureum), Hydrangea (Hydrangea
arborescens), Parsley Piert Aphanes
arvensis), Pellitory of the Wall (Parietaria
diffusa) and Stone Root (Collinsonia
canadensis) are the most commonly used.
hydrosol, which is a diuretic, may be of use. Take 3 t/day for a
course of treatment (10days)
ESSENTIAL OILS: Ammi visnaga is a seed whose essential oil is considered
lithontriptic. It can be inhaled or taken internally for a course of
treatment*. A side benefit is that this essential oil is also a
powerful bronchodilator (int). Other
essential oils that can be taken are Juniper berry (Juniperus
communis) in the carrier oil,
drops in a capsule of Corn silk, Couch grass or Parsley, taken three
times a day. A course of treatment is 3, 5, 7, or 9 days. Then stop
for the same amount of days.]
MASSAGE: Any selection of essential oils that is relaxing,
analgesic, and diuretic would be of use as a complimentary treatment
for kidney stones.
DIET: Eat a low protein diet. The foods should include vegetables
such as Lovage, Celery, Asparagus and Artichoke; all of which are
good preventatives of stone formation.
Magnesium has been found to be very important in
the prevention of stone formation. Eat foods rich in magnesium, such
as barley, bran, corn, buckwheat, rye, oats, brown rice, potatoes,
SUPPLEMENTS: Drink at
least 8 glasses of water per day plus use herbs and herbal teas.
HERBS: A useful
formula would be equal parts of Corn silk (urinary demulcent);
Gravel Root, Hydrangea and Stone root (these three are anti-lithic
diuretics); which would be drunk as a tea three times daily. This
formula can also be used as a daily tea once a day as a preventative
HYDROTHERAPY/SPA: Salt baths, particularly those that include the
Magnesium salts such as Epsom salts and Dead Sea Salts are useful as
a course of treatment. I
believe that I would add the following essential oils to each bath:
3 drops each of Fennel seed, Juniper berry, Grapefruit peel, and
EMOTIONAL Attention OR Other Complementary Treatments are always
ALWAYS USE a combination of treatments: baths, essential oils,
hydrosols, dietary supplements and anything that you can possibly
think of that will help for your condition.
Read only the best magazines, books and non-New-Age (not
woo-woo!) common sense info.
David. The New Holistic
Herbal. Element Books. 1990
Jeanne. 375 Essential Oils and
Hydrosols. Frog Ltd.
Robert E. Medical dictionary
and Health Manual. Signet
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