You probably never knew of the effect a 2mm object could have on you until you experienced the phenomenon called kidney stone. Kidney stones, if you’re among the average person who has experienced the excruciating pain brought about by the simple looking kidney stone.

In case you haven’t encountered the ‘kideny stone’ yet or met with it just once – you still need to know some more about the ‘stone.’ Why?  Because this rather painful little deposit can cause enough uproar in your system and can recur – if you don’t respect it enough. A few simple guidelines on the dos and don’ts, and you’re golden.

First things first: What is the kidney stone?

Ayurveda categorizes kidney stones into the following four types based on their color, cause, and symptoms they produce:

  1. Vatashmari
  2. Pittashamari
  3. Kaphashamri
  4. Shukrashamri

Kidney stones are little deposits formed in the ureter and bladder. These deposits obstruct

the flow of bodily toxins, which would otherwise pass naturally through urine.

According to Ayurveda, an imbalance of vata leads to the drying of kapha.  This, in turn, leads to kidney stones.

How do kidney stones develop?

Disclaimer: All of us are human and might be guilty as charged with the points below. However, there are several chances for us to remedy ourselves – if we choose to.

Presenting the fact and the mind

Fact of the matterBut the mind says
Less water intakeRemember, you meant to have at least 4 liters a day?
OvereatingThat happens every day/when I’m in a hurry/upset
Avoiding/postponing urinal urgesHmm, I’m too bored to get up from my movie/reading/chatting
Staying up late nightsPeople don’t seem to understand the inspiration that strikes at midnight
Aerated drinksI’ve promised to give up next year
Excess dairy productsNot always
Eating food which led to gas/bloatingNot always
Irregular daily regimes which led to aciditySame as above
Sedentary lifestyleI do know sitting is the new smoking
Untimely eatingCan I help it if my work just got over?
Use of preservative food Isn’t it easier?
Uses of sauces, vinegarOnly sometimes? Or did I forget I added some just yesterday? And the day before?
Alcohol consumptionIt’s all his fault
Non-vegetarian foodIt’s the cat’s fault
CaffeineIt’s the boss’ fault
Urinary tract infectionAh?

What happens when the kidney stone strikes?

  • PAIN. It’s just an excruciating pain in the area of the kidney, spreading towards the spine and all over
  • Nausea
  • Heaviness in breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Feeling bloated
  • Frequent sensation of urination
  • Difficulty in urination/pain urination
  • Fever and chills

Combating the kidney stone with Ayurveda

The removal or reduction of the stone size will depend on the size, shape, location, and strength of the stone.

According to Ayurveda,

  • Small-sized stones can be removed through food, preventive measures, and adequate water intake
  • Ayurvedic herbs and medicines can break a stone, larger than a grain of sand
  • In advanced cases, large stones can be removed with flush therapy or invasive surgical methods

Some home remedies for Kidney Stones

1) Drink right:

    Barley water (morning and evening)

    Lemon water


    Coconut water (morning)

    Pumpkin soup

    Sweet lime juice (not in excess) 

2) Consume sugarcane:

    Mix green cardamom with a little sugarcane juice (twice a day empty stomach)

    Tulsi seeds with sugarcane and milk

    Cumin seeds, sugarcane, and honey

    Fennel seeds, coriander, sugarcane/mishri (unrefined sugar)

3) Take some watermelon (preferably eat the fruit)

4) Include amla powder in food

Dos vs Don’ts: A simple truth about Ayurvedic remedies

  •  Drink enough water vs liquor consumption, aerated drinks
  •  Eat on time
  •  Urinate on time vs holding the urge
  •  Cleanse the bowel by drinking warm water early in the morning
  •  Avoid tomatoes, brinjal, chikku, too many bananas, dairy products, maida food – if you have a history of kidney stones
  •  Regularly practice yoga poses, meditation, pranayama vs a sedentary lifestyle / too much   exercise (in the case of a large stone, or hypertension)
  •  Eat fruits with high water content

Inputs for this piece have been given by Dr. Ashwin, Sri Sri Ayurveda doctor

These ayurvedic remedies can be followed in general and will be beneficial. It’s advised to get a complete ayurvedic check-up to get a customized treatment plan. Contact a Sri Sri Ayurveda doctor today.