Bladder Stones

Overview

Bladder stones are small stones that form inside the bladder and can irritate the wall of the bladder and disrupt the flow of urine out of the bladder.

This can cause symptoms such as:

  • Pain, which can often be severe, in the lower abdomen
  • Changes to the normal pattern of urination, such as having to pass urine much more frequently or waking up in the night needing to go to the toilet
  • Blood in your urine
  • Pain when urinating

Most cases of bladder stones affect older men aged 50 or above, due to the link with prostate enlargement.

Bladder stones can affect children, but this is much less common, with an average of 20 to 40 cases a year. The best way to prevent bladder stones is to drink plenty of liquids. Juices containing citrates are thought to reduce the risk of stone formation. A study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology indicate orange juice is more effective at preventing stone formation than other citrus juices. Men who have difficulty with urination due to prostatic hypertrophy should seek treatment.

In some cases, bladder stones do not cause any symptoms. This is because they can be small enough to be passed out of the bladder during urination.

However, most people with bladder stones do experience symptoms because the stones either irritate the wall of the bladder or block the normal flow of urine out of the bladder.

Symptoms of bladder stones include:

  • Lower abdominal pain
  • In men, pain in the penis and scrotum
  • Pain around the back, buttocks and hips, which can be made worse when moving or exercising (in both men and women)
  • pain when urinating
  • Blood in the urine
  • Intermittent (stop-start) urination
  • Needing to urinate more frequently than usual
  • Waking up during the night because you need to urinate
  • Difficulty beginning to urinate

Additional symptoms in children include:

  • In boys, a persistent and often painful erection, that is unrelated to sexual desire (the medical term for this is priapism)
  • Bedwetting

In England (and in other developed countries) the most common cause of bladder stones is when a person is unable to completely empty the urine from their bladder.

If urine sits in the bladder for some time, the chemicals contained in the urine will begin to form crystals and these crystals will come together and harden to form bladder stones.

Reasons why a person may be unable to empty their bladder completely include:

  • In men, having an enlarged prostate gland that blocks the flow of urine out of the bladder
  • An injury to the spine that damages the nerves used to control the bladder

In the developing world eating a poor diet is a common cause of bladder stones. A diet lacking in nutrients can change the chemical make-up of urine making the formation of stones more likely.

Poor diet is a much less common cause of bladder stones in England, but one that is relatively common in parts of the developing world.

A diet that is high in fat, sugar or salt but low in vitamin A and vitamin B can increase the risk of bladder stones, especially if a person is also not getting enough fluids to drink.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

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In the developing world eating a poor diet is a common cause of bladder stones. A diet lacking in nutrients can change the chemical make-up of urine making the formation of stones more likely.

Diet and fluid intake may be the most important factors in causing bladder stones. Diets that are high in calcium and protein may cause bladder stones. Lack of fluid intake also seems to increase the chances of bladder stone formation. Lifestyle factors such as incomplete elimination of urine and holding the urine for extended periods of time also contribute.

When bladder stones are treated, one of the most important aspects is increased water intake. Anyone prone to bladder stones should drink more fluid. Research shows that bladder stones are more likely in people who are consistently dehydrated.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products.  The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows.  If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef.  The best beef is organic grass fed beef.The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.

Supplements:

Here are just a few supplements you can try to promote general bladder health:

Cranberry – Cranberry juice, supplements and teas are natural remedies that can help treat bladder infections. Pure cranberry helps acidify urine, which inhibits bacterial growth and prevents bacteria from binding to the wall of the bladder.

Uva-Ursi- A small cranberry also known as bearberry, this is a Native American remedy used to treat urinary tract infections and bladder inflammation. The leaves of the plant, found in tea and capsule form, act as an antiseptic and diuretic. The University of Maryland Medial Center warns that uva ursi may be toxic to the liver if taken in large quantities. Do not take uva ursi for more than five days in a row.

GreenTea – The polyphenols in green tea may play an important role in protecting the bladder and reducing the risk of bladder cancer. Preliminary research has shown that women who consumed powered green tea were less likely to develop bladder cancer. Green tea is available in caffeinated or decaffeinated form and found in tea varieties or capsules.

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details here.
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

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Cod liver oil

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Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

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Ayurvedic Medicine

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Diseases of the urinary tract and kidneys are broadly classifed under the heading of “Mutravahasrota Roga”. In general, diseases of the bladder and urthera are called “Mutraghata” whereas metabolic diseases marked by polyuria (excessive urination) are typically classified under the heading of “Prameha”. Urinary diseases under the heading Mutraghata can also be classified into thirteen categories: Vatakundalika, Vatasthila, Vatavasti, Mutratita, Mutrajathara, Mutrasanga, Mutrakshaya, Mutragranthi, Usnavata, Vastikundalam, Vidvidhata, Mutrasada and Ashmari. Prameha and other kidneys disorders are discussed in the next chapter.

