- Alternative & Natural Medicine
How to End Kidney Stones Naturally - Chanca Piedra
I’ve had two kidney stone attacks in my life. They weren’t fun. They were the most painful things I’ve ever endured. Once I had them, I knew I was in for a lifetime of kidney stones. I thought, if they formed twice, I’ll probably get them again. It affects about 10% of American men and 5% of American women. Chances are, you know somebody who’s had painful kidney stones.
In the States, my urologist and the Internet told me to drink lots of water and avoid certain foods for my calcium oxalate stones (about 80% are this type): strawberries, black tea, coffee, chocolate, carbonated drinks, spinach, cashews and peanuts, beets, sweet potatoes, and many more wonderful and otherwise healthy foods.
Well, I drank lots of water and cut way back on the above, as my doctor told me, but two years later I got another stone. I did all the right things, but still had a repeat attack.
When it happened, it took me to the floor. The pain was excruciating. I threw up for hours and, eventually, went to the ER. Once they put in the pain killers, I was okay to leave and make an appointment for surgery. After the removal of the stone from my ureter, and subsequent follow-up with my urologist, I swore I would never go through it again.
New Country, New Ideas
Soon after (April 1, 2009), we moved to Costa Rica. A few months later, I made it a point to see a local urologist, Dr. Johnny Rodriguez at the Los Angeles Clinic in San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica. Cost: $60. He did the digital thing, and gave me a script for an X-Ray at the local Caja hospital; it was free with our monthly Caja (Costa Rica's national healthcare system) payment of $42. For more information on the Costa Rican healthcare system, read our articles here.
A week later, I took the results back to Dr. Johnny. Sure enough, I had a stone, so he sent me to get an ultrasound (cost: $30). Yes, they confirmed, I had a 7mm stone attached to the wall of my kidney. He told me to drink lots of water and take Chanca Piedra.“Chanca what??” I asked. Before purchasing it at our local macrobiotica (health food store), we looked it up on the Internet. We found that there had been over 300 studies with positive results and no side effects. According to these unofficial studies, Chanca Piedra worked quickly, sometimes in just a few weeks, to break up the stones and allow them to pass harmlessly through the urinary tract.
It’s natural and comes from Peru and Brazil. I consider it a wonder pill. The first month, I took three a day, with or without food. The second month, I reduced it to two a day, and then to one a day during the third month. I still take one a day as a maintenance dose. It probably did its job the first month, but who wants to take a chance? It only takes one kidney stone attack to make you realize that you never want another excruciatingly painful, debilitating, put-you-on-the-floor kidney stone again. This was the best advice I EVER got from a doc! The last time a doctor (in Maryland) told me to come back to monitor the progress of my stones, I ended up in the ER in a week!
I’ve never been a great believer in natural cures, but I’m a believer in Chanca Piedra. This stuff is great. I think it works -- at least I haven’t had another kidney stone attack since I’ve been in Costa Rica. But I did have that 7mm stone in my kidney just waiting to grow and descend. It’s two years later, and I’m still waiting, thank God!
Relief, Yes, But at What Price?
Now you might think Chanca Piedra costs a fortune. I mean, wouldn’t you spend almost anything to not get another kidney stone? Personally, I’d be willing to spend $1 a pill, even more, not to ever feel that kind of pain again. Well, actually, Chanca Piedra is very inexpensive.
Royal Breakstone, Whole World Botanicals' line of Chanca Piedra products, is very inexpensive. One bottle of 120 capsules, 500 mg per capsule, costs only $24.95 plus shipping. The shipping charges will vary depending on your location, but are reasonable, as Chanca Piedra is shipped from the U.S. The price, $24.95, is only 21 cents per capsule. The first month, taking 3 capsules a day, the cost is just 63 cents per day, or $18.90 per month. Then, 2 a day at 42 cents and finally 1 a day at 21 cents in month three and thereafter. But as I previously mentioned, I still take 1 a day as a maintenance dose to prevent calcium oxalate stones from forming again. One capsule a day, 21 cents a day, to never experience that unbelievable pain again. It seems like a small price to pay, and it is!
Why Whole World Botanicals?
We chose Whole World Botanicals because their products are made of the highest quality, single source botanicals from the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon rainforest, and are Certified Organic. They have been in business for 14 years and buy medicinal plants directly from the local/native people who grow or collect them whenever possible and to practice fair trade with them. They also have lots of helpful information about Chance Piedra on their website. They explain the many other traditional uses as well, including gall stones, diabetes, and bladder infections, to name a few. You can read all about it, as well as the research findings and doctors’ experiences here.