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Cure Kidney Stones with Herbs

Updated on August 23, 2018

Signs that your kidneys need attention (besides incontinence) are bad-smelling, dark, or cloudy urine. Low back pain and/or problems with UTIs would also be an indication.

The purpose of the kidneys is to filter out waste materials from the bloodstream. Inadequate fluid intake will prevent the kidneys from flushing out these materials. Some of these materials, if they are not flushed out of the kidneys, will form stones of various kinds, which provide breeding grounds for bacteria, leading to infection.

In North America, the major substance making up stones is calcium oxalate, sometimes in combination with calcium phosphate, and there may also be uric acid crystals. There could be a low-grade infection—or a known infection.


Many, if not most, kidney stones can be passed painlessly (or dissolved), without the need for conventional medical treatments. Several herbs are used in combination. The formula includes one or more lithotropics (that encourage stones to pass through the urinary tract), diuretics (to increase the flow or urine), and demulcents (to create a soothing film over mucus membranes, so that stones pass painlessly).

IMPORTANT! Drink lots of water while taking these herbs! Water is required in reasonable quantities to flush out stones, gravel, and other impurities.

One of my neighbors has a history of kidney stones and at one time underwent a painful surgery to remove them.

Later on, his doctors detected another stone. My neighbor was anxious to avoid another surgery. He did the kidney flush below, drank some cherry juice and lots of water with lemon juice. I suggested that he also eat radishes regularly. A few weeks later, my neighbor paid another visit to the doctor. The kidney stone revealed in the earlier test was gone.


Drink lots of water while taking this! The idea is to flush out stones and sediment, and this requires water.

10 cups water

¼ cup hydrangea root

¼ cup gravel root

¼ cup marshmallow root

¼ cup parsley root

You could also add ¼ cup uva ursi, but, if you do, be sure to also include the parsley root and marshmallow root. Leave out uva ursi if you are pregnant.

In this formula, the hydrangea root and gravel root are lithotropics, the parsley root is a diuretic, and the marshmallow root is a demulcent. Uva ursi, if used, is a diuretic that is considered a specific for cystitis, urethritis, and kidney and bladder stones and would be an excellent addition, with the above caveats.

Put the roots in a large pot, add 10 cups of water and let the roots soak for four hours or overnight. Then bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain, let cool, and refrigerate a few cups and freeze the rest.

Drink about one to one-and-a half cups of this daily, a little at a time throughout the day.

Save the roots in the freezer, since they can be used to make a second batch, this time adding only six cups of water to them before simmering.

Once again: Drink plenty of water during the kidney flush.

It will also help to plenty of radishes and drink lots of cranberry juice and cherry juice. Radishes will help dissolve stones, cherry juice dissolves uric acid stones, and cranberry juice will clear any tendency to infection.

If there is any irritation, slippery elm tea may be taken to soothe and heal the tissues. Slippery elm tea may be made either hot or cold, by mixing a teaspoon of powdered slippery elm bark with one to two cups water. The powder will dissolve more easily in water if allowed to stand for about five minutes before stirring, or you can make a paste of the powder by mixing with cold water and then stirring the paste into a cup of hot or cold water. While it should not be necessary to take slippery elm along with the above herbs, it could be taken if you feel especially concerned.


Here’s another very old cure for kidney stones that has been revived. Many modern herbalists (and their patients) swear by it. It’s effectiveness can be little short of miraculous.

Maude Grieve, in her book, A Modern Herbal, first published in the 1930s, says, “Radishes are an excellent food remedy for stone, gravel and scorbutic conditions. The juice has been used in the treatment of cholelithiasis as an aid in preventing the formation of biliary calculi.”


The procedure:

“The expressed juice…is given in increasing doses of from ½ to 2 cupfuls daily. The 2 cupfuls are continued for two or three weeks, then the dose is decreased until ½ cupful is taken three times a week for three or four more weeks. The treatment may be repeated by taking 1 cupful at the beginning, then ½ daily, and later, ½ every second day.”

Radish juice would, of course, be most easily prepared using a juicer.

I have heard of instances in which radish juice dissolved kidney stones very quickly. In one instance, I was told that the stones disappeared in a matter of hours.

Often, if kidney stones are detected, it may be some time before you are examined again, so it is probably wise to follow the procedure suggested by Grieve, rather than relying on smaller and/or shorter-term doses.

Ridding the body of kidney stones can be both painless and inexpensive!


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