VrukkaAshmari (Kidney Stones): Root Causes and Treatment with Ayurveda
Accompanied by severe bouts of pain in the lower back, a kidney stone can be a debilitating medical condition that often ends up in the operation theatre. According to an estimate by Kidney.org, one in ten people get kidney stones at some point of time in their lives. And the most disturbing fact is that kidney stones tend to recur even after surgical removal.
However, following ancient Ayurvedic principles, these calcified toxins of our body that accumulate in our kidneys can be eliminated through dietary changes and appropriate medications.
What causes VrukkaAshmari?
In the ancient Indian medical system Ayurveda, Kidney Stone is referred to as VurkkaAshmari, Vrukka being kidney while the stone is referred to as Ashmari in Sanskrit. Attributed to the imbalance of the three Doshas or the forces of the body, kidney stone forms as a result of improper diet and erratic lifestyle. The Doshas in imbalance disturb the digestive fire of the body, leading to the rise of ama or toxins. These toxins then flow down our body, accumulates, and crystallizes to form stones in the kidney, ureter, or bladder. In a layman’s language, if you lead a sedentary life, avoid bathroom breaks for long, are not friends with H2O and instead, prefer aerated drinks and alcohol, consume a lot of animal protein or fat-laden food, and opt for the easier option of packaged food, then one or more jewels are just waiting to form in your urinary system. You could also get them through a genetic legacy or as a result of prolonged usage of certain medications.
Treating VrukkaAshmari the Ayurveda Way
The root cause of every ailment is targeted in Ayurveda to treat and remove any possibility of recurrence. In the case of kidney stones too, each patient is treated differently based on their prakriti, doshas, and other factors that cause the ailment in the first place. This level of customization for every patient leads to an accurate prescription of plant-based medication, dietary and lifestyle changes.
However, a typical Ayurvedic line of kidney stone treatment would include penetrative medication to break down the stones, and diuretic therapy to flush out the small-sized ones, apart from coolants and remedies to correct the dosha imbalance.
Panchakarma is another Ayurvedic therapy used to flush out toxins of the body and restore holistic well-being. Some of the prominent medicinal herbs used in Ayurveda to treat VrukkaAshmari are:
- Patharphodi or Shila pushp (Didymocarpus pedicellata),
- Chirayata (Swerita Chirata),
- Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris),
- Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna),
- Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera),
- Fenugreek seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum),
- Shatavari root (Asparagus racemosus),
- Ban Tulsi (Origanum vulgare),
- Kalonji (Nigella Sativa),
- Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa),
- Varuna bark (Crataeva nurvala),
- Pashanbheda (Bergenia ligulata),
- Kullattha (Dolichos biflorus),
- Banana stem (Musa paradisiaca)
All these medicinal herbs have been tested and proved to have properties that can prevent, manage, dissolve, and facilitate the removal of kidney stones. Our Renal Care (S5) is an authentic Ayurvedic formulation which uses many of these powerful herbs, therefore, it’s an excellent supplement for VrukkaAshmari management.
Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle for Kidney Stone Management
Besides these herbal medications, Ayurveda also advises people with kidney stones to maintain adequate water intake throughout the day, including coconut water, sugarcane juice, barley water, among others. Caffeine intake should be restricted along with high-protein food items and packaged food products. Green vegetables like cucumber, shigru or drumstick, gourds, pumpkins, etc. are also recommended. Regular practicing yogasanas like Vajrasana, Pawanmuktasana, Uthanapadasana, Dhanurasana, among others can be beneficial too.
For any discomfort in passing urine, or pain in the lower abdominal region, do not hesitate to consult Miracle Drinks — the Ayurveda expert for the correct diagnosis and a proper personalized treatment plan.