The general remedies for disorders of the urinary tract are diuretics (mutravirechana), which promote the flow of urine and correct the downward flow of Vata dosha. This chapter will make frequent reference to diuretics, some of which can be chosen from this list of useful remedies:

  1. Gokshura fruit(Tribulus terrestris)
  2. Pashanabheda root (rockfoil / Bergenia ligulata)
  3. Pueraria tuber(vidari / Pueraria lobata)
  4. Punarnava plant/root (Boerhavia difusa)
  5. Shilajita Rasayana
  6. Shukti Bhasma(oyster shell ash /Ostrea gigas)
  7. Soraka (Potassium chloride)
  8. Yava seed(barley / Hordeum vulgare)
  9. Yavakshara alkaline ash(barley plant / Hordeum vulgare)

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)practitioners believe that the primary goal for those suffering from bladder stones and urinary dysfunctions is the restoration of balance and equilibrium within the body and key organs. TCM practitioners work to support a person’s body with diet, herbal supplementation and stress reduction. This philosophy of balancing and supporting the body was used in the development of natural formulations that were designed to promote a healthy bladder and urinary system.

There is a curiosity in Western science regarding Chinese medicinal diagnosis of, and treatment for, urinary bladder stones, a very painful condition affecting many Americans. Since the discovery of lithotripsy (breaking down a calculus in the urinary system into pieces small enough to be washed out), the profession of urology has evolved.

Acupuncture can also be used in the treatment of urinary stones, helping to clear heat, drain damp, expel the stones and unblock the painful urinary dysfunction.

Aromatherapy

The urinary system, consisting of the kidneys and bladder, regulates the body’s water content and salt balance, and eliminates waste. The kidney determines what will be eliminated and what will be recycled. It is also involved in regulating blood pressure.

Antiseptic diuretics to treat bladder infections include cedar wood, tea tree, bergamot and fennel. Unlike some urinary herbs used to treat infection, such as uva ursi, these essential oils work well in both an acid and an alkaline environment. This means that they can be used in conjunction with cranberries, which acidify the urine. Use these oils preventively in a regular bath or a sitz bath.

If you’re suffering from a bladder infection, try the following remedy:

Bladder Infection Relief
6 drops tea tree
2 drops thyme linalol
2 drops juniper
2 drops clove
2 drops oregano

1 ounce carrier oil (calendula is one of the best choices)

Mix the oils. Use as a massage oil over the bladder area twice per day. However, get professional help if there is a chance that you have a kidney infection.

Herbal Adjuncts-Use essential oils as part of a more comprehensive healing program that includes herbs and diet. The use of soothing herbal teas is a welcome adjunct to any treatment. Examples are plantain, marshmallow root and corn silk (yes, the hairy stuff under the husk; eat it fresh-it tastes just like corn-or make it into tea).

Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Sarsasparilla – This is typically given to people who feel severe urethra pain at the end of urination.

Cantharus  – Typically given to those whose bladder symptoms have developed very quickly, Cantharus is worth considering as a treatment option.

Berberis  – A remedy for those who are experiencing pain along the urethra and especially at the opening where the urine leaves the body.

Herbs

For centuries, some people have used herbs to treat and prevent stones that form in the kidneys and bladder. Traditional herbs for bladder stones include gravel root (also called kidney root, queen of the meadow and Joe Pye), stone root (also called citronella and colinsonia) and hydrangea (wild or mountain hydrangea).

These herbs are used alone or in various combinations and drunk as tea or taken in tincture form. Some herbal formulas add marshmallow (the plant, not the confection), which is said to coat the fragments so that they can be eliminated painlessly. No studies, however, have confirmed that herbs can break up bladder stones, which are extremely hard and usually require a laser, ultrasound or other procedure for removal.

For prevention, parsley leaf is reported to have a diuretic effect and may be helpful for preventing bladder stones.

Other

Exercise:

Yoga The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php

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Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

How to control bedwetting – a symptom of bladder stone www.homeveda.com/urinary-problems/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-bed-wetting.html

EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html

Further Information (links and books)

Herbs for bladder stone www.mayoclinic.com/health/bladder-stones/DS00904/DSECTION=alternative-medicine

Supplements for bladder health www.livestrong.com/article/248816-supplements-for-bladder-health

Diet for bladder stones www.ehow.com/about_6513309_diet-bladder-stones.html

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